Mercy Clinic Breast Surgery - Tower A

621 S. New Ballas Road, Tower A
Suite 260
St. Louis, MO 63141
Fax: (636) 256-5043
Hours of Operation:
Tuesdays 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Wednesdays 8 a.m. - Noon
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Mercy Clinic Breast Surgery has four board-certified surgeons who are experienced in the treatment of breast cancer and benign breast disease. Two of our surgeons offer services at this office in Tower A: Dr. Cara Hahs and Dr. Jovita Oruwari. As part of our Mercy Cancer Services team, they work closely with Mercy medical oncologists and radiation oncologists in helping patients and families through diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.  

Our breast surgeons provide the following services and treatments: Benign and Malignant Breast Disease, Nipple and Skin-Sparing Mastectomy, Brachytherapy, Genetic High Risk for Breast Cancer, Integrative Surgical Oncology, Breast Conservation Therapy.

We offer a “one-stop” healing experience that treats the whole person – body, mind and spirit. From surgery to chemotherapy to radiation to social services and integrative medicine, our team is here for you – any way you need us.

To make an appointment, please call 636-256-5000.

For additional information on breast cancer and how the disease can be treated, download the Mercy Breast Cancer Treatment Guide.

Patient Resource Quick Links

Research

We encourage our patients to participate in clinical trials to help themselves and future generations of patients with the same condition. For more information on clinical trials and research, please ask your doctor or call 314-251-7058 to find our more about clinical trials available at Mercy.

  • Research/Clinical Trials
  • Cancer and Tumor Research
  • Participate in a Research Study

Our Providers

Sarah Edwards Colwick, MD, Mercy
General Surgery
Mercy Clinic
Cara E. Hahs, MD, Mercy
Breast Surgery
Mercy Clinic
Abigail Weil Hoffman, MD, Mercy
Breast Surgery
Mercy Clinic
Jovita Oruwari, MD, Mercy
Breast Surgery
Mercy Clinic

Patient Resources

Appointments

Making an appointment is as simple as picking up the phone and calling our office. Our services are available to all who seek them. You may become our patient either by making the appointment yourself or through a physician referral. We also welcome the opportunity to provide second opinions. We know how stressful initial diagnosis is, and we strive to keep waiting time for an appointment to a minimum. Be assured that our exceptional physicians will do their very best to help you.

We accept most insurance carriers, and our staff will work with you before you come in for your appointment to ensure that you will have the coverage you need. We all try to help eliminate the worry, so you can concentrate on getting well.

We strive to keep waiting times to a minimum, but please realize that delays can occur due to emergencies and unforeseen patient needs.

We ask that you always:

  • Bring your insurance cards.
  • Let us know whenever you change your address, telephone number, employment, marital status or insurance.
  • Bring a list of all medications that you are currently taking (including over-the-counter remedies, vitamins and herbal supplements.)
  • Write down any questions or concerns that you may have to discuss with your physician.
  • If you wish, bring someone with you to help listen to your physician’s comments and responses to your questions.
  • Make your next appointment every time you visit the clinic. This includes lab, medication and radiology appointments.

We understand that emergencies and special needs can occur, and we will do our very best to accommodate your specific needs. We request that should you need to cancel an appointment that you provide as much notice as possible in order for us to enable another patient to see the doctor.

Once you make an appointment, all facets of our services–from the latest research findings to the most advanced technology–will be made available for your healing.

Prescription Refills

It is always best to anticipate your prescription refill needs and have any necessary prescriptions written during your scheduled office visit or treatment. Please bring your pharmacy number along with the container of the medicine that needs to be refilled. If you are unable to do so, please call our office as early as possible during regular office hours for your refill of non-narcotic prescriptions. All prescription requests will be handled promptly. Have your pharmacy number handy as well as the container of the medication you need refilled.

By law, you must have a written prescription for narcotics such as Percocet, MS Contin or Oxycontin. That means no narcotic pain prescriptions can be made after office hours or during the weekends. No exceptions are possible because of Federal regulations. We are extremely sympathetic to your needs and we want you to have the medications you need when you need them, but we cannot violate the law. It is always best to anticipate and get your prescriptions written while you are seeing your physician. We thank you in advance for understanding these policies.

Please carefully monitor your need for pain medication refills and allow ample time to acquire a written prescription.

Insurance & Billing

As a new patient, you will meet with a patient account representative to complete a patient information form and verify your insurance information. Please bring your insurance identification card(s) with you. A photocopy will be placed in your billing file. If you are covered by more than one insurance company, please let us know which company is the primary carrier. This will help avoid any delays in receiving benefits. If there is any change in your health coverage, please contact the office to update your records.

We participate with most major insurance companies and will submit claims to your carrier on your behalf. Medicaid patients are welcome. We also accept Medicare assignment — however, you will be responsible for the deductible and your 20 percent co-payment for Medicare’s allowed charges for physician care, chemotherapy drugs  and laboratory tests. If you belong to an HMO or PPO plan, please verify that our physicians are in the plan before your treatment begins. Also, please inform our office if pre-certification is necessary with your plan.

Some insurance companies require you to use a specific laboratory or to obtain referrals or pre-authorization for office visits, hospital admissions and treatment. It is your responsibility to obtain the initial referral and bring this with you on your first visit. If you need assistance with your insurance requirements, our staff will help you.

Co-payments are payable at the time of your visit. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. We will be happy to assist you in developing a payment plan.

Please call our patient accounts representative if you have questions or need assistance in coordinating and filing claims with your insurance company. Please be assured that your confidentiality will be respected at all times.

Emergencies and Phone Calls

If you are experiencing a true, life-threatening emergency, call 911. Call our office only after you have made arrangements to get to the Emergency Room.

If you need us, we want to hear from you. Please use this guide as to when you should make your phone call.

Call anytime – day or night – if:

  • Fever 100.5 F degrees or greater
  • Uncontrollable nausea or diarrhea
  • Pain medication that isn’t working
  • Chest pains or shortness of breath
  • Severe shaking or chills
  • Bleeding from the nose or gums
  • Blood in the urine
  • Black, tarry bowel movement
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Constipation with intense abdominal cramping
  • Changes in your vision or hearing
  • Increased bruising or pinpoint red or purple spots anywhere on the body.

Call during regular office hours  

  • If you have questions about your medication, treatment or side effects
  • If you’re having nutrition problems
  • If you need a prescription refilled
    • Please call by 3 p.m. and have your pharmacy’s phone number
    • For narcotics such as Percocet, MS Contin or Oxycontin, plan to either come into the office for a written prescription or allow five days for the written prescription to be mailed. By law, your pharmacy must have a written prescription. No narcotic prescriptions can be written on weekends.
  • For lab tests or scans, please know that results usually take:
    • Scans: 48 - 72 hours
    • Tumor markers: 72 hours
    • Bone marrow: 7-10 days
    • Pathology Reports: 3-5 days
  • If you’ve heard about a new treatment
  • If you notice new numbness or tingling of fingers or toes.

Never hesitate to call us for any problem that is important to you. There is no need to be miserable. If a certain medication is not working, call and let us know. Chances are, we can prescribe or suggest something to make you more comfortable.