Font Size
A
A
A
...
6
...

Mastectomy (cont.)

Risks

Most women recover with no complications; however, as with any surgery, risks are involved.

The risks of any surgery include infection, bleeding, those risks associated with general anesthesia (for example, heart and lung problems), and reaction to medications.

Risks specifically related to the mastectomy itself are numbness of the breast skin and necrosis (tissue death) of the breast skin. The numbness requires no treatment. Necrosis of the skin may require a return to the operating room for revision of the scar.

Risks specifically related to mastectomy in which the lymph nodes in the armpit (axillary lymph nodes) are removed include swelling of the arm (called lymphedema) and possible injury to the nerves in the armpit area.

Medical Author:

Must Read Articles Related to Mastectomy

Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer Breast cancer is cancer arising in breast tissue. Cancer is simply a group of abnormal cells that have abnormal growth patterns. Although breast cancer is...learn more >>
Breast Reconstruction
Breast Reconstruction Breast reconstruction is surgery to restore the breast of women after mastectomy (removal of the breast). Breast reconstruction may involve implants or using th...learn more >>
Cancer: What You Need to Know
Cancer: What You Need to Know The news comes like a sledgehammer into the stomach: "I'm sorry to tell you, but you have cancer." Every year, a million Americans are devastated by news of can...learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Mastectomy:

Mastectomy - Causes

What was the cause of you needing a mastectomy?





Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Breast Cancer »

Breast cancer is the most common cancer and the second most common cause of death from cancer in women.

Read More on Medscape Reference »


Medical Dictionary