Philip L. Leggett, MD
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Breast Surgery

Dr. Leggett performs all the surgical procedures for treatment of breast cancer.

Breast Aspiration -- The use of a needle attached to a syringe to remove portions of a lesion discovered through mammography. Smears are made of the specimens and sent to a laboratory for analysis.

Stereotaxic Biopsy -- A very accurate way to acquire specimens of abnormalities found in the breast. Two mammograms are taken at 15 degrees from center to produce a stereoscopic view of a lesion when fed through a computer. The tissue is removed by needle, very accurately guided by the computer. The procedure is performed under local anesthetic, and patients usually can resume their routines the following day.

Breast Biopsy -- The removal of specimen tissue from a breast lesion by open surgery.

Lumpectomy with Axillary Node Dissection -- The removal of a cancerous breast tumor, surrounding tissue and the axillary lymph nodes (located in the armpit) without removing the entire breast. This procedure is usually followed by radiation therapy.

Modified Radical Mastectomy -- The removal of the entire breast and axillary lymph nodes without extracting chest muscle.