A cancer diagnosis of any kind is frightening, and breast cancer is no different. Dr. George N. Liberis was heavily involved with the American Cancer Society of Rockland County and understands the intricacies of breast surgery for his patients in New City, New York. Whether you need breast surgery for cancer or gynecomastia, call the office or book an appointment online to get an experienced general surgeon in your corner.
If you have breast cancer and need to undergo surgery, there are several ways Dr. Liberis can go about removing your cancer, including a lumpectomy or a mastectomy.
To preserve as much of your breast as possible, Dr. Liberis performs a lumpectomy, removing only the affected tissue as well as a healthy margin. This option is available to you if you’re in the early stages of cancer, but you should note that you’ll likely need to undergo radiation afterward.
With a mastectomy, Dr. Liberis removes your entire breast. The decision to remove your breast depends on a host of factors, including:
Some women opt for a mastectomy in the early stages of the disease to increase their chances of eradicating the cancer entirely. Others may be forced to undergo a mastectomy since the cancer already affects a large area of the breast tissue.
When it comes to a mastectomy, Dr. Liberis performs what’s called a nipple-sparing procedure wherever possible. The shape of your breast and the degree to which your nipple sags downward largely dictates whether this is a viable option.
When it comes to cancer, one of the biggest goals is to stop it from spreading to other parts of your body, which largely happens through your lymph nodes. To determine your cancer's stage, Dr. Liberis removes the first lymph node that’s most likely to contain cancerous cells, which is called the sentinel node.
After he removes your sentinel lymph node, Dr. Liberis sends it for a biopsy to check for the presence of cancer cells.
Gynecomastia is a condition found in males that causes their breast tissue to swell, giving the appearance of more female-sized breasts. Gynecomastia is often present in babies and children, but the condition usually resolves itself.
In older men, gynecomastia is triggered by a drop in testosterone, usually between the ages of 50 and 69. The condition isn’t usually dangerous, but the effect it has on your appearance may lead you to opt for surgery.
To eliminate your gynecomastia, Dr. Liberis removes your breast tissue in a mastectomy procedure. Dr. Liberis performs the surgery endoscopically, meaning he only uses small incisions to do the work.
To learn more about the options in breast surgery, call George N. Liberis MD, ScD, FACS, or fill out the form online to request a consultation.