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Mastectomy surgery refers to the procedure of surgically removing one or both of the breasts, either partially or completely. Mastectomy surgery or breast removal surgery is usually performed in order to treat breast cancer. In some cases the procedure is done preventively or simply in order to remove cancerous tissue from the breast area.

Lumpectomy surgery is very similar to mastectomy surgery. During the lumpectomy procedure, a smaller amount of breast tissue, usually containing a tumour is excised from the breast area. This procedure aims to conserve the breast or as much of it as physically possible.

Lumpectomy surgery and mastectomy surgery are local therapies used to treat breast cancer, meaning that these procedures target a specific area containing a tumour, as opposed to systemic therapies such as immunotherapy or chemotherapy.

Mastectomy surgery or breast removal surgery is a though choice for anyone, especially women. The decision to have the procedure or not is usually based on a large number of factors, including:

● The size of the breast
● The number of lesions
● The stage of the cancer
● Availability of other therapies or treatment
● The patient’s will

It’s worthy to note that radical mastectomy surgery cannot fully prevent secondary tumours from forming later on.

Mastectomy Candidates

Mastectomy surgery or breast removal surgery is recommended for the following groups of individuals:

● Patients that have had radiation therapy on the affected breast
● Patients with 2 or more tumours that are too far apart to be excised with one incision
● Patients that already had lumpectomy surgery but it did not succeed in removing all the cancerous tissue
● Individuals suffering from connective tissue disease such as scleroderma
● Pregnant women that require radiation therapy while pregnant
● Women with large tumours, compared to the size of the breasts
● Males with breast cancer

Am I Suitable for Mastectomy?

Mastectomy surgery or breast removal surgery is not recommended for patients suffering from advanced breast cancer that is inoperable.

Preparing for Mastectomy

Patients will meet with their doctor and discuss any details regarding the mastectomy surgery. Most patients will first have a mammogram done before the mastectomy surgery itself. Herbal teas and blood thinners are prohibited at least 2 weeks before the breast removal surgery. Patients need to quit smoking before the procedure as well.

How is Mastectomy Performed?

The patient will be put under anaesthesia delivered through an IV line. Anaesthesia will be administered and once the patient falls asleep, the procedure can begin.

The surgeon will then begin creating an incision around the tumour before removing it. If a radical mastectomy is performed, the whole breast will be removed.

The incision site is then wrapped in bandages, snugly around the chest area. Drains may also be applied in order to remove any unwanted liquids and facilitate the healing process. The patient will be required to remain in hospital for 1-2 nights before being released.

Mastectomy Summary

Anesthesia

General anesthetic

Hospital Stay

Patient is required to stay 1 night in the hospital

Back to Work

1 week

Duration of Operation

Between 2 to 3 hours

Minimum Stay

1 to 2 weeks

Back to Sports

3 - 4 weeks

Mastectomy Recovery

Patients can resume work and normal activities in a few weeks from the mastectomy surgery. Strenuous activities should be avoided for 3-4 weeks. The doctor will provide patients with instructions on how to cope with the recovery period. The doctor may also recommend some exercises which can prove beneficial during the recovery period. Overdoing these exercises may result in further injury or complications.

Mastectomy Risks and Complications

Breast removal surgery or mastectomy surgery risks and complications include:

● Bleeding
● Wound infection
● Hardness due to scar tissue
● Phantom breast pain
● Seroma
● Scarring

Mastectomy Side Effects

Breast removal surgery or mastectomy surgery side effects include:

● Pain
● Numbness
● Tingling sensations
● Swelling
● Bruising around the incision area

Mastectomy Success Rates

Mastectomy surgery reviews set the average treatment success rate at 78%, five years after the procedure is performed.

Before and After Mastectomy

Patients need to see their surgeon for a checkup in a week or two after the surgery. Cancer tests are also in order after the procedure. Some patients may also experience depression and a loss of sexual identity after mastectomy surgery but breast reconstruction surgery is an option in these cases.

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Ethica Incirli Hospital

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Pataki Plastic Surgery

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Mastectomy Cost

Average Mastectomy costs are € 4,546, based on Mastectomy prices from 11 clinics. Cheapest Mastectomy cost is € 1,635 where Mastectomy prices can go up to € 9,500.

Mastectomy prices vary greatly depending on the clinic and the location. For example, Mastectomy in Turkey is a popular option where Mastectomy costs as low as € 2,504. You can also find Mastectomy clinics in Hungary starting from € 9,500.

Please note that the Mastectomy prices listed on FlyMedi are the average price for Mastectomy procedures. Clinics may ask you to provide them with specific information about your medical condition in order to provide you a detailed cost estimate for Mastectomy procedures. To receive a personalized Mastectomy quote, please click HERE.

Mastectomy FAQ

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Are there any alternatives to mastectomy surgery?

Yes, in some cases lumpectomy surgery can be successfully performed.

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How soon can I undergo breast reconstruction after the mastectomy surgery is complete?

Patients can undergo a breast reconstruction procedure immediately after the mastectomy surgery is complete, but this is not always the case. Some patients may have to wait until the cancer is eliminated completely.

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Can breast reconstruction surgery have a negative effect on cancer treatment?

No, breast reconstruction surgery has no ill effect on any cancer treatments.