A mastectomy is the removal of all the breast tissue. Some high-risk women get a mastectomy to prevent breast cancer. Women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) in multiple areas in the breasts or with tumors bigger than 5 centimeters are also candidates for a mastectomy.

What to Expect

Before the mastectomy you will have all necessary tests run and your doctor will go over your medical history.

The day of surgery you will be prepped for surgery in the pre-operative area. A surgery specialist will draw markings on your breast to guide the surgeon through the surgery.

During the surgery the surgeon will remove all of your breast tissue. When the surgery is over, you will be sent to the recovery room and then when your vitals are stable you will be sent to your hospital room.

Before leaving the hospital you will be taught how to care for your incisions and given some breast exercises to prevent stiffness. Recovery will continue at home for the next couple of months.

The results from your surgery will take a few days. A pathologist will examine the breast tissue and will send the results to your doctor. Your doctor and you will then decide on a breast cancer treatment plan.

Possible Complications

The following are some risks associated with having a mastectomy.

  • Crawling sensation in the breast
  • Numbness
  • Fluid collecting
  • Fatigue
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Possible complications
  • Infection
  • Scar tissue formation

To speak to a breast cancer treatment specialist or to schedule an appointment, call the Christian Hospital Breast Health Center at 877.747.9355 or email us.