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What Can I Expect After A Mastectomy
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Serious: 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
Emotional upheaval: It is a major event and comes with a lot of emotional upheaval. Talk to your pcp, breast surgeon and if possible also a plastic ; reconstructive surgeon as knowing the possible options for breast reconstruction and seeing some results in advance will help you through this event. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mastectomy pain: Mastectomy is a relatively painful procedure related to the extent of the dissection. I've found that using implanted catheters to drip bupivicaine into the wound for the first 4 days dramatically reduces the pain, some patients saying they only took 1 or 2 pain pills after going home. Good luck to you. ...Read more
Controllable: Soft tissue and skin. Bruising and sensitivity. Oral pain meds will be available. ...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
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