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Milk duct surgery (Microdochctomy or macodochctomy surgeries)

Private surgery to remove one or more blocked milk ducts in the breast

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If you've been experiencing breast discharge, pain or inflammation due to a blocked milk duct, a microdochectomy procedure could help treat your symptoms. This is a procedure to remove a blocked milk duct, which can cause discomfort and even infection if left untreated. Once the duct is removed, it is examined to determine or confirm the cause of the blockage.

If we find that the problem is affecting multiple milk ducts in your breast, we may instead recommend a total duct excision. In this procedure, a disc of duct tissue is removed from behind the nipple.

At Circle Health Group, our experienced consultants can provide you with the highest quality private treatment for breast problems. Our state-of-the-art facilities and personalised care ensure that you receive the best possible outcome.

If you're experiencing breast pain or discharge, don't wait any longer to seek help. For more information on this or any of our breast surgery procedures, book a consultation with one of our experienced consultant surgeons and find out how we can help you. Call or book online today and you could have your initial consultation within 48 hours.

A microdochectomy is a surgical procedure that removes a milk duct from your breast. A macrodochectomy is the term used when both breasts are operated on at the same time. This operation is typically performed if you have a duct that is causing difficult symptoms. These can include:

  • Nipple discharge, which may be discoloured or contain blood
  • Pain in the affected area
  • Swelling in the affected area
  • Changes in the texture or appearance of the skin on the breast or nipple

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. As well as a blocked or infected milk duct, these symptoms can be caused by a variety of different conditions, among them breast cancer. Speak to your GP or your local specialist breast clinic to arrange for a breast exam without delay.

There are various conditions that can cause the type of symptoms that we treat using microdochectomy. These include:

  • Breast infection (mastitis)
  • Widening of the milk ducts (duct ectasia)
  • Papilloma (a small, noncancerous growth in a milk duct)
  • Benign (noncancerous) breast lumps
  • Breast cancer or precancerous cells

Typically this procedure will be recommended if your consultant believes your condition is benign (non-cancerous). After the duct or ducts are removed, they will be sent for testing in the laboratory to determine the cause of the blockage.

At your initial consultation at Circle Health Group, our specialist consultant will work with you to develop a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs. This will involve discussing your medical history and symptoms along with a short physical examination. You may also be sent additional tests or scans to confirm a diagnosis.

Your first consultation is crucial, as it allows us to get a complete understanding of your unique situation and determine the best course of treatment for you. We'll take the time to listen to your concerns and answer any questions you may have. We pride ourselves on providing exceptional care and support throughout your journey with us, and your initial consultation is the first step towards achieving the best possible outcome for you.

If you're considering microdochectomy, book a consultation with one of our experienced consultants today to discuss your options and take the first step towards regaining your health.

Microdochectomy surgery typically takes around 30 minutes to an hour to complete, depending on the complexity of the case.

During the procedure, a local anaesthetic is used to numb the area, and you may also be given a sedative to help you relax during the procedure.

Once the area is numbed, if you are having a microdochectomy the surgeon will make a small incision near the affected milk duct. The blocked duct is then removed, and the incision is closed with sutures or adhesive strips.

For a total duct excision, a disc of duct tissue is removed from behind the nipple. The incision is then closed with sutures or adhesive strips.

After the procedure, you may experience some pain, swelling, or bruising around the incision site. You will be given specific aftercare instructions to follow, including how to care for the wound and when to seek medical attention if necessary. Most patients can return to work and normal activities within a few days of the procedure.

If you are considering breast surgery, it is natural to have concerns about the potential risks and complications associated with the procedure. Your consultant at Circle Health Group will discuss these with you in detail before your operation, so you can make an informed decision about your care.

Potential risks of microdochectomy or total duct excision include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Scarring
  • Changes in breast appearance

It is important to note that these risks are relatively uncommon, and most people experience a smooth recovery from a microdochectomy. Your consultant will discuss any specific risks that may be relevant to your individual case.

At Circle Health Group, we understand that making decisions about your healthcare can be daunting. That is why we take the time to ensure you have all the information you need to make informed decisions about your care. Your consultant will be with you every step of the way to provide guidance and support throughout your treatment journey.

When you choose to go private with Circle Health Group, you can expect:

  • Flexible appointment times and locations to fit your routine
  • The freedom to choose which hospital and consultant suit your needs
  • Personalised, consultant-led treatment plans tailored to your individual needs
  • Comfortable and safe private facilities maintained by expert multidisciplinary teams
  • Private ensuite rooms as standard and delicious healthy meals
  • Affordable, fixed-price packages with aftercare included
  • Flexible payment options to help you spread the cost of your care

If you would like to learn more about duct excision surgery, book your appointment online today or call a member of our team directly.

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