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Breast Surgery from Experts in Breast & Cancer Care

If you or someone you love is in need of breast surgery, Southcoast Health is here to help. With a staff of experienced oncologists and a local breast care team, we have the surgical skills and breast surgery options to make your health a priority.

Whether your doctor has recommended surgical biopsy, a mastectomy, reconstructive or other breast surgery in Fall River, Dartmouth or New Bedford, MA, we can offer you an unbeatable community of care. Explore the Southcoast Breast Center, then find a doctor near you to set up a consultation.

Breast Surgery Options

At Southcoast, we take the health of our community very seriously — which is why we offer surgical services that are effective and built around our patients’ unique needs. From diagnosis to treatment, we offer the following treatments for breast surgery in MA and RI.

Surgical Biopsy

This involves the removal of an entire lump, and usually a rim of tissue around the lump, through surgery. The tissue then receives further testing.

Breast Conserving Surgery

Several surgical treatments are now available for breast cancer that conserves breast tissue while effectively treating the cancer. For most women with early stage breast cancer, breast conservation surgery is as effective as mastectomy, with studies showing survival rates to be the same.

Lumpectomy

This involves the surgical removal of the cancerous lump and a surrounding margin of normal tissue. If this margin is found to contain cancerous cells upon testing, additional tissue will be removed. Radiation is usually given for about six weeks following lumpectomy.

Partial or Segmental Mastectomy (Quadrantectomy)

This procedure removes more breast tissue than lumpectomy (up to one quarter or more of the breast). Radiation therapy usually follows the surgery.

Simple or Total Mastectomy

A mastectomy involves removal of the entire breast but does not remove underarm lymph nodes or muscle tissue from beneath the breast.

Modified Radical Mastectomy

This includes the removal of the entire breast and some of the underarm lymph nodes. Modified radical mastectomy is the most common type of surgery for women with breast cancer who have the entire breast removed.

Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy

This is a type of mastectomy that involves the removal of all of the breast tissue without removing any of the skin, nipple or areola (the dark skin around the nipple).

Cryoablation Procedure for Fibroadenoma

This is a new procedure that involves using very cold liquid nitrogen to destroy benign tumors (or fibroadenomas) in the breast.

Trusted Breast Surgery in Fall River, New Bedford & Wareham

The Southcoast Breast Center has received a three-year full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, which means that you can trust your breast surgery to our experienced surgeons at Southcoast Health.

Patients in Fall River, Dartmouth, New Bedford, Wareham, MA and parts of RI rely on Southcoast Health for advanced breast cancer surgery through Charlton Memorial Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, Tobey Hospital and Southcoast Surgery Center.