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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
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
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 aren't usually too troubling. ...Read more
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
A helper: I believe that what you are describing is a person who herself may have had mastectomy surgery or someone who is familiar with a breast prostheses that a person can wear after mastectomy. The fitter would help someone pick the beast fitting bra and prosthesis after a mastectomy. ...Read more
Two hours on average: The actual length of the operation depends on the type of mastectomy performed and the type of lymph node procedure that is performed at the same time. Immediate reconstruction (if planned) must also be factored in. But in general, the mastectomy operation takes about 2 hours with wound closure taking up about 1/4 of the time. ...Read more
Moderate pain: For 2-3 days, transverse scar about 7 inches long, loss of breast mound, plastic drain tubes for about five days less painful to remove than one may expect, grieving process ranging from minimal to severe, significant amelioration with reconstruction. ...Read more
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
2-5 hours.: The length of surgery is dependent on the technique (simple-, modified radical-, nipple sparing-, etc) and whether reconstruction is performed simultaneously. A bilateral simple mastectomy alone may take less than 2 hours; this time may increase 1-3 hours with reconstruction. ...Read more
3-4 weeks: Usually your drains are removed in about 1-2 weeks time. I would suggest waiting another 2 weeks to assure adeqaute healing before swimming. You may shower though, after the drains are out. Of course all depends on your wound healing process. Please follow your surgeon's advice. ...Read more
Yes: Unless you had a standard radical mastectomy, where the chest wall muscles were removed, or complications from axillary lymphadenectomy, simply removing the breast should not cause any functional problems. I assume the wound has healed. ...Read more
The diagnosis is serious, and complete evaluation is important.
There are lumpectomies, simple mastectomies, and extended node dissection mastectomies.
Get the full plan, and risks and benefits from your surgeon.
Breast is soft tissue with generally good tissue planes allowing relatively technically safe and reliable procedures. Bruising, swelling, and some pain are expected and controlled. ...Read more
What a great question that forced me to learn something new about a service I use for my patients. There are classes and a certification exam. The following link has all of the info:http://www. Bocusa. Org/mastectomy-fitter-certification-cmf
good luck! ...Read more