Patient education: Surgical procedures for breast cancer — Mastectomy and breast-conserving therapy (Beyond the Basics)

  BREAST CANCER OVERVIEW Breast cancer is the most common female cancer in the United States. Finding and treating breast cancer in the early stages allows many women to be cured. This article will focus on the surgical treatment of breast cancer. An introduction to breast cancer and an overview of treatment for breast cancer are…

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Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch

As with sleeve gastrectomy, this procedure begins with the surgeon removing a large part of the stomach. The valve that releases food to the small intestine is left, along with the first part of the small intestine, called the duodenum. The surgeon then closes off the middle section of the intestine and attaches the last…

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Durban metabolic surgery center joins ranks of the few in SA accredited to perform a specialized procedure

The Durban Metabolic Surgery Centre, run by well-known surgeons Dr Gert du Toit and Dr Ivor Funnell, has been accredited by the South African Society for Surgery, Obesity and Metabolism (SASSO) to perform the highly advanced Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD-DS) surgery. Performing procedures at Netcare St Augustine’s and Netcare uMhlanga hospitals, Drs Du…

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Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD/DS)

Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD/DS) Overview A biliopancreatic diversion with a duodenal switch (BPD/DS) is a less-common weight-loss procedure that entails two major steps. The first step is sleeve gastrectomy in which about 80 percent of the stomach is removed, leaving a smaller tube-shaped stomach, similar to a banana. However, the valve that releases…

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Adding Surgery to Treatment Plan Offers Better Survival for Certain Women Diagnosed With Stage IV Breast Cancer

TOPIC: Diagnosis and Surgery TAGS: Mastectomy, Lumpectomy, and Metastatic/Advanced-stage: Stage IV A combination of surgery and systemic therapy can improve survival more than systemic therapy alone for women diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer with known hormone receptor and HER2 status, according to a study. The research was published in the May 2021 issue of the journal Annals of Surgical Oncology. Read…

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