Patients living in the South Bay and the greater Los Angeles area who are diagnosed with breast cancer have effective medical solutions and treatment options at the South Bay Breast Center. The specialized surgeons use oncoplastic surgical techniques for the best cancer outcomes. They offer skin or nipple sparing mastectomy and immediate reconstruction in coordination with plastic surgeons.
Breast Surgery Q & A
Oncoplastic surgery is the combination of the newest plastic surgery techniques and breast surgical oncology techniques. For patients who need a significant lumpectomy — one that results in breast distortion and overall unevenness — this combination procedure improves the appearance of the breasts and allows them to even again. The tissue that remains after the lumpectomy can be surgically sculpted with a realignment of the nipple to give it a natural look, and the other breast can be modified for an even appearance. In cases where the nipple blood supply is lost during the procedure, a nipple graft allows it to be put back in place once the surgical shaping is done.
In a skin sparing mastectomy, the breast tissue is removed but the skin isn’t. This allows for the breasts to be reconstructed with implants or with tissue from elsewhere in the patient’s body. In a nipple sparing mastectomy, both the nipples and the skin are preserved to allow for implant or tissue replacement.
In a lymph node dissection, the lymph nodes in the breast are surgically removed as part of cancer treatment. At the Association of South Bay Surgeons, the surgeons remove only the necessary lymph nodes using techniques like selective axillary node dissection.
The surgical approach to treatment for BRCA mutation carriers or high-risk patients depends on the patient and their risk level. Options include radical lumpectomy and mastectomy. The patient and doctor work together to determine which treatment is best for the individual.
The Association of South Bay Surgeons is proud to have the leading multidisciplinary breast cancer team in the entire area. Specialists from medical, radiation, and surgical oncology work together to provide the most advanced individualized treatment plans. The Association of South Bay Surgeons treats almost 500 women each year. Full services include comprehensive screening, diagnostic, medical and surgical breast services, nutrition and genetics counseling, and a full array of psychosocial support for patients and families are all provided.
Words from our patients
“Dr Friedlander is such a great surgeon. She has the perfect combo of being a skilled surgeon and also being a very decent human being. She was totally present to me…”
“He explained in specific detail what a liver resection procedure was. I like that he didn’t sugar coat things but his caring attitude made me feel at ease…”
“I went to Dr. Ali-jones for a double mastectomy. She was very knowledgeable, professional, and her bedside manner exuded compassion and understanding…”
“Given a mountain of evidence, I know absolutely that Dr. Klein is absolutely one of the best surgeons and you will be very lucky to have him on your team…”
“Good doctor, and very nice. She is a busy and in-demand surgeon, so even though I’ve been kept waiting a couple of times, it’s been for good reason.”
“I have to say he has been great. Since the beginning of my journey he has been there to answer questions and any concerns I had.”
“I can not thank Dr. Solomon enough for giving me my life back. Topping the scale at 279, I’m 3 months post op and 219 lbs, I would not have been able to do this alone.”
“Dr. Bhayani perform colon cancer surgery on my wife. I am a pastor and deal with lots of medical people. Dr. Bhayani was outstanding, competent…”
“She is truly amazing, her spirit will take all your fears away and you will be relieved from the moment you meet her. She’s truly an outstanding Doctor…”
“The best bedside manner I have ever encountered in a physician. He made a very scary surgery a good experience…”
“An excellent doctor and surgeon with wonderful people skills. She is extremely personable and makes you feel very comfortable…”
“I don’t like surgery, but he made me feel comfortable, I really trust him. He was very patient and most Doctors don’t understand how important patience is.”
“Everyone in the office was very professional, and very nice to all the patients coming in.”
“A very down to earth doctor. I feel that I can trust what he tells me which is also told in such a way that I can understand…”
“The office was professionally laid out displaying a relaxing atmosphere. The free coffee and actual tables to sit at is a welcome sight…”
“During a very stressful time, the Dr. was thorough and calming. I felt very confident going into surgery that I had made the right decision on the doctor…”
“Good attitude, helpful, explained diagnosis simply and thoroughly. I really did appreciate the call on a Friday evening at home to discuss my options…”
“Office staff very kind and friendly, helpful when I had insurance issues and they worked the problems out. I did not have to…”
“A wonderful doctor who is quite knowledgeable in her field of expertise. She has a great bed side manner and has a pleasant, down to earth personality.”
“One of the best and most caring doctors, I’ve ever met. When I come to see the Dr., I know I’m in good hands, and I have complete trust in him…”
“I felt very confident about my decision to plan my surgery with this Physician. I did extensive research on my type of surgery, issues and options…”