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Mastectomy in Turkey

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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


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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Istanbul, Turkey
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Medical Park Bahcelievler Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
JCI - Joint Commission International EMBT - European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation ISCT - International Society for Cellular Therapy
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Florence Nightingale Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey
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Optimed Hospital

Tekirdağ, Turkey
ISO 9001:2008 - International Organization for Standardization
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Medical Park Goztepe Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
3 reviews
JCI - Joint Commission International EMBT - European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation ISCT - International Society for Cellular Therapy
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Acibadem Maslak Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
9 reviews
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Erdem Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
1 review
ISO 9001:2000 - International Organization for Standardization
FROM€ 3,200
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Medical Park Ankara Hospital

Ankara, Turkey
4 reviews
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Ethica Incirli Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
15 reviews
TTB - Turkish Medical Association
FROM€ 2,504
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Medical Park Antalya Hospital

Antalya, Turkey
11 reviews
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Medipol Mega University Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
7 reviews
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Medical Park Gaziosmanpasa Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
14 reviews
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Mastectomy Cost in Turkey

Cheapest Mastectomy price in Turkey is € 2,504. Average Mastectomy cost in Turkey is € 2,901 where prices can go as high as € 3,200.

With FlyMedi, you can connect with 12 General Surgery centers in Turkey that are offering Mastectomy procedures. These General Surgery centers are accredited by international standard-setting bodies including JCI and CIBMTR. Popular Mastectomy destinations in Turkey include Istanbul, Ankara and Antalya.

Prices listed on this page are the average price for Mastectomy. Clinics may require more details regarding your medical condition in order to provide you with a personalized Mastectomy quote. For a more accurate Mastectomy price quote, please click HERE.


Turkey is a treasure trove of traditions, spices, street food delights and destinations for any intrepid tourist. It’s a mix between the familiar and the exotic, ranging from the bustling streets of Istanbul to the serene and relaxed Roman ruins spread around Turkey’s Western and Southern coast. Turkey is a fairly large country with 75 million inhabitants. The country spreads between Europe and Asia, with 97% of the country on the Asian side – Asian Turkey. Turkey is encircled and enjoys access to three different seas: The Black Sea, The Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean. Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and the largest city in Europe, regarding population – It has over 14 million people.


Turkey’s medical infrastructure has improved greatly beginning with the early 2000s and now is one of the biggest medical tourism hubs in Europe and Asia. Turkey has the largest number of JCI-accredited hospitals, second only to the USA and hospitals are more often than not part of international healthcare groups, following strict European protocols and regulations. Turkey has 28.000 medical institutions spread across the European and Asian side but some of the biggest private hospitals and medical centres are in Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya and Bodrum – these also happen to be some of the best tourist destinations in Turkey.

Sights to See

Bodrum is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey, with its sandy beaches and small streets littered with traditional shops and elegant restaurants. The town used to be called Halicarnassus, and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus is one of the World’s Seven Ancient Wonders. Bodrum also features a castle built by the crusaders in the 15th century.

Istanbul is the home of several architectural treasures, including the Blue Mosque. The Blue Mosque was built on the orders of Sultan Ahmed between 1609 and 1616 and the Sultan’s body still resides within the mosque. The high ceiling is lined with more than 20000 handmade ceramic tiles, hence the name – The Blue Mosque.

Pamukkale, meaning “The Cotton Castle” in Turkish is a surreal destination in the country’s western region of Denizli, world renowned for its white terraces with warm spring water. The ancient Greek city of Hierapolis was built over the springs and Pamukkale was a renowned destination in antiquity as well. Tourists can visit the ancient Roman and Greek ruins of the baths, temples and theatres dating to the second century BC.

Things to Know

● If you don’t feel like waiting in a queue, you can get a VISA for Turkey online. The VISA usually costs around $20 for US travellers.

● Turkey’s population is predominantly Islamic so it’s a good idea to wear a headscarf while visiting mosques. Shorts or any other garments that fit under the knee are not prohibited by law but it’s considered good etiquette not to wear shorts for men or short skirts for women.

● You can change any sort of currency into the Turkish Lira – the Turkish currency just about everywhere. Most supermarkets and shops also accept credit cards.

● Roaming fees in Turkey can be somewhat expensive, so it’s a good idea to simply buy a new Turkish SIM card and use it while staying in Turkey.

● Turkey’s international calling code is +90.

● Electrical installations usually operate on 220 volts, 50 Hz and use European style plugs and European style sockets. Four and Five star hotels usually provide North American - 120 volts, 60 Hz sockets as well.

● Driving in Turkey can be a hassle sometimes, but very pleasurable at other times. Roads are usually in good shape and some roads actually lack traffic, so it can be a relaxing experience. In Turkey, people drive on the right, so that’s a detail you will need to keep in mind. In some areas, villagers made cardboard and marker pen signs in order to help lost tourist on their way.

● Renting a car in Turkey is quite simple and cheap. If you have the budget for a full insurance, you should definitely take it – if anything happens, at least you won’t have to worry about money.

● The Turkish Airlines Company, THY offers destinations to just about anywhere in the world with a total of 261 destinations. The company was founded in 1933 and features 285 passenger and cargo planes.

● Turkey uses the metric system which is easy enough to understand – 1 Km = 1000 meters, 1 Kg = 1000 grams, and so on. One mile equals 1.60 Km.

● Turkish people are warm and very hospitable - It is customary for people to hug and kiss both cheeks regardless of their gender.

● Turkish street food is very diverse, from the simple bagel-type snack Simit to the familiar pizza-type Lahmacun, there are tons of variants to just about anything. 

● Turkish coffee is world renowned, but it’s also a bit different than say, its American counterpart -  It is usually a strong coffee with a rich aroma, served very hot from a small traditional cup. Be careful not to drink any of the coffee grounds still in the cup.

● Turkish delight, as the name suggests, can be a really sweet delight for tourists. It is made from sugar, starch and just about any fruit or aroma imaginable, including walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, dates, lemon, orange, rosewater and many others. Turkish delight is usually served with coffee and it became popular all around the world, including in the Balkans region and as far as Brazil and North America.

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Mastectomy FAQ

Are there any alternatives to mastectomy surgery?

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

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.

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

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