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How is a subcutaneous mastectomy different from a normal mastectomy?

How is a subcutaneous mastectomy different from a normal mastectomy?

No skin removal: A subcutaneous mastectomy removes as much breast tissue as possible without removing any skin of the breast. This may sometimes be performed on women who are at high-risk for breast cancer to lower their risk; it is not an acceptable surgical treatment of breast cancer. ...Read more

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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


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How is a mastectomy bra different from a normal rock?

How is a mastectomy bra different from a normal rock?

Softer: It depends on the price range but the new external prosthesis are markedly softer than before and form fitting for a total or to fill in the gaps after a partial mastectomy or radiation effect. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of a lumpectomy and a mastectomy? Does a mastectomy hurt a lot more than a lumpectomy?

What are the pros and cons of a lumpectomy and a mastectomy? Does a mastectomy hurt a lot more than a lumpectomy?

Intact breast: Lumpectomy is one way to save your breast. The control of breast cancer is similar in both procedures. So you should go for a lumpectomy plus radiation and save your breast, if you can. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a lumpectomy and a mastectomy?

What is the difference between a lumpectomy and a mastectomy?

Partial vs total: A lumpectomy is the removal of the breast tumor (the "lump") and some of the normal tissue that surrounds it. Lumpectomy is a form of "breast-conserving" surgery. A mastectomy is the removal of the entire breast tissue. The main types of mastectomy are: "simple" or "total" mastectomy, modified radical mastectomy, and radical mastectomy. ...Read more

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Since construction is mainly for patients who have had a mastectomy, so would a difference in size of each breast be considered reconstruction?

Since construction is mainly for patients who have had a mastectomy, so would a difference in size of each breast be considered reconstruction?

Depends: It would depend on your insurance company and the severeness of the deformity. Every woman has some differences between her breasts (give any plastic surgeon a ruler/marker/5 minutes and he/she will show you!). Where i practice this would likely be a battle but if you do have a significant lack of development of one breast or tubular breast, coverage may be attainable with good documentation. ...Read more

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What is a mammogram? How is a mammogram different from other types of breast imaging methods?

What is a mammogram? How is a mammogram different from other types of breast imaging methods?

A mammogram is: a low dose xray of the breast. Breast Ultrasound uses sound waves to generate an image, and MRI uses magnetic fields. Try this link for more info: http://www.cancer.org/healthy/findcancerearly/examandtestdescriptions/mammogramsandotherbreastimagingprocedures/mammograms-and-other-breast-imaging-procedures-toc ...Read more

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Does a growing lump on a one-stage immediate breast reconstruction after mastectomy because of cancer followed by a tissue flap procedure meancancer?

Does a growing lump  on a one-stage immediate breast reconstruction after mastectomy because of cancer followed by a tissue flap procedure meancancer?

Must get it checked: A new lump doesn't necessarily mean cancer, but you definitely must get it checked out to be sure. New lumps can appear after mastectomy and reconstruction, more with flap surgery than implants. More often than not, it is fat necrosis (hard fat) or scar tissue. Fat turns hard when the blood supply to that area isn't quite as good as it should be. Neither fat necrosis or scar tissue are harmful. ...Read more

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What is a pedicled flap for breast reconstruction? I've been researching my options for breast reconstruction surgery and i'm confused by the different kinds of flaps the surgeon can use. I'm especially unsure what is a pedicled flap, and how is it differ

What is a pedicled flap for breast reconstruction? I've been researching my options for breast reconstruction surgery and i'm confused by the different kinds of flaps the surgeon can use. I'm especially unsure what is a pedicled flap, and how is it differ

A : A pedicled flap is a flap that has a blood supply connected to the flap from its original site. Examples include the pedicled tram flap, which takes the rectus abdominus muscle (or sit-up muscle) with it, containing the superior deep epigastric artery, and the latissimus dorsi myocutanous flap, which carries the thoracodorsal artery along with the latissimus muscle. The tram flap is used to create a breast out of abdominal skin and fat, while the latissimus flap is used to provide muscle and skin coverage over an expander or implant. This is espiecially useful in a patient who has had radiation. A free flap is a flap that has its original blood supply divided. The artery (and vein) to the flap is then connected to a new blood supply under the microscope. The new blood supply is usually the internal mammary artery, which runs lateral to the sternum or breast bone. The flap vessel used is the deep inferior epigastric pedicle (diep flap). This bloode vessel comes from below the abdomen and doesn't run through the sit-up muscle. The purpose of a free flap in breast reconstruction is to improve circulation, and to prevent the side effects resulting from removing the sit-up muscle from the abdominal wall, which can lead to hernia or bulging. The free flap is a complicated procedure that should be done by a surgeon who has ecperience with this technique. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have a partial hysterectomy and a breast reduction within a week of each other?

Is it safe to have a partial hysterectomy and a breast reduction within a week of each other?

Possibly.: Probably even better to have the procedures combined, if doing so is deemed appropriate/safe by the involved physicians. ...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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Does a hysterotomy exist and how is it different from a hysterectomy?

Does a hysterotomy exist and how is it different from a hysterectomy?

Yes: A hysterotomy is a surgical term describing an incision into the uterus. You make a hysterotomy incision to deliver the baby during a cesarean section.A hysterectomy is removal of the uterus. ...Read more

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What size breast implant is used for the reconstruction of the breast after a mastectomy?

What size breast implant is used for the reconstruction of the breast after a mastectomy?

It depends: Breast reconstruction commonly utilizes implants either immediately after the mastectomy or later. When you meet with your plastic surgeon prior to surgery, you will discuss all of your options, including implant size. Clearly the average implant size will be greater than for cosmetic augmentation as the volume requirement is greater after the the breast tissue has been removed. ...Read more

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How sensitive is a woman's chest after a lumpectomy?

How sensitive is a woman's chest after a lumpectomy?

Varies: For benign disease usually minimal discomfort. After cancer and radiation patients often notice an occasional sudden discomfort , which is not uncommon. It could be more intense after mammosite. It varies a great deal from patient to patient. Immediately after the procedure there is some discomfort. Your surgeon can give you the details for you. ...Read more

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Is it normal to leave a breast expander in for 11 months for a breast reconstruction for a 34 b size without complications, no chemo no tissue probs?

Is it normal to leave a breast expander in for 11 months for a breast reconstruction for a 34 b size without complications, no chemo no tissue probs?

In some cases: There are indications to leave an expander in for a longer time than usual. Especially if you are undergoing chemo or radio therapy treatments . Unless there are infections or soft tissue problems it should not cause any long term issues. This is something you need to discuss with your plastic surgeon, so as to plan your subsequent procedures. ...Read more

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Radical mastectomy is a type of surgery for breast cancer that involves removing all of the breast tissue, is this true?

Yes: A radical mastectomy is an older operation that is not performed anymore. It involved removing the entire breast, the pectoralis major muscle and all of the lymph nodes underneath the arm. A modified radical mastectomy might be what you are asking about. This operation removes the entire breast along with all of the lymph nodes underneath the arm. ...Read more

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What are advantages and disadvantages of a lumpectomy and a mastectomy. please share any personal experience. does a mastectomy hurt a lot more than a lumpectomy?

More side effects: A mastectomy is designed to remove the entire breast because of a large tumor that tends to extend into the surrounding breast tissue. The incision at best is transverse and about 10 cm. A lumpectomy is a wide biopsy leaving most of the breast tissue and used when the entire small lesion can be encompassed by the lumpectomy. The side effects here are minimal compared to mastectomy. ...Read more

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Is a keloid curable (1/4 x 1 inch in size)? What is done to prevent a new keloid when the old keloid is cut out?

Is a keloid curable (1/4 x 1 inch in size)? What is done to prevent a new keloid when the old keloid is cut out?

Tough to prevent: The problem with surgical removal of keloid scars is that they can return in the healing process. Injection of steroids into the keloid or application of teflon sheets (available in the grocery store or pharmacy as "scar strips") can calm down inflammation and flatten them out. You can try this before surgery, or use it afterwards to try to keep the keloid from forming, again. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is a breast reduction operation like?

What is a breast reduction operation like?

Not bad: Most of our patients are pleasantly surprised by the fairly easy recovery after breast augmentation. They are usually able to return to work in one week. Bruising is minimal. ...Read more

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Is 5 months a long time for a person to have a malignant tumor in their breast before treatment?

Is 5 months a long time for a person to have a malignant tumor in their breast before treatment?

Hard to say: At some point a cell in the breast becomes a cancer. How long this process takes depends. Dcis can exist for months, but left alone long enough can evolve into cancer. Screening mammography can detect very early cancers and dcis to allow curative treatment in a timely fashion. Most breast lumps found on physical exam or self detected by patients are readily evaluated by mammogram and ultrasound. ...Read more

Subcutaneous (Definition)

Under the skin, as opposed to within ...Read more