Mastectomy Topic Guide
Mastectomy: A mastectomy is a procedure to remove a woman's entire breast -- and sometimes underlying muscle and lymph node tissure -- in the hopes of eradicating breast cancers. There are different types of mastectomies, including types that preserve nipple tissue in the interest of breast reconstruction and prophylactic mastectomies that are performed before any cancer is dectected. Plastic surgeons can aid in breast reconstruction if a woman chooses to undergo the additional procedures.
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 the woman's own tissue. A surgeon may perform breast augmentation or require breast reduction to achieve symmetry. Complications include infection and shape irregularities.
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