At Ferncreek General Surgery we understand the anxiety that
most women experience when a potential breast problem is identified. Our goal
is to minimize this stress by striving to expedite the diagnosis and plan any
necessary treatment in a relaxed and personal office environment, whilst
providing our patients with the maximum information so they can fully
understand their condition and its management.
Our Board Certified surgeons are thoroughly trained and
experienced in the diagnosis and surgical management of benign and malignant breast
conditions, and are members of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. They
are experienced in current techniques including breast ultrasound, needle
biopsy, breast conserving surgery, sentinel lymph node biopsy, and placement of
devices for breast irradiation. They work closely with the Cape Fear Valley
Breast Care Center, and, when necessary, other local specialists including
radiologists, medical and radiation oncologists, and plastic surgeons.
Evaluation of a breast abnormality begins with an office
visit, which can usually be arranged within 48 hours of a request to be seen.
We do not require a preliminary visit to your primary care physician, or any
testing before this initial evaluation. Diagnostic studies may be done in the
office or arranged as necessary, and if a needle biopsy is required this is
sometimes done at the first visit: our goal is to make a diagnosis as soon as
possible. If surgery is necessary this may be performed at Cape Fear Valley
Medical Center, or Highsmith Rainey Hospital.
When evaluation demonstrates breast cancer we make great
effort to go through in detail each individual’s diagnosis and options for
treatment. Complex cases can be discussed at an interdisciplinary conference at
Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. Samples for genetic testing, when indicated,
can be collected in the office. Educational materials are available, and we can
provide information regarding other useful resources. Long term follow up is an
important part of our care for all breast cancer patients.
A change or problem in the breast should never be ignored –
early diagnosis is vital if a serious condition is present. If you have a
question or feel you need to be seen please call, and we will be glad to offer
you the same high quality of care and expertise that we provide to all our