Highly-Skilled, Multi-Specialist Surgeon Uses Innovative Technology
// GENERAL, BREAST AND LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY
What should I consider when looking for a general/breast surgeon?
Your surgeon should clearly explain your disease process and treatment plan, allowing ample time to ask questions. You should never feel rushed during this process. Do a little research and read their online patient reviews. How many years of experience do they have? Can you reach your surgeon after hours and on weekends and holidays if the need arises? When you call the office, do you reach a person providing immediate assistance or automated barriers that create difficulty reaching your surgeon?
What are the top three surgeries you perform?
I most frequently perform surgery for breast cancer, gallbladder disease, and hernias.
As a member of The American Society of Breast Surgeons and an active presenter at hospital tumor boards, I am dedicated to providing the highest quality surgical care for my breast cancer patients. Once routine, complete axillary lymph node dissection to identify metastases increased the risk of lymphedema, abnormal swelling in the hand/arm. Today, targeted lymph node removal using dual tracer sentinel node and a radar reflector localize and remove the nodes most likely to involve cancer. In addition, my office has a machine which can measure tissue fluid status identifying women at risk of developing lymphedema. Early detection and treatment can often reverse this debilitating condition.
How do you diagnose and treat gallbladder disease?
Often patients with undiagnosed gallbladder disease assume their abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, and vomiting is acid reflux or heartburn, gluten, or lactose intolerance. Occasionally their ultrasound does not show gallstones and an HIDA scan is needed to determine how well or how poorly the gallbladder functions. The surgical procedure to remove a gallbladder is minimally invasive using tiny incisions and a camera. This simple outpatient procedure takes about an hour and can be performed at a surgery center.
Why are hernia repairs important?
A hernia is a tear in the tissues of the abdominal wall or groin due to excessive cough, constipation, heavy lifting, or prior surgery. If untreated, a loop of intestine can become trapped within a hernia, injuring its blood supply. This leads to emergency surgery and resection of that piece of intestine. Especially now during the coronavirus pandemic, a quick outpatient surgery center procedure can allow patients to avoid an emergency room visit and lengthy hospital stay.
Do you have any other advice?
You can get a second opinion at any time. Do not allow yourself to be pressured by a surgeon or a treatment center. You have the right to choose what is best for you and your family members. For some fragile patients, the treatment can be worse than the disease. It takes wisdom, experience, and courage not to intervene. A great surgeon knows when to operate but also knows when not to operate
About the Expert
Mahsa Mossadegh MD, FACS
Dr. Mossadegh earned her bachelor of science and medical degree from The Ohio State University. She completed her general surgery residency at Michigan State University. She has lived and practiced in The Woodlands since 2004. Dr. Mossadegh is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery.
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MossadeghSurgery.com // (281) 296-7377