Breast Biopsy – Needle

preop Oncology Center, Women's Center

What is a Needle Breast Biopsy? Your doctor intends to remove tissue from the breast – using a hollow needle to sample a portion of a lump or thickening in the breast – not because you’re necessarily ill, but because breast biopsy is a very accurate method for analyzing breast tissue. Biopsy is a general term which simply means “the … Read More

Cystoscopy – Female

preop Oncology Center, Women's Center

What is a Cystoscopy for Females? Cystoscopy is a simple procedure during which your doctor will insert a well-lubricated, instrument called a cystoscope through your urethra and into your bladder to try to determine the cause of a problem that you may be having. Any tissue that your doctor removes from your bladder will be sent immediately to a laboratory for … Read More

Dilation and Curettage (D & C) Surgery

preop Women's Center

What is Dilation and Curettage (D & C) Surgery? A dilation and curettage procedure involves dilating the cervix and scraping some of the endometrium (uterine lining) with a curette to remove any abnormal tissue.

Hysterectomy – Removal of the Uterus

preop Oncology Center, Women's Center

What is a Hysterectomy? A hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus – the organ that holds and protects the fetus during pregnancy. A hysterectomy often involves the removal of other parts of the reproductive system, including the ovaries – where eggs are produced – the fallopian tubes which carry the eggs to the uterus and the cervix – or … Read More

Mastectomy – Modified Radical

preop Oncology Center, Women's Center

What is a Modified Radical Mastectomy? Traditionally, a radical mastectomy called for the removal of the breast, surrounding tissue and even the chest muscle below. A modified radical mastectomy is a procedure in which the breast and surrounding tissue are removed, while leaving the chest muscle intact. In most cases, mastectomy is required in order to remove cancerous tissue from the … Read More

Mastectomy – Radical

preop Oncology Center, Women's Center

What is a Radical Mastectomy? A radical mastectomy is the removal of the breast and surrounding tissue. In most cases, mastectomy is required in order to remove cancerous tissue from the body. The extent of tissue removed is determined by the amount of cancer present in your body.

Myomectomy – Vaginal Fibroid Removal

preop Oncology Center, Women's Center

What is a Myomectomy? The uterus is part of a woman’s reproductive system – it’s the organ that contains and protects a growing fetus during pregnancy. Fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that grow from the inner or outer wall of the uterus. They are quite common – as many as 20% of women over 30 will develop fibroids sometime during their … Read More

Mastectomy – Total

preop Oncology Center, Women's Center

What is a Total Mastectomy? A total mastectomy is the removal of the breast but not the removal of lymph nodes or chest muscles that lie underneath the breast. In most cases, a mastectomy is required in order to remove cancerous tissue from the body. The extent of tissue removed is determined by the amount of cancer present in your … Read More