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A 34-year-old member asked:

what are some reasons that would prevent reconstruction after a mastectomy?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Some: Residual cancer, Infection,Tissue loss or pending loss.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Inadequate tissue for coverage. Need for radiation therapy after mastectomy can delay reconstruction.
Aug 17, 2014

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What do surgeons need before performing preventative simple mastectomy?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Appropriate reason: Removing a breast is not an insignificant thing and should only be done for an appropriate indication (i.e. Appropriate high risk). Beyond this, basic screening should have been done in a recent interval - no one likes surprises. The patient should be a reasonable surgical candidate.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Who should have a preventative mastectomy?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
An OPTION for some : No one needs a prophylactic mastectomy. However, those with a proven brca mutation have a 50-75% chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetime & may find a mastectomy their best option rather than fearing its development. New reconstructive options make this less traumatic but it's still a major decision, best done w/a cancer surgeon and genetic counselor.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What is your opinion of preventative mastectomy?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Denny Rodenberg
General Surgery 31 years experience
Risk and age: Combine one's risk with the years of life left to live, then the benefit of prevention is worthwhile. Genetic tests can help determine risk, but before that your family history is also a factor. Will mammography help, some women have dense and hard to screen breasts, combine with high risk and prevention can be life saving...
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me what kind of proof do surgeons ask for before performing preventative simple mastectomy?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joey Bluhm
General Surgery 17 years experience
No Proof needed: A surgeon will perform a complete history, family history, and exam to determine you risk for breast cancer. If you are at high risk for developing breast cancer, the surgeon will discuss with you the risks of surgery. More testing may be needed base on your history. It will then be your decision to undergo the surgery or not.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Your thoughts on "preventative mastectomy". Do you think it is a valid treatment?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery 23 years experience
Yes but....: No for everyone. There are specific indications, like family history and the breast cancer gene. I recommend finding a breast center in your area and discussing with a breast specialist. Make sure you get the facts and a true calculation for YOUR specific risk.

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