• Breast Surgery & Education

  • What if I need breast surgery?

    Most women with breast cancer have some type of surgery as part of their treatment. Shortly after your diagnosis, you will partner with a breast surgeon who you can trust with your surgery – and your life. 

    You may be scheduled for surgery for many different reasons: 

    • To remove as much of the cancer as possible through a partial mastectomy (lumpectomy), full mastectomy or radical mastectomy
    • To find out whether the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes under the arm
    • To restore the breast’s shape after the cancer is removed
    • To relieve symptoms of advanced cancer

    The importance of a breast surgeon

    A diagnosis of breast disease is nothing short of frightening. Just at the moment a woman receives this news, she will often be referred to a surgeon. We understand how important it is to find a surgeon you can trust with not only the procedure, but also your life.

    Who will be my breast surgeon?

    Gerlinde S. Tynan, MD, FACS is a board-certified general surgeon specializing in breast cancer. You will be in the very skilled hands of Dr. Tynan. She:

    • Received a Bachelor of Science with honors in Molecular Biology from the University of Wyoming in Laramie
    • Graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle  
    • Completed her general surgery residency at the University of Arizona in Tucson
    • Is an active member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons,
    • Is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons
    • Is one of a few surgeons certified in breast ultrasound
    • Formed the Breast Center in Arizona and established it as the first National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) in the region.  

    What are Dr. Tynan’s specialties?

    Dr. Tynan’s operative techniques include:

    • Oncoplastic lumpectomies
    • Sentinel lymph node biopsy
    • Traditional and skin and nipple-sparing mastectomies with or without immediate reconstruction in conjunction with plastic surgery
    • Full spectrum of breast cancer care
    • Radiation targeting devices for appropriately selected patients
    • Infusion ports placed for those undergoing chemotherapy

  • Gerlinde Tynan, MD, FACS

    “I believe in crafting an individualized treatment plan for you, based on national guidelines while taking into account your particular pathology, risk factors, and personal wishes." - Dr. Tynan

    Scheduling & Referral Questions 

    Phone: 303-661-1855
    Fax: 303-661-1856

    CHPG Center for Breast Care 
    80 Health Park Dr. #270
    Louisville, CO 80027

    Forms & Breast Surgery Preparation Class

  • Prior to your appointment please download and complete the following patient form packet:

    If you have questions about the forms, please contact us at 303-661-1855.

    After meeting with your surgeon and prior to your surgery, you have the opportunity to be part of our breast surgery preparation class taught by registered nurses and physical therapists specifically trained in post-surgery breast care. Our goal is to minimize your fear, prepare you for surgery and teach you how to care for yourself, or a loved one, after surgery. 

    Class Details

    Tuesdays: 4-5:30 p.m.
    To register: 303-673-1196
    Location: Avista Adventist Hospital – Longs Peak Room 

    This class it taught by our registered nurses and physical therapists specially trained in post-breast surgery care. This class is designed to give you the knowledge you need to fight your battle and return to your life. You will learn:

    • How to prepare for surgery
    • What to expect during your hospital stay
    • Drain and dressing management
    • Importance of pain management
    • Lymphedema management
    • Activity guidelines and post-operative exercises
    • Practical tips for bathing, sleeping and moving comfortably
    • Baseline measurement of arms and mobility completed in a private setting by a physical therapist. (Please wear a tank top or short-sleeved shirt).

    This class is free and a light snack is provided.

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