Melinda Nicole Lamb, M.D.
General Surgeon located in Costa Mesa, CA
If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, breast surgery can prevent the disease from spreading and reduce the risk of potentially serious complications. At Dr. Melinda Nicole Lamb MD in Costa Mesa, California, Dr. Lamb regularly performs several types of breast surgery, including breast cancer surgery, surgery for non-cancerous breast masses, and preventive surgery. To make an appointment, call or click the online booking feature today.
Breast Surgery Q & A
What is breast surgery?
Breast surgery refers to a group of procedures that address issues affecting the breasts and surrounding tissues. Many people think that breast surgery is only for cosmetic purposes, but that’s far from the case. Dr. Lamb performs breast surgery for medical reasons, including breast cancer and non-cancerous breast masses.
What are the types of medical breast surgery?
Dr. Lamb offers several types of medical breast surgery, including:
Breast cancer surgery
During breast cancer surgery, Dr. Lamb uses special tools to remove some or all of your breast tissue and the nearby lymph nodes. This prevents cancer from metastasizing and spreading to other parts of your body.
Preventive surgery (mastectomy)
If you have a family history of breast cancer, you might benefit from preventive cancer surgery, like a mastectomy. Mastectomy involves Dr. Lamb removing one or both of your breasts to prevent breast cancer.
Removal of non-cancer breast lumps
Some people have lumps or bumps in their breast tissue that are non-cancerous. If these growths affect your quality of life, Dr. Lamb might recommend removing them.
What does breast surgery involve?
Dr. Lamb performs breast surgery at a hospital or a surgical facility. Before the procedure begins, you lie down on your back on an exam table and Dr. Lamb administers general anesthesia, putting you to sleep.
Once you’re comfortable, Dr. Lamb uses special surgical tools to make a series of small incisions in your breast tissue. Then, she carefully conducts the procedure.
If you’re undergoing cancer surgery, Dr. Lamb removes the cancerous growths.
The length of time that breast surgery takes depends on the procedure. Most operations take between three and five hours*, but it may take longer.
What is recovery like after breast surgery?
During that time, you have gauze dressings or an elastic bandage wrapped around your breasts. These materials support your breasts and encourage your body’s healing process. Take your medication as prescribed and follow Dr. Lamb’s instructions carefully.
To see if you can benefit from breast surgery, make an appointment at the practice of Dr. Melinda Nicole Lamb MD by calling the office or scheduling online today.
*Individual results may vary.