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Doctor insights on: Surgical Removal Of Suspicious Breast Calcifications In Obese Patient

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What percentage of breast calcifications are benign?

What percentage of breast calcifications are benign?

Depends on age: 49 year old female asks, What percentage of breast calcifications are benign? Depends on shape and character. On Mammogram Bigger calcium deposits, Macrocalcifications, that tend to be rounded dots & scattered about tend to be benign and occurs in about 50% of women >50years & in about 10% of those ...Read more

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Obesity (Definition)

Having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for ...Read more


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Is it cause for alarm that my doctor tells me I have breast calcifications that need further investigation. I am 37 and in good health?

Is it cause for alarm that my doctor tells me I have breast calcifications that need further investigation. I am 37 and in good health?

Yes if recommended: Breast microcalcifications on mammogram may or may not be clinically important. If the radiologist read the mammogram as a category 4 and "suspicious" you should proceed with further investigation. ...Read more

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Have fibroanedemas and small cluster of breast calcifications, can fibroanedemas cause micro or macro calcifications or other cause likely, am 70+?

Have fibroanedemas and small cluster of breast calcifications, can fibroanedemas cause micro or macro calcifications or other cause likely, am 70+?

Second guessing: The radiology report of the mammogram should give specific information about findings and follow up. If you feel unsure of the interpretation consider a second opinion. ...Read more

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Radiology? Chest CT = 2mm nod. Have benign breast calcifications & seb keratosis on chest. Repeat scan tomorrow. Should I mention to rad? CRC prev.

Radiology? Chest CT = 2mm nod. Have benign breast calcifications & seb keratosis on chest. Repeat scan tomorrow. Should I mention to rad? CRC prev.

No need: CT of the chest, because of the way the images are obtained, does not confuse skin lesions with possible lung nodules as can happen with plain chest xray. If the Chest CT is being repeated due to worry about whether a 2mm nodule in the lungs might be a skin lesion then there is no need to repeat it. ...Read more

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Two masses were found in the right breast, one is 5*4mm, the other is 5*3mm. Would you surgical removal, biopsy or conservative waiting?

Two masses were found in the right breast, one is 5*4mm, the other is 5*3mm. Would you surgical removal, biopsy or conservative waiting?

These are: Relatively small however if it were me I would request excisional biopsies (remove and examine) This, of cours, depends upon ability to LOCALIZE exact position and ability to excise with minimal destruction of normal tissue NEEDLE BIOPSY could provide that method CONSULT WITH a BOARD CERTIFIED BREAST SURGEON!
Good luck and I hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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How long should a patient wait before starting chemotherapy and after the breast cancer surgery?

How long should a patient wait before starting chemotherapy and after the breast cancer surgery?

12 weeks: Studies have shown that benefit from chemotherapy doesn't begin to drop off as long as it is started within 12 weeks of surgery. I take the type of cancer into consideration, though. For more aggressive breast cancers, I like to start chemo within 4-6 weeks. For the slower growing er+ cancers, within 12 weeks is fine and supported by data. ...Read more

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I have a huge breast because I'm obese. Every year I gain kilos even if I'm on diet. I would reduce my breast with surgery, but my weight isn't stable!

I have a huge breast because I'm obese. Every year I gain kilos even if I'm on diet. I would reduce my breast with surgery, but my weight isn't stable!

Lifestyle: Remember to keep your weight stable your breast size stable to decreasing, you need to try to be as consistent as possible about how your eat (while there are many diets out there, be careful about extremes, and try to eat a colorful diet of nonprocessed foods with a focus on vegetables/fruits) and your activity level. Consistency is hard but will be your best bet. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it fine to add fish in the daily meals after Vp shunt surgery or should it be a strict vegan diet? Patient is also on chemo for breast cancer

Is it fine to add fish in the daily meals after Vp shunt surgery or should it be a strict vegan diet? Patient is also on chemo for breast cancer

Whoa: Whoever has told you that a person who has had a ventriculoperitoneal shunt needs to eat a vegan diet was simply lying to you. The decision to become a vegan is a moral choice, not a medical one, and a vegan who does not know EXACTLY what they are doing will ruin his/her health. If a health care provider has urged a chemotherapy patient to "go vegan" as Rx, report it to the licensing board. ...Read more

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Do surgical margins matter for benign breast conditions (after excisional biopsy surgery)? Would re-excision be necessary if no malignancy is found?

Do surgical margins matter for benign breast conditions (after excisional biopsy surgery)? Would re-excision be necessary if no malignancy is found?

Possibly yes: Carcinoma insitu, is a pre cancerous lesion, it has the potential of becoming cancer and is treated aggressively. Getting a clear margin around it is a good idea and recommended as it is with malignant lesions. Carcinoma insitu is not benign but it has not grown into a full cancer. Just making sure this is not what you were referring to. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from your breast duct excision surgery?

How long does it take to recover from your breast duct excision surgery?

Surgery recovery: If the amount of tissue removed is small, you should be fully recovered in a week or two. Larger surgery means longer recovery. Ask your surgeon about your limitations post op. ...Read more

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I have few scattered calcific foci in bilateral breast. No other focal lesion seen in mammogram of both breasts. Should I get worried?

I have few scattered calcific foci in bilateral breast. No other focal lesion seen in mammogram of both breasts. Should I get worried?

Concerned: And follow-up.
To be calcified, these have existed for a while. Self and professional exams are important, along with excellent mammograms.
Your gyn and / or breast specialist will follow with you. ...Read more

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Ct scan shows small calcific densities measuring 3.5mm in the right lobe of thyroid gland. Any suggestions on what this could be please? I had breast cancer in 08 but no mestateses and n full remission w br ca. Tysvm! I love you guys.

Ct scan shows small calcific densities measuring 3.5mm in the right lobe of thyroid gland. Any suggestions on what this could be please? I had breast cancer in 08 but no mestateses and n full remission w br ca. Tysvm! I love you guys.

Many things: Thyroid calcifications are relatively common. Some of them are an indication of thyroid cancer. The first thing to do is to get a neck ultrasound, which is better than ct in visualizing the thyroid, and thyroid function tests. ...Read more

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In which position I sleep after this left breast lump removal surgery.

In which position I sleep after this left breast lump removal surgery.

Breast biopsy: Place a pillow under your left side, which will assist in going to sleep, but you may wake several times since movement in sleep will cause pressure on the biopsy site. The pain is not harmful, but you may have several nights will little sleep. Ask your surgeon for some pain medications, which will help in the short run. ...Read more

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I had surgical breast biopsy then atypical hyperplasia removal. Was this necessary? What would have happened if I hadn't intervened?

I had surgical breast biopsy then atypical hyperplasia removal. Was this necessary? What would have happened if I hadn't intervened?

Hard to know: You apparently had a breast mass or an imaging abnormality. It was not feasible to know the nature of the lesion without removing and examination by a pathologist. If is good that it was not cancer. ...Read more

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Breast implant removal --is it major surgery?

Breast implant removal --is it major surgery?

Ruptured or not.: Removal of an uncomplicated saline or silicone implant can be simple and performed under a straight local anesthetic if a capsulectomy is not required. Severe capsular contractures, pocket transitions, delayed silicone ruptures, textured implants, etc can present with various clinical pictures that may be significantly more complicated and may require more extensive surgical procedures. ...Read more

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How dangerous is breast implant removal surgery?

How dangerous is breast implant removal surgery?

Very safe: Removal of breast implants can be done very safely if performed by an qualified plastic surgeon with experience in breast enhancement. The procedure generally involves removal of the implant with/without adjustment of the surrounding scar capsule. A drain is placed and ultimately removed 1-3 days later. Over time, the tissue then shrinks down and usually assumes a very natural appearance. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about breast implant removal surgery?

Can you tell me about breast implant removal surgery?

BreastImplantRemoval: Women may decide for various reasons that they are ready for removal of breast implants. Breast implant removal is a straightforward procedure, but the decision must be made whether a breast lift is also desired, as breast implants stretch the breast skin over time, and after implant removal, the remaining breast tissue can appear loose and saggy. Discuss options with your plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Upset about this. How dangerous is breast implant removal surgery?

Upset about this. How dangerous is breast implant removal surgery?

Simple: Breast implant removal is simple, and can often be performed under local anesthesia. It is technically easer than the initial placement. It becomes more complicated with ruptured silicone breast implants, or thick capsules. The procedure should be performed by an experienced plastic surgeon in the appropriate setting. The impact of removal, physical and psychological, should be discussed. ...Read more

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I had a minor surgery on my right breast 3 weeks ago for cyst removal. Can I play badminton?

I had a minor surgery on my right breast 3 weeks ago for cyst removal. Can I play badminton?

Breast surgery: By now everything should have healed - and there should be no swelling. Then certainly you can play badminton. ...Read more

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How long does breast implant removal take? How long should I plan to be in surgery for breast implant removal? .

How long does breast implant removal take? How long should I plan to be in surgery for breast implant removal? .

Varies.: Uncomplicated removal of breast implants may take 15 to 20 min. However, if removal of the surrounding breast implant capsule is also performed, surgery may take 1 to 1.5 hours. If the surrounding breast implant capsule has thickened/calcified and/or is symptomatic, patients may benefit from this additional procedure (capsulectomy). ...Read more

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What options do I have for construction after breast cancer removal surgery? I am a woman in my mid 30s diagnosed with left breast cancer and treated with total removal of my left breast. What options do I have for symmetry again? How many operations do w

What options do I have for construction after breast cancer removal surgery? I am a woman in my mid 30s diagnosed with left breast cancer and treated with total removal of my left breast. What options do I have for symmetry again? How many operations do w

Mastectomy: What you are describing would involve a delayed breast reconstruction since it is after the mastectomy has been performed it it has been allowed to heal. From description I do not know whether or not you had radiation treatment after your mastectomy. If you had radiation treatment then I recommend your own tissue through the use of flap surgery or fat grafting. Expander if no radiation in past! ...Read more

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Which patients should be considered for obesity surgery?

Which patients should be considered for obesity surgery?

High BMI: Most insurance companies provide bariatric surgery coverage for patients with a bmi (body mass index) > 40, or a bmi of 35 with certain comorbidities. Your doctor should know your bmi, or online bmi calculator is widely available. ...Read more

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Fibroadenoma (benign breast lump)--do I need removal or surgery?

Fibroadenoma (benign breast lump)--do I need removal or surgery?

Benign: A fibroadenoma is a very common benign breast mass that is found either incidentally on mammogram or ultrasound or is felt as a breast lump by the patient. Depending on the appearance and size of a fibroadenoma on imaging, it can be followed up, biopsied, or surgically removed. The majority however are left alone. ...Read more

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Is the cost of breast lump removal covered if I had priorplastic surgery there?

Is the cost of breast lump removal covered if I had priorplastic surgery there?

Breast lump removal: It is important to determine the cause of the breast lump in advance of surgery. Surgical excision of a breast lump unrelated to the previous breast plastic surgery should, in general, be covered by one's health insurance policy. Is the lump is due to the previous plastic surgery (e.g., ruptured breast implant, silicone), be sure to check with your health insurance carrier before surgery. ...Read more

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Can breast feeding lady have gallbladder removal surgery? If so can she feed the baby after surgery. What are the complications of medicines & baby?

Can breast feeding lady have gallbladder removal surgery? If so can she feed the baby after surgery. What are the complications of medicines & baby?

Yes, see details: We certainly do perform cholecystectomies on pregnant women. Now, the patient must "pump and dump" her breast milk for 24 hrs, due to the anesthetic. But, analgesics can be given, but we usually engage the obstetrician for input into pain medications. In the meantime, I recommend a low fat diet to minimize gb attacks. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can laser scar removal remove scars from a surgery such as breast reduction surgery?

Can laser scar removal remove scars from a surgery such as breast reduction surgery?

It helps: Depending in the skin type and color, laser can be very helpful in reducing the color and thickness of the scar. ...Read more

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I'm getting fibroadenoma removal surgery on my breast, then 10 days after going to Cali. How long do stitches stay in for such a minor surgery?

I'm getting fibroadenoma removal surgery on my breast, then 10 days after going to Cali. How long do stitches stay in for such a minor surgery?

Depends on surgeon: It depends on the surgeon and the sutures used. I use absorbable sutures that don't need to be removed. It is ok to call your surgeon to ask about that. ...Read more