One Stop Breast Clinic
Our One Stop Breast Clinic is a key speciality at London Bridge Hospital Outpatients, where we rapidly examine, diagnose and treat patients with breast-related problems and conditions.
With a highly experienced team of consultant surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, mammographers, oncologists, breast specialists and nurses, we provide a multidisciplinary approach to all breast conditions.
Breast condition we cover include:
- Breast pain (Mastalgia)
- Breast cysts and lumps
- Breast abnormality
- Breast tissue issues
- Breast and nipple infections
- Breast tumours, like fibroadenoma
- Nipple discharge
- Breast cancer
Patients attending the clinic with signs of breast problems will receive rapid assessment, with a consultant breast surgeon; they will also have access to a Breast care Clinical Nurse Specialist. Diagnostic tests can be carried out during their first visit and patients will receive their provisional results prior to leaving the department.
Due to the nature of the One-Stop breast clinic, your appointment may take approximately 2-3 hours. We endeavor to keep to this time frame, but if further investigations are necessary you may be required to stay longer. You may also be required to attend a follow up consultation.
You may eat and drink normally before your appointment. All cases are discussed at a multidisciplinary meeting to confirm the recommended treatment plan.
Breast clinic treatments at London Bridge Hospital Outpatients
We carry out a wide range of breast procedures to examine and treat common and complex breast-related conditions. This includes:
Mammograms – this is an X-ray of the breasts. The mammogram machine gently compresses the breast before an X-ray is taken on each breast from different directions. The procedure is usually not carried out on women under the age of 35-40 depending on the clinical recommendation. We take images of both breasts for comparison purposes. The procedure is painless, with patients just feeling some gentle pressure.
Breast Ultrasound – an imaging technique used to screen for breast lumps and other breast abnormalities. It’s also often used to investigate an issue picked up on a mammogram.The painless procedure involves applying a clear gel to the breast, then using a hand-held probe to scan the breast tissue.
Core Needle Biopsy – this is used if we detect a potential issue. It involves removing a small piece of tissue from the breast. The procedure involves using a local anaesthetic, so is not painful, although some women experience bruising. You’ll generally get the results in 48 hours. Depending on your situation, we may take individual cells from the tissue surface (called a core imprint) in order to give you faster interim results.
Fine Needle Aspirate Cytology (FNAC) – this biopsy involves using a very thin needle to detach breast cells, which we then examine under a microscope. Patients will just feel a small prick, similar to that of a blood test. They will generally get results within one hour.
Should your treatment plan require you to undergo further procedures or surgery, your consultant will seamlessly arrange for you to be treated as an inpatient at London Bridge Hospital.
Excision Biopsy – this is used to remove a breast lump for analysis. It’s a simple procedure that involves making a small cut over the lump site and then removing the tissue, using general or local anaesthetic.
Fistulectomy and Saucerisation – this is surgery performed to remove infected tissue under the nipple. The infection drains via a little gap along the edge of the nipple. We often leave the nipple to heal to help prevent reinfection.
Needle Localisation and Excision – this procedure is used to determine the exact location of a lump or other abnormality in the breast, before a separate procedure is used to remove it. It involves inserting a thin wire into the breast, which is performed with a local anaesthetic.
Sentinel Node Biopsy – a biopsy of the lymph node, which is performed to check for signs of breast cancer spreading. It involves the surgeon injecting blue dye into the breast just before the procedure, which identifies the correct gland to remove. Tissue is removed via a short incision in the patient’s underarm, and analysed to determine whether they need an additional procedure to clear the remaining glands.
Axillary Node Clearance – surgery to remove the lymph glands in the armpits to help prevent cancer from returning. The procedure involves the surgeon making a small incision and inserting a tube to drain out any fluid over a three-day period. Analysis of the removed tissue will help determine what, if any, subsequent drug treatment the patient requires.
Why choose our One Stop Breast Clinic?
Quick clinic access and treatment – When patients use our Breast Clinic facilities, we aim to provide appointments on the same or next day. Our leading team also strives to deliver results fast and treatment that’s effective.
State of the art breast care specialists – The consultants in our Breast clinic at London Bridge Hospital Outpatients are leaders in their field. Exceptionally skilled and highly experienced they can successfully diagnose and treat many breast-related conditions.
Latest breast care technology – Our One Stop Breast Clinic consists of the latest cutting-edge medical technology. From examination to diagnosis and treatment, the equipment and software we use aims to give you the most effective care you need with ideal results.
Exceptional quality of care – We ensure you receive exceptional care when using our Breast Clinic services, thanks to our multidisciplinary approach. From mammographers to oncologists, our team will work hard to make sure the quality of care you get is what you need and deserve.
Leading to the best outcome – Our key aim when you use our Breast Clinic Service is to bring results that lead to the best outcome for you. Whether we’re examining a breast issue or treating a complex breast abnormality, we want to give you peace of mind, or help you return to living a healthy life.
If you live in the London area and would like to find out more about our One Stop Breast Clinic at London Bridge Hospital Outpatients, call 020 7234 2009, or request an appointment online.
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