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Breast Pain (Definition)

Breast pain is common. It is typically experienced during the menstrual period. Pain can range from mild tenderness, burning, dull ache, sharp or stabbing. It can be experienced in 1 or both breasts. Fibrocystic changes is the most common cause of breast pain. Hormonal medications (birth control, hormones) can cause pain as well. Infection ...Read more


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Is mastectomy removal of both breasts?

Is mastectomy removal of both breasts?

Removal of breast: A mastectomy is the removal of the breast/breast tissue. A double mastectomy is the removal of both breasts. ...Read more

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What methods are used to reconstruct the breast after a mastectomy?

What methods are used to reconstruct the breast after a mastectomy?

Various techniques: Techniques for breast reconstruction have changed over the years. Most reconstruction is implant based -- either using a tissue expander to help stretch the muscle and skin before using an implant, or direct to implant reconstruction. Surgeons can also use flaps which transfer soft tissue, +/- skin, +/- muscle. These may come from the belly, the back the buttocks or the thighs. ...Read more

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What is a mastectomy of accessory breast?

What is a mastectomy of accessory breast?

Accessory breast: Usually in the axilla (arm pit) or below the breast. With hormonal changes these area of extra breast tissue may grow. Because the cause a lump under the skin they are usually removed ...Read more

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Will they remove all of my breast lumps if I have a mastectomy?

Will they remove all of my breast lumps if I have a mastectomy?

Mastectomy if cancer: Any type of breast surgery is always based on ensuring that the diagnosis is confirmed prior to making a decision especially that of proceeding to a mastectomy as the goal is to remove the least amount of breast tissue as possible. Mostly mastectomy is reserved for cancer except in some women for specific reasons and men with gynecomastia. Consult with your breast surgeon and discuss your options. ...Read more

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For how long after mastectomy can I have breast re-construction?

Your surgeon: Should provide you with option of immediate post-mastectomy reconstruction, if it is technically feasible. If, for whatever reason, you do not-or did not-have this option, you probably should wait one year after your last treatment, whether it was mastectomy or radiation treatment. Consult a reconstructive plastic surgeon for specific opinion in your case. ...Read more

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Price for breast lumpectomy vs a mastectomy?

Price for breast lumpectomy vs a mastectomy?

Don't Let Price...: ...Influence your decision. Treatment may require surgery+/-radiationrx+/-chemorx, therefore looking at the cost of these operations alone are misleading. For example, radiationrx is mandatory after lumpectomy, so any price comparison would have to include this. Most importantly, if uninsured, there are many people & hospitals in the healthcare community that will assist cancer patients. ...Read more

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How natural do reconstructed breasts feel after mastectomy?

How natural do reconstructed breasts feel after mastectomy?

Varies w/technique: In general, there are two reconstruction options: (1)tissue expanders to stretch the skin of the chest wall, followed by implants(2)tissue transfer, where skin, fat(+/-muscle) are brought over to the chest wall from the abdomen or back. Both of these options can look very natural (esp w/nipple-areolar sparing surgery). Option (2) feels more natural but w/limited sensation (&bigger operation). ...Read more

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Would my breasts look the same after a mastectomy + reconstruction?

Breast surgery: Although we can provide very good results with a number of techniques it depends on a number of factors. Please get a consult! ...Read more

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Could you donate breasts to mastectomy patients?

Could you donate breasts to mastectomy patients?

No: Generally a reconstruction is performed by using an implant or by using a woman's own fatty tissue from her abdomen or back. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Mastectomy (Definition)

A mastectomy is complete removal of all visible breast tissue. Different variations exist, some of which spare some or all of ...Read more