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Is the mastectomy a risky thing to do?

Is the mastectomy a risky thing to do?

Yes: Every surgical procedure comes with inherent risks. A patient and a physician must weigh the risks and benefits. Please talk with your physician about the and benefits specific to your case. ...Read more

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


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Is the radical mastectomy a risky thing to do?

Is the radical 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 more

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What is the most comfortable thing to wear after having a mastectomy?

What is the most comfortable thing to wear after having a mastectomy?

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

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What is mastectomy like?

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

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How is a mastectomy performed?

How is a mastectomy performed?

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 more

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What is double mastectomy like?

Check out the : Cancer survivors network on-line to hear first hand. ...Read more

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What exactly is a mastectomy bra?

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 more

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What happens during a mastectomy?

What happens during a mastectomy?

Removal of breast: Removal of breast tissue and some adjacent tissues depending on the type of mastectomy. ...Read more

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How does mastectomy affect women?

How does mastectomy affect women?

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 more

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How does a mastectomy fitter work?

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 more

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