Breast Surgery

Our specialist breast care team provide accurate diagnosis and management of malignant and benign breast diseases, including breast cancer.

At Ramsay Health Care UK Hospitals we investigate breast symptoms using advanced imaging and laboratory tests to evaluate breast diseases including: breast ultrasound, mammogram, fine needle aspiration (FNA), core needle biopsy, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and bone density scanning.

We provide a full range of breast surgery procedures including breast conserving surgery, mastectomy, lymph node surgery and reconstructive surgery as well as other treatment options such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormone therapy and biological (targeted) therapy for patients diagnosed with breast cancer.

With a highly skilled and experienced team of breast care consultant surgeons, radiologists, radiographers, pathologists, oncologists and specialist breast care nurses we deliver a multidisciplinary approach to all breast care.

Screen-detected breast cancer

Breast screening aims to find breast cancers early. A mammogram is used to detect cancers that are too small to see or feel. Breast screening is offered to women aged 50 to 70 years every three years. Breast cancer diagnosed at screening may be at an early stage and appropriate treatment will be offered to remove the cancer. Often breast conserving surgery can be performed at this early stage.

Oncological breast surgery

Our breast cancer patients are treated with the utmost care and respect. Breast oncologists deliver high quality surgical and oncological care for all stages of breast cancer.

Surgery is the first treatment for most people with breast cancer. Your surgeon may offer breast conserving surgery also known as lumpectomy (the removal of the cancer and a border of normal breast tissue to reduce the risk of cancer returning and to try and stop it spreading) or a mastectomy (the removal of all of your breast tissue). Breast reconstruction is often performed at the same time as breast cancer surgery.

If your cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes you can have lymph node surgery to remove them.

Reconstructive breast surgery

Reconstructive breast surgery involves rebuilding the shape of a woman’s breast using surgery. It’s offered if you’ve had part, or all, of your breast removed in breast cancer surgery. You can choose to have reconstructive breast surgery at the same time as your cancer surgery or afterwards. Options for reconstructive breast surgery include the use of implants or using your own skin and fat tissue from another part of your body such as your abdomen. Your breast surgeon will discuss with you the best options for your individual needs.

Risk-reducing surgery

Some women have a high risk of breast cancer such as if they have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer. There are several options in the management of high risk breast cancer. Risk-reducing mastectomy is an operation to remove healthy breasts and reduce your risk of breast cancer by up to 95%. Other choices to manage high risk breast cancer include regular breast screening to help detect breast cancer at an early stage when it is often curable, surgery to remove the ovaries and fallopian tubes for women with faulty genes and, drugs to prevent breast cancer called chemoprevention.

Benign breast conditions and lumps

Benign (non-cancerous) breast conditions and lumps are very common and may or may not require treatment. Women’s breasts are constantly changing from puberty, to pregnancy through to the menopause. This is due to varying levels of the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone in your body. It’s important that if you find changes or something unusual in one of your breasts that you see a health care provider as soon as possible.

There are many different types of benign breast lump, but the majority will be: breast cysts (fluid filled sacs in your breast tissue) or fibroadenomas (solid lumps caused by glandular tissue and ducts growing over the milk producing glands).

Men and boys can also develop benign breast conditions. The most common benign condition in men is gynaecomastia (an enlargement of male breast tissue).

Treatment is not normally required for most types of benign breast lumps, unless the lump is causing symptoms. A cyst can be drained (aspirated) with a needle. Larger breast lumps may be removed to prevent them getting any bigger.

General breast surgery

General breast surgery covers all areas of breast surgery including biopsies, mastectomies and breast augmentation as well as non-surgical management of breast diseases. Breast augmentation and other cosmetic surgeries are performed by our highly skilled team of plastic surgeons.  

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