Performing Minimally Invasive Breast Surgery in Williamsport, PA
Minimally invasive breast surgery allows a doctor to remove most breast tumors through an incision that measures less than one-eighth of an inch-smaller than a fingertip.
Surgeons at UPMC Susquehanna specialize in minimally invasive breast surgery in Williamsport, PA. To learn more about your options, Find a Provider.
The benefits to patients who are eligible for this type of surgery are vast:
- No pre- or postoperative testing or preparation required
- The procedure takes only 30 minutes and is completed at the Center
- No stitches are used — the incision is merely one-eighth of an inch long
- Patients experience only minimal postoperative discomfort
- Patients experience no disfiguration or scars as they would from open surgery
Minimally Invasive Breast Surgery includes:
- Ultrasound breast biopsy
- Stereotactic breast biopsy
Mammotomy is the use of a probe that is inserted into the breast. A computerized guide directs the probe which can remove abnormal tissue that is located by an ultrasound or X-ray.
Ultrasound Breast Biopsy
Ultrasound breast biopsy (mammotomy) uses digital, 3-D imaging projected on a screen much like a television screen. Watching the image on the screen, the doctor directs hand-held probe to the abnormal breast tissue to obtain tissue samples.
The procedure is done in the Breast Health Center at UPMC Susquehanna, and takes 30 to 45 minutes. The patient receives only local anesthesia and requires a small bandage for the incision.
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
Stereotactic breast biopsy (mammotomy) involves using X-rays to locate abnormal tissue in the breast. During this procedure, the patient lies face down on a padded table. Once the abnormal tissue is located on the X-ray, the doctor inserts the probe and removes tissue samples.
Stereotactic breast biopsy is also done in the Center, and takes 30 to 45 minutes. The patient receives only local anesthesia and requires a small bandage for the incision.
UPMC Susquehanna offers the latest procedures for minimally invasive breast surgery in Williamsport, PA, and the surrounding areas.