Baptist Health Breast Center breast surgeon Anna Voltura, M.D., takes viewers into the OR at South Miami Hospital to demonstrate a nipple-sparing mastectomy to remove breast tissue from a patient with a family history of breast cancer. During the webcast, Dr. Voltura describes how surgeons preserve the breast skin and areola with a nipple-sparing mastectomy. “Nipple-sparing mastectomy has now entered the mainstream for both the treatment and prevention of breast cancer," explains Dr. Voltura. "We see a dramatic difference psychologically in women, in terms self-esteem and sense of self, than those who have had the nipple removed."
In this webcast, Dr. Voltura describes how she previously performed this surgery. Her partners Robert DerHagopian, M.D., and Gladys Giron, M.D., joined her to answer viewers' questions and help explain the benefits and risks of this surgery and the prevention of breast cancer. Additionally, viewers will hear from the patient on whom this featured surgery was performed about her quick recovery that she describes as "remarkable."
Dr. Voltura, who holds a breast surgery fellowship from Johns Hopkins University, specializes in the newest techniques for the diagnosis, surgical treatment and medical management of breast cancer. She has authored breast cancer research articles published in several medical journals.
This webcast serves to inform the general public and breast cancer patients about the importance of early detection and the surgical options available for treating breast cancer. It is part of Baptist Health South Florida's effort to broadcast various surgeries and procedures on the Web.