Why are you recommending this procedure? What are the options?
What are the risks? How do they compare with the benefits?
How do I prepare for surgery?
What type of anesthesia will I have?
What happens during and right after surgery?
Who do I talk to about breast reconstruction?
How long will I be in the hospital?
Are there any complications?
When can I go back to work and resume normal activities?
What are the risks of lymphedema?
Before surgery, your surgeon should provide:
Specific instructions to follow in the days before surgery
An overview of the surgical procedures
Information about recovery and follow-up care
After surgery, watch for complications such as infection or lymphedema, swelling in your arm or hand. Call your doctor immediately if you see signs of swelling, a build-up of fluid, redness, or other symptoms of infection.
A mastectomy is surgery to remove a breast. In the past, a radical mastectomy with complete removal of the breast was the standard treatment for breast cancer. However, surgical breakthroughs over the past two decades have given women more options than ever before. Less invasive breast-conserving therapy may be equally effective as mastectomy for treating breast cancer for some women.
The type of mastectomy and treatment for breast cancer depends on several key factors, including: