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A 38-year-old member asked:

what is the survival rate after a mastectomy?

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Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 25 years experience
>99%: The surgery itself has a very low risk in most patients. The main complications are bleeding and infection. These are easily identified and corrected if treatment is sought out early.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

How does a mastectomy fitter work?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Greg Pahnke
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
By selling products: Most have been trained on the job by a mentor some actually have had themselves a mastectomy or lumpectomy for even better first hand advise the measure and fit and judge and tweak using various manufactor's prosthesis and bras. You by feel have the final say they also act as counselors- as noted -some have been through this themselves. It really pays to find a good fitter from the start.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How is a mastectomy performed?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery 37 years experience
General anaesthesia: Football-shaped incision encompasses nipple, breast tissue dissected off pec muscle, armpit lymph node (sentinal node)sampled, if positive for metastasis, other lymph nodes removed.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me what a simple mastectomy is?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 17 years experience
Breast removal only: In a simple mastectomy the entire breast tissue is removed, however an axillary lymph node dissection (removal of lymph nodes in the underarm area) is not performed. Unlike a radical mastectomy (which is rarely performed today), no muscles are removed from beneath the breast.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the psych effects of having a mastectomy?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
Child Psychiatry 44 years experience
Tough question: The answer is more complex than can be discussed in this brief space. Suffice to say mastectomy poses a massive challenge to one's psychological balance. The effects depend on the individual, of course, and some women will get to an even better place in terms of mental health. Family love & support, personal strategies for positive mindset, and professional help are all warranted.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Simple mastectomy difficult?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. George T Tsai
General Surgery 27 years experience
No: It is a technically simple procedure with low morbidity. Most patients can and choose to go home the same day of surgery.

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