There are several different types of breast surgery that are each performed for different reasons. Some of the options include:
Mammary Duct Excision
Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
To perform this procedure, a dye or radioactive tracer is injected into the breast tumor. The dye or tracer is then tracked as it moves into the lymph node through drainage. This allows the surgeon to then remove that specific node and test it for cancer cells. If results are negative, no further action is needed. A biopsy of the lymph nodes is performed if results are positive on the tested node.