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Is The Mastectomy A Risky Thing To Do
Yes, but . . .: Yes, but not having a radical mastectomy when it's called for would be far riskier. Any surgery carries risk and a mastectomy is no different, but those risks are far smaller than the risk of a spreading breast cancer. By the way, if you're concerned that a radical mastectomy is more than you need for your cancer, you can and should always seek a second opinion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prosthesis: You need a presciption to go to a bra specialty store to get fitted for a prothesis (insert that goes into a special made bra). Insurance will pay for you to get bras every year. A good fit will match your remaining breast. At 33, I am wondering why you were not offered reconstruction? Please know this is always an option available to you moving forward by a plastic surgeon. ...Read more
Unpleasant: Mastectomy is done for tumors of the breast. It is not something looked forward to. The result depends upon the extent of the tumor, adjacent spread and the need for chemotherapy and radiation. Unless there is reconstruction, it leaves a flat covering of skin where there used to be protrusion. Most have simultaneous reconstruction which can be very cosmetically helpful. ...Read more
New options: There are many different types of mastectomies. A nipple sparing mastectomy allows the nipple and skin to be left in place and then the plastic surgeon can do reconstruction. The results are great with less scarring than traditional mastectomy. Make sure you are offered reconstruction and speak with a plastic surgeon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Individualized item: A mastectomy bra is usually fitted by a lady who is a trained specialist and is able to measure each patient and determine their size and options. It can hold a breast prosthesis for cosmetic purposes and can help in recovery after mastectomy surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Differently: Some seem not to be bothered at all. These generally include the elderly. Younger women tend to undergo a grieving process but this can be significantly diminished by pursuing reconstruction. Reconstruction techniques are so good these days that the reconstructed breast sometimes looks better than the original. Sensory loss and scars arent usually too troubling. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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