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How is a subcutaneous mastectomy different from a normal mastectomy?

How is a subcutaneous mastectomy different from a normal mastectomy?

The nipple is intact: Subcu mastectomy leaves the areola and nipple intact but removes 90 to 95ish % of the breast tissue hard to see in upper outer quadrant toward axilla -from the usual inframammary fold incision line- therefore have to be careful in getting all the breast tissue out --- often used in a boy with ptotic gynecomastia ie large breasts. ...Read more

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Subcutaneous (Definition)

The hypodermis, also called the hypoderm, subcutaneous tissue, subcutis, or superficial fascia, is the lowermost layer of the integumentary system in vertebrates. Types of cells that are found in the hypodermis are fibroblasts, adipose cells, and macrophages. It is derived from the mesoderm, but unlike the dermis, it is not derived from the dermatome ...Read more


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52 years with no family history of breast cancer underwent bilateral subcutaneous mastectomy and histopathology showed on the right side ductal carcin?

52 years with no family history of breast cancer underwent bilateral subcutaneous mastectomy and histopathology showed on the right side ductal carcin?

Possible: I am not sure why was the bilateral mastectomy performed from the begging to start with but Ductal carcinoma in situ is a precancerous condition and it is not uncommon to find in women of your age. You must follow up with an oncologist to see if further intervention like hormonal thrapy is indicated. ...Read more

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When having a mastectomy single or double.How long ate you on hosp? Complications likely to arise from copd?

When having a mastectomy single or double.How long ate you on hosp? Complications likely to arise from copd?

Speak to your doctor: This question can only be answered by your surgeon and anesthesiologist. If you find that your questions are not being answered, then get a second opinion. You should be made to feel comfortable by your clinician when asking questions. It is your right to the information as a patient. ...Read more

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What are possible complications after a radical mastectomy?

Several: 1. Infection 2. Bleeding 3. Recurrence of cancer 4. Swelling of the arm or hand 5. Limitation of movement of the arm or shoulder 6. Pain or numbness of the upper inner aspect of the arm. 7. Fluid collection on the chest wall (seroma) ...Read more

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Can you tell me about breast reconstruction after mastectomy and complications?

Can you tell me about breast reconstruction after mastectomy and complications?

Breast Cancer: This is a great question. The issue is how safe is it to be under anesthesia for longer periods of time. The short answer is it is very safe. I perform the diep flap breast reconstruction surgery and it takes longer because of all of the steps. These patients do extremely well after surgery and have had the benefit of removal of the lower abdominal tissue just like I do for a tummy tuck. ...Read more

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Could mastectomy is the only option of treatment for paget"s disease?

For best results: Unfortunately it is diffuse diseases , it involves nipple and areola complex , when this area is removed will be cosmetically unacceptable , and is a aggressive disease are the reasons for mastectomy , although wide resection with good margins possible along with chemo-radiation is possible . It is also easier to reconstruct breast after mastectomy , if needed take a second opinion., discuss. ...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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Is mastectomy a very common procedure?

Is mastectomy a very common procedure?

All too common!: Mastectomy offers no increased chance for cure over lumpectomy; however, mastectomy is necessary/preferred in certain situations: multicentric cancer that grows throughout the breast; women who have the hereditary (brca+)type of ca; women who cannot have radiation therapy (which must be included with lumpectomy for rx).For those that require mastectomy, reconstruction is often an excellent option. ...Read more

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Do you think I should get a double mastectomy?

Need more info: This is a very vague question. Without knowing the reason why a double mastectomy has been recommended for you, there is no way to answer that question. Please clarify with your health care provider. ...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