Breast Surgery

Breast Surgery at Saratoga Hospital

Our highly skilled surgeons work as a team with specially trained anesthesiologists, nurses, physician assistants, and surgical technicians. State-of-the-art diagnostic and surgical technology and tools help ensure that patients receive high quality care in a safe environment—and the best possible outcomes.

Overview

Breast surgery can be performed by breast surgeons, general surgeons, or plastic surgeons. Breast surgery is generally performed for one of the following reasons:

  • To diagnose, treat or prevent diseases of the breast
  • To reconstruct the breast after surgery for treatment or prevention
  • To improve the cosmetic appearance of the breast or symmetry between the breasts

Dr. Kennedy and her team review the surgical treatment options with patients, and help direct the development of the entire care plan.

Meet Our Team 

Our breast care provider team includes nurse navigators, radiologists, a fellowship trained breast surgeon, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, plastic surgeons, physical therapists, an oncology social worker, and dietitians.

Although care is delivered by a diverse team of specialists, the nurse navigators and the Saratoga Hospital Center for Breast Care staff coordinate and streamline the process so that each individual patient is provided with the specialized, supportive care and attention they deserve.

“We partner with patients, making sure they understand all their choices and options. I always want to know what’s important to my patients and their families.”

  –Patricia Rae Kennedy, MD, FACS, Clinical Director, Saratoga Hospital Center for Breast Care

 

 

 

Providers:

Joseph W. Bell, MD, FACS
Patricia Rae Kennedy, MD, FACS

Lisa Wolf, PA-C

Affiliate Provider – Casian Monaco, MD

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Services

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Imaging

Breast Imaging

We offer imaging, such as mammography, breast ultrasound and breast MRI, along with other screenings to our patients. You can learn more by visiting our Imaging page.

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Biopsies

Needle Biopsies

An image guided needle biopsy is a highly accurate alternative to a surgical breast biopsy. This procedure is done by a radiologist, using local anesthesia to numb the area while small pieces of tissue are obtained through a needle. The tissue samples are sent to pathology for analysis.

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Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

This is a surgical technique to determine if cancer has spread outside the breast to the lymph nodes

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Surgical (Excisional Biopsies)

A surgical biopsy, also known as an excisional biopsy, can be done by a surgeon, in the operating room. During this procedure, the entire area of suspicious tissue from the breast, and a small rime of normal tissue around the as well will be removed.

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Surgery Options

Axillary Dissection

This is surgery to remove the lymph nodes in the armpit area. It is done if cancer has been found in the lymph nodes.

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Breast Conserving Surgery for Breast Cancer

Also known as partial mastectomy, lumpectomy or wide excision, with this surgical treatment approach, the cancer is removed with a small rim of surrounding normal breast tissue (clean margins).

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Mastectomy

A total mastectomy (also known as a simple mastectomy) is an operation to remove the entire breast. This usually includes removing the nipple and areola as well.

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Nipple Sparing Mastectomy

Some patients who are having immediate breast reconstruction are candidates for nipple sparing mastectomy, where the breast tissue is removed while preserving all of the breast skin and the nipple.

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Skin Sparing Mastectomy

The surgery is done when a patient is having immediate breast reconstruction. The procedure removes the entire breast, including the nipple, but most of the breast skin is preserved

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Breast Reconstruction Options

Breast Reconstruction

This is surgery done by a plastic surgeon, to re-create the shape and appearance of the breast after mastectomy. In most cases, this can be done at the same time as the mastectomy (called immediate breast reconstruction).

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Breast Reduction Surgery

Surgical procedure used to remove excess fat, tissue and skin from the breasts.

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Oncoplastic Breast Reconstruction

This procedure is done by a plastic surgeon to help reshape the breast tissue, if breast conserving surgery for cancer will cause too significant an indentation in the breast.

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Imaging

Imaging plays a key role in diagnosing, treating, and monitoring breast disease. We offer advanced imaging services, under the guidance and expertise of highly skilled medical professionals. 

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Surgery

Breast Surgery is offered at two locations: Saratoga Hospital and the Saratoga Surgery Center on the Wilton Campus.  The surgeons deliver care at these locations with the support of specially trained anesthesiologists, nurses, physician assistants, and surgical technicians.  State-of-the-art diagnostic and surgical technology and tools help ensure that patients receive high-quality care in a safe environment—and the best possible outcomes.

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Recognition

Hidden Scar Certificate

Hidden Scar – Breast surgeon Dr. Patricia Rae Kennedy, clinical director of Saratoga Hospital Center for Breast Care, was recognized in 2016 as a Hidden Scar trained surgeon for Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery

 

 

Women’s Imaging Center at Wilton Medical Arts is designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology

 
 
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