Breast Cancer Surgery

Knowing that you need to undergo breast cancer surgery is an emotional time in your life. While it’s important to treat the disease and be free of cancer, it’s also important to learn about your surgery and the changes that will follow.

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    Why Torrance Breast Institute?

    Torrance Breast Institute is here to provide excellent surgical treatment of breast cancer and other breast conditions while providing patients with genuine and compassionate care. We take pride in the expertise and quality care that our surgeon, Dr. Ramin Roohipour, nurses, and staff provide.

    Meet Your Surgeons

    At Torrance Breast Institute, we believe that every breast cancer patient’s need is unique. Our team of breast cancer surgeons is committed to providing personalized care to our patients in a healing and compassionate environment.

    Ramin M. Roohipour, MD, FACS, FASMBS

    Dr. Ramin Roohipour is a board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeon. He graduated from medical school in 1996 and after passing all qualification exams…

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    Dr. Raj A. Mittal, MD

    Dr. Raj A. Mittal, MD, is a board-certified general surgeon with extensive expertise in complex cancer surgeries, with emphasis on benign and malignant dis…

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    Dr. Jay W. Granzow, MD

    Dr. Jay Granzow is an internationally renowned aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon and a leading authority on lymphedema surgery. He serves as Pr…

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    Breast Cancer Surgery Options


    A mastectomy is a surgery to remove all of the breast tissue. Your surgeon may also remove your nipple depending on your diagnosis and the size and locati…

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    The presence of a lump on your breast does not always require a mastectomy (the removal of the entire breast) to prevent the spread of cancer throughout th…

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the difference between a lumpectomy and mastectomy?

    A lumpectomy is a breast surgery that removes the tumor and surrounding tissues in the breast while a mastectomy is the removal of the entire breast. 

    Who is a candidate for a lumpectomy?

    Patients with a single small or medium size tumor can be a candidate for lumpectomy. Patients who may not be the right candidate for lumpectomy include patients with multiple tumors, patients who can’t undergo radiation therapy, and patients whose cancer has spread throughout the breast and underlying skin.

    How do I prepare for a lumpectomy?

    To prepare for your lumpectomy, you should stop taking aspirin or any blood-thinning medications to reduce the risk of bleeding. Do not eat or drink anything 8-12 hours before the surgery. Bring someone with you to drive you home after your surgery.

    How long does it take to recover from a lumpectomy?

    You will feel exhausted and experience some pain 1-2 days after your surgery. The skin around the incision may feel firm, swollen, and tender, and be bruised. Tenderness should go away in about 2-3 days and the bruising should subside within 2 weeks. Swelling and firmness may last for 3-6 months. Your doctor will prescribe pain medication to minimize pain and discomfort during your recovery.

    Who is a candidate for a mastectomy?

    Patients who have a high risk of developing breast cancer and those whose breast cancer is widespread are good candidates for a mastectomy. 

    What are the side effects of a mastectomy?

    The side effects of mastectomy may vary depending on the type of surgery you had. Some side effects may include: pain or tenderness, restricted arm and shoulder movement, numbness in the chest and upper arm, swelling, hematoma (buildup of blood in the wound), and seroma (buildup of clear fluid in the wound)

    How do I prepare for a mastectomy?

    Tell your doctor about any medications, vitamins, or supplements you’re currently taking. Stop taking aspirin or any blood-thinning medications to reduce the risk of bleeding. Do not eat or drink anything 8-12 hours before the surgery. Pack a bag for your hospital stay. Ask someone to drive you to and from the hospital.

    How long does it take to recover after a mastectomy?

    The length of your recovery depends on what procedures were done. Typically, it takes about 4 weeks for a patient to be functional and return to their regular activities. Recovery time takes longer if breast reconstruction is done after a mastectomy.

    Our Difference

    Award-winning Physician

    Dr. Roohipour is board-certified & fellowship-trained specialist with years of experience in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

    Fast Recovery

    We ensure the best outcome is met the quickest recovery without compromising safety.

    Flexible Financial Options

    We accept most PPO insurances. We also collaborate with several health financial services if you are not insured. Learn More.

    Torrance Breast Institute

    (310) 326-3075

    21250 Hawthorne Blvd. Suite 430
    Torrance, CA 90503 (map)

    Office Hours: Mon–Fri 8am–5pm
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