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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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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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What can be expected during mastectomy/reconstruction?

Mastectomy/Recon: The answer to your question depends on the type of mastectomy as well as the type of breast reconstruction. For more details, check out my website: http://drholmesmd.com/services/breast-cancer-surgery/ ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the instruments, equipments & other supplies used during mastectomy?

Many: This is a rather broad question. There are many instruments such as scalpel, scissors, forceps, clamps, needle holders, retractors plus sponges, needles, sutures, etc. Cautery, sequential stockings, monitoring and anesthesia equipment are also needed. Other supplies are needed such as disinfectant, sterile drapes, gowns and gloves. Certain specializes equipment may be needed based on the procedure. ...Read more

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Will I be able to keep my nipples during a mastectomy?

May or may not: Most commonly a mastectomy for breast cancer includes removal of the nipple and areola. There is a type of mastectomy called nipple sparing mastectomy. This procedure may not be appropriate for cancer treatment in many situations. You need to talk to your breast surgeon to see if your condition is suitable for this procedure. Not all surgeons do this procedure. ...Read more

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If the nipples are removed during a mastectomy, can they be reattached?

No: When patients undergo standard mastectomy, the nipples are removed and cannot be reattached. A better option in select patients would be to undergo a nipple-sparing mastectomy, which allows for preservation of the nipple and areola during mastectomy without removing them. For patients who have had the nipple removed during mastectomy, nipple reconstruction is available. ...Read more

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What muscle is removed during a radical mastectomy?

What muscle is removed during a radical mastectomy?

Pectoralis muscles: Actually, this question should read "was", not "is", since we never perform radical mastectomies any more (nor have we for 30+ yrs); removing the muscles never helps treat the cancer. The most common mastectomy for breast cancer treatment is called a modified radical mastectomy. This means that the breast and armpit lymph nodes are removed without any muscle removal. ...Read more

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What is the risk of lymphedema if only the sentinel node was removed during mastectomy?

What is the risk of lymphedema if only the sentinel node was removed during mastectomy?

With a...: mastectomy alone there will be a risk of lymphedema, with removal of a sentinel lymph node that risk goes up slightly (in my opinion probably negligible). So it's the mastectomy itself that increased your risk. Follow-up with your docs to detect it early. Remember post-op it will be normal to have some swelling. Hope that helped. ...Read more

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During a preventation total/simple mastectomy, do I need some sort of documentation to prove cancer in my family?

Not sure I..: ...Understand your question. If you are having a risk reduction mastectomy, i would assume you have a mutation in brca or other high risk gene, a very strong family history, or some other risk factor that elevates your risk to a point where surgery is justifiable. I would assume this decision was approved by the surgeon after a thorough risk assessment and that should be documentation enough. Of.. ...Read more

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I had bilat. mastectomy last Nov. On non cancer side path. stated" perivascular chronic inflammation". Could that cause problem during the surgery?

I had bilat. mastectomy last Nov. On non cancer side path. stated" perivascular chronic inflammation". Could that cause problem during the surgery?

Likely not: This is likely a chronic thing. This may be precancerous development. You need to see the doctor that did the surgery and have the surgeon talk to the pathologist. If there is no cancer there is no cancer. The chronic vascular phenomena may be just that and no more. Get peace of mind also if you talk to your cancer doctor. Should not cause a problem during surgery. Best wishes ...Read more