Middlesex Health is proud to have two leading breast surgeons on our team. Our surgeons are experienced in state-of-the-art techniques that achieve the best possible cosmetic result and quality of life, without compromising effective treatment.
Although many general surgeons perform breast surgery, our dedicated breast surgeons have the experience and knowledge to handle difficult or unusual cases and are generally more likely to understand the complexities of breast diagnosis and treatment.
Common Breast Surgeries
A mastectomy is surgery to remove all breast tissue from a breast as a way to treat or prevent breast cancer. Newer mastectomy techniques can preserve breast skin and allow for a more natural breast appearance following the procedure.
A lumpectomy is surgery to remove cancer or other abnormal tissue from your breast.
During a lumpectomy procedure, the surgeon removes the cancer or other abnormal tissue and a small amount of the healthy tissue that surrounds it. This ensures that all of the abnormal tissue is removed.
A lumpectomy is a treatment option for early-stage breast cancer. Sometimes, a lumpectomy is used to rule out a cancer diagnosis. When a lumpectomy surgery is performed to remove cancer, it usually is followed by radiation therapy to the breast to reduce the chances of cancer returning.
A breast biopsy is a procedure to remove a sample of breast tissue for testing.
A breast biopsy might be recommended if you have a suspicious area in your breast, such as a breast lump or other signs and symptoms of breast cancer. It can also be used to investigate unusual findings on a mammogram, ultrasound or other breast exam.
The results of a breast biopsy can show whether the area in question is Cancerous.
Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure that restores shape to your breast after a mastectomy.
Breast reconstruction with flap surgery is the most complex breast reconstructive option. Your surgeon transfers a section of skin, muscle, fat and blood vessels from one part of your body to your chest to create a new breast mound. In some cases, the skin and tissue need to be augmented with a breast implant to achieve the desired breast size.
At Middlesex Health, our surgeons are trained in a variety of different Flap surgeries, including the new DIEP flap technique. Your doctor will discuss which flap surgery will work best for you.
Meet Our Breast Surgeons
Andrea M. Malon, MD
Dr. Malon specializes in breast surgery and care for women with breast conditions, including breast cancer. She is renowned in Connecticut for her surgical expertise.
Kertrisa McWhite, MD
Dr. McWhite is an award-winning fellowship-trained breast surgeon at Middlesex Health. Previously, Dr. Mcwhite was the Breast Center Director at Atlantic General Hospital in Maryland.
The Middlesex Health Comprehensive Breast Center offers SCOUT® radar localization technology to treat women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer or noncancerous breast abnormalities..
SCOUT® allows you to forgo a wire localization, which can sometimes cause discomfort and anxiety in patients. Instead of wires, SCOUT® uses a reflector about the size of a grain of rice. It can be placed in the area of concern up to 30 days before surgery. The reflector isn't externally visible, and placement does not restrict your movements.
During your surgery, nonradioactive radar waves are used to detect the reflector within your breast and guide your surgeon to the precise site of your abnormality,increasing the likelihood of complete removal.
When cancerous tumors are accurately located during the first surgery, potential additional treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy, can occur sooner.
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