Nipple Sparing Mastectomy means that the surgeon is saving the nipple, areola, and the skin of the woman’s breast. This procedure has been performed since 1989 in Europe. In the US, this procedure has been offered for more than 20 years in major centers. The data showing safety of this procedure has been published by several major academic centers, latest information has been published by Sloan Kettering in 2008 and in 2009.
The breast tissue is removed; the nipple, the areola, and the skin are preserved such that the contour of the breast and the shape of the breast are preserved. Reconstruction is done in an immediate manner with an implant or a tissue expander.
Women who have early stage breast cancer can be candidates for the procedure if their tumor is a certain type, size, and a certain distance from the nipple. Women who have family history of breast cancer, or have known cancer gene in the family such as BRCA 1 and or BRCA 2 could benefit from this procedure as well.
The first Nipple Sparing Mastectomy procedure in our region was performed by Dr. Niru Anne here at Lourdes. Lourdes Hospital is part of the Nipple Sparing Mastectomy Registry Program, a national registry, through the American Society of Breast Surgeons. Lourdes has been the first Institute in Upstate New York to be part of this national registry and Dr. Niru Anne is the first Surgeon to take part in the national registry in Upstate New York.
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