Southern DHB Breast Care - Otago
The Breast Care Service (on the Dunedin Hospital site) has a “one day work-up” of patients who have been referred, which is efficient and patient-friendly. Results are provided in a more timely fashion and the amount of travel for appointments reduced.
One-day work-up includes clinical assessment by the surgical team with appropriate imaging and any required laboratory samples to enable accurate diagnosis as quickly as possible. Patients will then be booked for other procedures if necessary.
Note: Please note below that some people are not available at all locations.
Procedures / Treatments
A mammogram is a special type of x-ray used only for the breast.… More
In ultrasound, a beam of sound at a very high frequency (that cannot be heard) is sent into the body from a small vibrating crystal in a hand-held scanner head. When the beam meets a surface between tissues of different density, echoes of the sound beam are sent back into… More
Fine Needle Aspiration
This procedure involves inserting a needle through your skin into the breast lump and removing a sample of tissue for examination. More
Open Excisional: a small incision (cut) is made as close as possible to the lump and the lump, together with a surrounding margin of tissue, is removed for examination.… More
Breast Cancer Surgery
This may be:
Simple or Total: all breast tissue, skin and the nipple are surgically removed but the muscles lying under the breast and the lymph nodes are left in place.… More
When a breast has been removed (mastectomy) because of cancer or other disease, it is possible in most cases to reconstruct a breast similar to a natural breast.… More
Surgery to reduce breast size involves making a cut (incision) around the areola (the dark area around the nipple) straight downwards and along the crease beneath the breast.… More
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This page was last updated at 11:22AM on May 29, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern DHB Breast Care - Otago.