9 doctors weighed in:
Is the radical mastectomy a risky thing to do?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. Christopher Powers
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Christopher Powers
Dr. Christopher Powers
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Usual surgical risks
Every surgery has risks, and a mastectomy would carry those risks whhich include the risk of bleeding and infection.
Mastectomies are relatively common surgeries and the complicaion rate is low.

In brief: Usual surgical risks
Every surgery has risks, and a mastectomy would carry those risks whhich include the risk of bleeding and infection.
Mastectomies are relatively common surgeries and the complicaion rate is low.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Barry Rosen
Radical mastectomy implies removal of chest wall muscles, in addition to the breast and axillary lymph nodes; this is never performed any more, nor has it for more than 30 years. MODIFIED radical mastectomy involves removal of the breast and lymph nodes and is the most common type of mastectomy for breast cancer Rx, at present.
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