Many women are very apprehensive about seeing a surgeon when they have a concern about their breasts. Sometimes knowing what to expect can help alleviate some of the anxiety and make the visit less stressful and more productive. At the Breast Center of Southwest Surgical Associates, we tailor each visit to suit the needs of the individual patient.
A typical visit for a breast concern is described below:
You will come to the office and check in, just like any other office. It will help if you come 10-15 minutes early to fill out paperwork. You can fill out many of the forms at home before you come by accessing the link on the Breast Center of Southwest Surgical Associates page or by clicking here. You can review the Info Sheet on “Questions the doctor may ask you during your visit”, and it may help you get through the paperwork more quickly and accurately.
You will be taken to an exam room and have your vital signs checked. You will then change into an examination gown, and the surgeon will meet with you and discuss your concerns, medical history, breast history, and family history. The breast exam may or may not include an ultrasound of the breast at that time.
After the exam the doctor will talk with you about what should be done next. This may include a biopsy in the office (usually at a separate visit), referral for an ultrasound or mammogram in the radiology department, planning for surgery, or possibly a course of observation with recheck in the office at a later time.
Feel free to ask any questions you might have. Usually an appointment without a biopsy will take about a half-hour.