Mastectomy

Monday, January 25, 2016

Mastectomy is the medical term for the surgical removal of one or both breasts, partially or completely. A mastectomy is usually carried out to treat breast cancer. Dr. Edward Hill discusses mastectomy in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Mastectomy is surgery to remove all breast tissue from a breast as a way to treat or prevent breast cancer.

For those with early-stage breast cancer, mastectomy may be one treatment option. Breast-conserving surgery, or lumpectomy, in which only the tumor is removed from the breast, may be another option.

Deciding between mastectomy and lumpectomy can be difficult. Both procedures are equally effective for preventing a recurrence of breast cancer. But lumpectomy isnt an option for everyone with breast cancer, and others prefer to undergo a mastectomy.

Newer mastectomy techniques can preserve breast skin and allow for a more natural breast appearance following the procedure.

Surgery to restore shape to your breast called breast reconstruction may be done at the same time as your mastectomy or during a second operation at a later date.

The results of the pathology report should be available within a week or two after a mastectomy. The report can be explained by the patients physician at a follow-up visit.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.