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Breast Surgery

  • What is Breast Surgery?

    Breast surgery is surgery to remove a breast tumour. Your doctor will look at the size of the tumour and the stage of the cancer to determine which surgery to perform. They will also evaluate your condition and suggest the most suitable treatment for you.

    Breast surgery can include breast conserving surgery, which involves the removal of the cancer and some of the surrounding tissue (lumpectomy) or the removal of 1/4 of the breast that contains the lump (quadrantectomy). In some instances, the surgery might involve the removal of the whole breast (mastectomy). Some of the lymph nodes from the armpit may also be removed during surgery.

    Breast-Conserving Surgery and Mastectomy

    Women with early-stage cancers can usually choose between having either a breast conserving surgery (BCS) or a mastectomy. A BCS only removes the affected part of the breast via lumpectomy or quadrantectomy, while mastectomy is the total removal of the breast. It is very important that you know all the facts about these 2 procedures before you make your decision.  Some advantages for breast conserving surgery over mastectomy include:

    • A woman keeps most of her breast
    • Mastectomy does not give a better chance in long-term survival and most women will still need radiation therapy following the surgery


    Laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery, a less invasive surgical intervention, uses an instrument called a mammotome which is a vacuum-assisted needle device that allows your surgeon to remove the whole breast lump or to take a biopsy (small tissue sample) for further diagnostic examination. This is a safe procedure that can be performed under local anaesthesia with minimal discomfort, and without the need for you to stay at the hospital.

    Radioisotope Occult Lesion Localisation (ROLL)

    Radioisotope occult lesion localisation (ROLL) technique allows non-palpable (too small to be felt by hand) tumours to be accurately located, and it ensures that the entire tumour is removed easily and reliably. This technique places a radioisotope marker in the centre of the tumour, under image guidance, and then a manual gamma probe is used to remove the tumour and nearby cancerous tissues. Breast surgery using the ROLL technique is usually faster and leads to a better clinical outcome.

  • Breast surgery aims to remove the cancer away from normal tissue as much as possible, which will reduce the risk of the cancer coming back in the breast. In addition to this, the surgery can also prevent the cancer from spreading to other parts of the body. Surgery may be the first treatment for breast cancer for some patients, which is also a less extensive approach. Talk to your doctor about the best option for you and your case before you make any decisions.

  • At Mount Elizabeth Hospitals, we are committed to giving you comprehensive care. Our multidisciplinary team of surgeons, nurses and therapists are here to guide you through the entire treatment and recovery process.

    Patients can benefit from Mount Elizabeth Hospitals’ advanced equipment and facilities. Minimally invasive techniques reduce trauma and scarring while improving success rates and recovery speed, while computer-aided robotic surgery allows for added precision during surgical procedures.

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  • With the Price Assurance Programme, expect to pay no more than the listed price for each medical procedure.

    *Terms & Conditions:

    • Bundles under this programme apply to standard procedures, without complications.
    • Bundles are applicable only at Mount Elizabeth Hospital (Orchard) and for patients who self-pay in full to the hospital. Payment can be made in cash or by credit card. The hospital will assist with the submission of claims for Medisave, Medishield and Integrated Shield Plans.
    • The programme is applicable to doctors in the panel.
    • Prices include hospital stay (type of stay as stated for each bundle), operation costs, doctors' fees (surgeon and anaesthetist, where anaesthetist is applicable) and GST. Pre-admission investigations, post-hospital follow-up treatment and outpatient charges are excluded.
    • Prices may be revised without advance notice.
    • Other terms & conditions may apply.

    For more information on the Price Assurance Programme, please call 6653 6286.

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