Dr. Shannon Gulley is a Board certified physician who specializes in benign and oncologic breast surgery for masses and cancer. At Glacier Surgical Associates, the staff serves the residents of Palmer, Alaska, as well as many other communities in the surrounding area.
A breast biopsy is a procedure in which a small amount of tissue is removed from the breast for testing. Breast biopsies can be performed on lumps that were felt through exam or were noticed on an ultrasound. Once the doctor notices the lump, he will likely recommend the next step be to schedule a biopsy. Sometimes it is possible to perform a biopsy in the office. A mild local anesthetic is used to numb the area and the tissue to be tested is drawn out through a hollow needle. In other cases, the area of concern may be more difficult to access and may require a more involved procedure in a surgical setting. Once the tissues are obtained, they can be sent for testing in order to determine whether the tissue is of concern and would indicate the need for further treatment.
Breast cancer is one of the leading killers when it comes to preventable diseases. With early detection, many breast cancers can be effectively treated and reduce mortality rates. Facilities that offer on-site biopsies provide their patients with a life-saving resource that enables them to detect cancer in its earliest stages. The ability of a doctor to perform both benign and cancer surgeries enables them to offer their patients a chance to be free of cancer and able to live a fuller, more active life. The advancements in technology today enable doctors to provide their patients with a new lease on life. Early detection is the key to preventing the spread of cancer.
Women who have had lumpectomies or mastectomies are excellent candidates for breast reconstruction. When large lumps are removed, they can leave dimples and large defects in the breasts. Mastectomies call for the removal of the breast tissue as well as large sections of the muscle tissue that surround them. Breast reconstruction procedures can correct small areas using the patient's own tissues to help fill in the area. In cases of a radical mastectomy, the doctor can create new breasts using implants that will help the patient regain their self-confidence. A reconstructive procedure provides the woman a chance to feel whole and intact after a traumatizing illness.
Glacier Surgical Associates accepts most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans they accept. Please contact the office if you do not see your insurance provider listed here.