Elvira Klause, MD, FACS
General Surgeon located in South Orange County, Laguna Hills, CA
A skilled and compassionate breast surgery specialist, Dr. Elvira Klause, located in San Clemente, California, has treated thousands of benign and malignant breast conditions. She provides a wide range of breast surgeries, including lumpectomies, mastectomies and biopsies for women throughout South Orange County.
Breast Surgery Q & A
What Are Some Different Kinds of Breast Surgeries?
Breast surgeries can include a number of different procedures, but some of the more common ones include lumpectomies, mastectomies, and biopsies.
In a lumpectomy, cancerous tumors are removed from the breast along with surrounding tissue, preserving as much of the breast as possible. A mastectomy involves surgically removing the entire breast because of cancer. Biopsies are less invasive procedures that involve collecting tissue from a lump or abnormal area to determine if it is cancerous or not.
Why Might Someone Need a Breast Surgery?
Breast surgery is often required if you had an abnormal result on a mammogram or felt a lump in your breast. In these cases, either a needle biopsy or a surgical biopsy might be required to check to see if you have breast cancer.
Mastectomies are often required in women who have early breast cancer or locally advanced breast cancer. Cutting off the entire breast is a good way to stop cancer from spreading to the rest of the body. It can also be used for people with ductal carcinoma in situ or Paget disease of the breast.
Lumpectomies are a good way for women with breast cancer to save their breasts. It is usually paired with radiation or chemotherapy to ensure all cancerous cells are destroyed.
What Is the Recovery Like for a Breast Surgery?
After a breast surgery, you might have a drain in place to keep fluid from building up. This drain usually stays in place for seven to 10 days to give your body time to heal fully. The drain may need to be emptied twice a day.
For lumpectomies, you will be able to leave the hospital the same day as your surgery. Patients who have a mastectomy usually spend up to one day in the hospital, while patients who have a mastectomy with a breast reconstruction will have a prolonged stay.
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Words from our patients
"Dr. Klause performed surgery and left me HAPPY and PAINLESS!!!, I will definitely and highly recommend Dr. Elvira Klause to my family, friends and all."
"I love Dr. Klause. She is very caring and has taken excellent care of me for the last 7 years. She is the best!"
"Staff couldn't have been nicer. Went above and beyond to help us. I especially want to thank Louise for all her help."
"I highly recommend her for any kind of procedures that falls into her expertise...Thank you very much Dr. Klause"
"Each time I used her, despite my fears, she used her knowledge, skill and care to make every procedure very successful. I would recommend her 100%...she is the BEST!!!!"