The General Surgeons of Divine Savior Healthcare would like to share with you some of the advances in breast health available to you. Dr. Matthew Lynch and Dr. Joshua Pogorelec both have a special interest in women’s health. Whether you’re coming to them to detect breast cancer, breast infections, a breast lump, breast pain or other disorder of the breast, you can rest assured that our surgeons have your best interest in mind.
As women age, they often notice changes in their breasts. While many of these changes are quite normal, it can cause an extreme amount of anxiety if a lump, bump or pain is discovered. Divine Savior Healthcare encourages all women who detect any sort of change to see their physician as soon as they can. Early detection is key to a successful course of treatment.
When a patient comes to their primary care physician with an abnormal breast concern, the physician will first perform an exam of the area. Following that, they will likely send the patient for imaging. This is most often done by undergoing a mammogram. At Divine Savior Healthcare, we have invested in the latest in digital mammography in order to give radiologists and our patients the best look at what is going on inside their bodies.
Based on the results of the mammogram, a physician may decide no further tests or treatments are needed. But when the mammogram shows an abnormality or a suspicious mass, the next step is to determine what it might be. Your primary care physician will discuss your options with you. Usually, this is done by performing a breast biopsy. Dr. Lynch and Dr. Pogorelec are both experienced in these procedures.
“When a patient comes to me, they are very often fearful of what they may discover following a biopsy or other procedure,” states Dr. Pogorelec. “I feel it is part of my job to communicate to them that I understand their anxiety and that I do all I can to minimize it and provide comfort.”
The surgeon has several options for biopsy procedures. They can use a thin needle to remove a sample of the fluid or tissue, or make an incision and remove a small part or the entire lump. There are special instruments and techniques the surgeon may use to assist with these biopsy procedures.
The surgeon can perform a stereotactic biopsy by using a computer and a mammogram to create a three dimensional picture of the breast in order to allow them to find the exact location of the lump or suspicious area.
A vacuum-assisted biopsy uses a needle that suctions the tissue into it to allow for it to be easily removed.
An ultrasound-guided biopsy is a technique that uses a computer and a transducer that sends out ultrasound waves to create images of the lump or suspicious area so that the needle can be guided to the correct location.
Following the biopsy procedure the sample is sent to a pathologist for testing. The results will come back to your primary care physician and they will share them with you and discuss treatment options where necessary.
Dr. Lynch and Dr. Pogorelec are here for all of the community’s general surgery needs. They perform their procedures right here at Divine Savior and work closely with your primary care physician when treating you. Whether routine colonoscopies, varicose vein removals or more involved abdominal surgery, the surgeons of Divine Savior Healthcare are honored to provide your care.
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