Breast Surgery
Conveniently located to serve Detroit, MI

Dr. Nicholas Sousa performs breast surgery in Detroit to treat benign and malignant breast conditions. These procedures involve the extraction of tumors, along with areas of nearby normal tissue, to prevent spread to the other parts of the body.

Malignant conditions of the breast are commonly associated with the rampant growth of breast cells due to genetic anomaly or aging.

Development of breast cancer usually starts in lobules or ducts. Cancer cells may sometimes grow in the fatty and fibrous breast tissues.

These cancer cells have a high potential to proliferate and advance to surrounding healthy breast tissues. They can also spread to the lymph nodes of the underarm and other body parts if left untreated. This event is referred to as metastasis.

Breast surgery is considered the primary treatment for breast cancer. Early detection and treatment of malignant conditions prevents tumor cells from invading surrounding healthy breast tissues and other normal parts of the body.

What Are the Tests Conducted Prior to Breast Surgery?

A breast examination is the initial test conducted before scheduling breast surgery. Dr. Sousa will examine both of your breasts and the lymph nodes in your armpits, feeling for any lumps or other abnormalities.

A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test can also help in diagnosing breast cancer. The MRI scan provides detailed pictures of areas inside the breast.

The most definitive test conducted to confirm breast cancer is a biopsy. During a biopsy, Dr. Sousa utilizes a specialized needle device, accompanied by an X-ray or another imaging test, to take a sample of tissue from the suspicious area for lab testing.

Prior to breast surgery, Dr. Sousa may order ultrasonography. This diagnostic text uses sound waves to determine the character of a breast lump. It can also be performed along with a mammogram.

A digital mammography can be ordered to detect breast cancer. It is a type of X-ray test that uses a computer to record images of the breast.

The Procedure

Breast surgery aims to maintain the normal appearance of the breast while removing cancerous tissue and a segment of surrounding healthy tissue. This procedure is called lumpectomy and is also referred to as a partial mastectomy. It includes dissection of some portion of the lymph nodes and tissues under the arm.

In some cases, breast surgery entails removal of the entire breast. This procedure is called mastectomy. Lumpectomy and mastectomy are often followed up with radiation therapy to further remove tissues from the breast that may trigger metastasis.

Post-Operative Care

If your breast surgery does not involve dissection of the lymph nodes, you may be discharged the same day as your procedure. You will need to stay in the hospital for a few days if the surgery involves dissection of the lymph nodes. Medications will be prescribed to relieve any pain.

You will be instructed to keep incision sites clean and dry for a week after the procedure. A surgical bra is usually recommended to secure the bandages in place. A tingling sensation, numbness, swelling, and discomfort are expected to occur, but they typically subside after a few days.

Arm exercises are allowed the day after breast surgery. You can return to your normal routine after a few days following lumpectomy, whereas it will take a few weeks before it’s possible to perform your normal activities after a mastectomy.

How Much Does Breast Surgery Cost?

The cost of breast surgery varies widely depending on when the malignancy is confirmed and how far it has progressed. The price is determined by surgeon’s fee, type of surgery, anesthesia fees, post-surgical garments, and medical tests. Health insurance companies typically cover the cost of this type of breast surgery.

Contact Us to Learn More

Book your initial consultation to learn more about breast surgery in Detroit. Dr. Nicholas Sousa will know what to do to help you achieve the best surgical outcome while minimizing complications.

Your procedure will be performed in Dr. Sousas’s surgery center located in Madison Heights, MI, just outside of Detroit.