Abnormal mammograms and early detection of breast cancer can now be done with minimally invasive techniques. No longer is surgical breast biopsy necessary for definitive diagnosis in most cases. This can be done by a new minimally invasive technique called Stereotatic Breast Biopsy. This is done with a small incision as an outpatient under local anesthesia in the Breast Care Center. Dr. Hodge is 1 of 3 surgeons in the area trained and experienced in this procedure.
Breast Cancer surgery itself has undergone a minimally invasive approach. The vast majority of cancers can now be treated by lumpectomy or partial mastectomy. It is now the rare occasion that a complete mastectomy is necessary. It has become more of the patient's choice as to which procedure is performed.
Most importantly, it is the treatment of the lymph nodes which has underwent the most advantageous approach to minimally invasive surgery. No longer do women have to endure the potential side effects of a full lymph node dissection unless there is documented metastatic cancer. Most women with early stage breast cancer are candidates for a Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy. This is where only 1 or 2 lymph nodes are removed at the time of surgery to test for metastatic cancer. This spares about 75% of patients from having to risk the side effects of a complete lymph node dissection. Our surgeons are trained and experienced in this technique.