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    Modified Radical Mastectomy

    After a Modified Radical Mastectomy

    After your surgery, you’ll stay in the hospital for one or two nights. Thin plastic tubes will be placed in your breast area and attached to small suction devices to drain any fluid. You’ll need to keep these drains in for about a week. The hospital staff will show you how to care for them until your follow-up visit with the doctor.

    Your doctor will prescribe medication for any pain you feel after surgery. After a week or two, you can usually treat your discomfort with over-the-counter pain relievers.

    There’s a good chance that you’ll feel tired after your surgery. Try to take a break and rest during the 2 weeks following your surgery.

    Depending on the size of your tumor and whether the cancer has spread to your lymph nodes, your doctor might recommend that you have radiation after your surgery. This helps kill any remaining cancer cells.

    Keep in mind, not all women can have a modified radical mastectomy, and there are many surgical options for breast cancer. Your doctor will recommend an operation for you based on the size of the tumor, its stage (which tells how far it has spread), and its grade (how aggressive it is). Your age, overall health, and personal preferences will help you decide which surgery is right for you.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Sujana Movva, MD on June 28, 2015
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