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Know Your Choices for Breast Surgery

Meet Our Breast Cancer Surgeons

Our breast cancer surgeons and plastic surgeons in the Twin Cities work closely together with our oncologists to determine the right time for surgery and the best surgical options for you

Should you meet with a breast surgeon or a medical oncologist first? Find Out

Types of Breast Cancer Removal Surgery

Breast Conserving Surgeries


Lumpectomy is the removal of the breast cancer (the "lump") and some of the normal tissue that surrounds it (a margin).

Oncoplastic Lumpectomy

Oncoplastic lumpectomy combines plastic surgery techniques with lumpectomy surgery to give you a better cosmetic outcome after the cancer is removed.

Breast Removal Surgeries

Simple Mastectomy

A simple mastectomy removes all of the visible breast tissue and as much skin as needed to make the chest as flat as possible. This is what is done for women who want to have a flat chest after surgery (no reconstruction).

Nipple Sparing Mastectomy

Nipple-sparing mastectomy keeps the nipple and areola intact along with the breast skin.

Skin Sparing Mastectomy

Skin-sparing mastectomy is a technique that preserves as much of the breast skin as possible for reconstruction purposes.

Do you need to remove both breasts? 

The answer to this question is based on where the cancer has been found. For women who have a BRCA gene mutation, you can also discuss preventative mastectomy with your breast surgeon. Learn more about genetic testing for the BRCA gene mutation.

Breast Biopsy

A breast biopsy is a diagnostic procedure to remove a small sample of breast tissue for laboratory testing. 

Lymph Node Biopsies for Breast Cancer

When breast cancer leaves the breast it most often goes to the nearby lymph nodes next. Once cancer cells have entered the lymphatic system, different types of treatments will be needed to be sure all the cancer cells are killed. To find out if the cancer has started to grow in the lymph nodes, a biopsy is performed. Learn more about lymph node status.


Guide for Newly Diagnosed
Breast Cancer Patients

Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

In a sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB), the surgeon finds and removes the first lymph node(s) to drain fluid from the breast. 

Axillary Lymph Node Dissection

Axillary Lymph Node Dissection

Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (ALND) is a procedure in which anywhere from about 10 to 40 (though usually less than 20) lymph nodes are removed from the area under the armpit (axilla) and checked for cancer spread.

Lymph Node Biopsy Side Effects

There can be some side effects of lymph node biopsies, and the removal of lymph nodes, that you can prepare for. Learn more

Breast Reconstruction After Breast Cancer

You may want to review and consider your breast reconstruction options before breast cancer removal surgery to determine whether the removal surgery will include any procedures to prepare your body for reconstruction.

Learn more about:

  • Breast implants
  • Flap reconstruction
  • Combination of breast implants and flap reconstruction

Find a Breast Cancer Specialist Near You

With 12 locations throughout the Twin Cities, an experienced breast cancer specialist is easily accessible from every corner of our region. Our team will not only recommend the right breast cancer treatment for you, but we will also offer the support you and your loved ones need right now.

Get the answers you need. Schedule an appointment now.