Bay Surgical Specialists -  - Surgeon

Bay Surgical Specialists

Surgeons located in St. Petersburg, FL

Endocrine And Breast Surgery

Dr. Collins and Dr. St. Julien are highly experienced in surgical procedures to treat diseases ranging from breast cancer to endocrine disorders. Patients can access his services at Bay Surgical Specialists with convenient locations in St. Petersburg and Pasadena, FL.

Endocrine and Breast Surgery Q & A

What surgeries can be used to treat breast cancer?

Breast cancer is usually diagnosed with a combination of screening methods and tissue sample analysis. Tissue samples, or biopsies are a minor surgical procedure where a small sample of the tissue and cells suspected of cancer are removed and analyzed for abnormality. Many patients will have an abnormal result during a routine screening like a mammogram and the physician will order further testing to determine the root cause of the abnormality. In many cases a biopsy will be needed to complete the diagnoses. Biopsies can be collected with a variety of procedures including fine-needle aspiration, nipple aspiration, ductal lavage, core needle biopsy and local surgical excision. When combined with radiographic imaging, these tests allow for accurate diagnoses of breast cancer. Some of the common surgical treatments include:

  • Mastectomy
  • Lumpectomy
  • Ductectomy
  • Mammosite partial breast irradiation
  • Cosmetic options including skin and nipple sparing and oncoplastic techniques to achieve the best post surgical results.

What endocrine conditions can be treated with surgery?

Most endocrinologists will try more conservative treatments before surgery. Surgery can also be used to collect biopsies or tissue samples when diagnosing an endocrine disorder. Hyperparathyroidism can only be treated with a parathyroidectomy or removal of the parathyroid. Adrenal glands may need to be removed, usually via laparoscopic surgery, if they are diseased or malfunctioning. The most common reason for the procedure is if too many hormones are being produced due to a tumor located on the adrenal. Hyperactive thyroids can be surgically damaged to reduce the amount of hormones released or removed if the gland is too diseased to function normally even with treatment.

What are symptoms of endocrine disorders?

Malfunctioning endocrine glands are typically caused by hyper or hypo activity, or being over or under active, tumors or injury. The endocrine glands produce the hormones which make the body function normally and can affect everything from energy levels to skin conditions to weight management. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Weight loss, gain or inability to change weight through behavior
  • Low energy levels or fatigue
  • Fast heart rates
  • Sweating
  • Skin condition, usually too dry
  • Irregular bowel movements
  • Irregular or absent menstrual cycles

Insurances Accepted

This is a short-list of just some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Aetna
Amerigroup
Assurant Health
Averde Health
AvMed
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida (Florida Blue)
Cigna
Coventry Health Care
Humana
Magellan Health
Medicaid
Medicare
Preferred Care Partners
Simply Healthcare
Tricare
UnitedHealthcare
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