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A radical mastectomy removes the breast, all the axillary nodes and the pectoral muscles. With a modified radical mastectomy the pectoral muscles are not removed. An extended radical mastectomy removes the internal mammary nodes in addition to the standard radical procedure and in a simple mastectomy, the entire breast is removed, leaving the axillary nodes intact. Be sure you understand the rationale for any recommended procedure, the risks and benefits involved and any possible alternative treatments. Breast reconstruction is usually feasible and should be discussed prior to a mastectomy.
MoonDragon's Procedures Information: Types of Mastectomies
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REASONS FOR MASTECTOMY PROCEDURE
Breast Cancer. As a breast cancer prevention for high-risk candidates.
MASTECTOMY RISK FACTORS
These risk factors may increase the chances of complications associated with a mastectomy surgical procedure.
Obesity or poor nutrition. Smoking. Stress. Recent or chronic illness. Use of drugs such as antihypertensives; muscle relaxants; tranquilizers; sleep inducers; insulin; sedatives; beta-adrenergic blockers; or cortisone. Use of mind-altering drugs.
DESCRIPTION OF MASTECTOMY PROCEDURE
A general anesthesia is administered by injection and inhalation with an airway tube placed in the windpipe. An incision is made encompassing the entire breast.
The underlying tissue is cut free and removed in one piece with the lymph glands from the armpit. Bleeding is controlled with sutures and electro-cauterization. A tube is inserted for drainage. The drain is generally removed by your health care provider within the first few days following the procedure. The skin is closed with sutures or surgical clips, which usually can be removed about 1 week after surgery.
MoonDragon's Procedures Information: Types of Mastectomies
MASTECTOMY EXPECTED OUTCOME
Expect complete healing of the surgical wound. Allow about 6 weeks for recovery from the surgery. You may need as long as a year to recover fully, exercising regularly to strengthen remaining arm and chest muscles.
MASTECTOMY POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS
Excessive bleeding. Surgical-wound infection. Depression. Accumulation of blood under the skin in the surgical area. Limited shoulder motion. Lung damage. Nerve damage. Lymphedema in affected arm.
MASTECTOMY POST PROCEDURE CARE
A hard ridge should form along the incision. As it heals the ridge should recede gradually. Use an electric heating pad, a heat lamp or a warm compress to relieve incisional pain. Bathe and shower as usual. You may wash the incision gently with mild unscented soap. Move and elevate your legs often while resting in bed to decrease the likelihood of deep-vein clots. Seek help from friends or family or support groups to help you learn to cope with the emotional feelings. Swelling (edema) can be reduced in the affected arm by elevating it frequently.
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Prescription pain medication should generally only be required for 2 to 7 days following the procedure. You may use non-prescription drugs, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, for minor pain. Stool softener laxative to prevent constipation. Antibiotics to fight infection.
ACTIVITY RECOMMENDATIONS & RESTRICTIONS
To help recovery and aid your well-being, resume daily activities, including work, as soon as you are able. Avoid vigorous exercise for 6 weeks after surgery. Physical therapy and/or special exercises are usually prescribed (to help speed recovery and reduce complications). Resume driving 2 weeks after returning home. Resume sexual relations when able.
DIET & NUTRITION
Clear liquid diet until the gastrointestinal tract functions again. Then eat a well-balanced diet to promote healing.
However, once you are able, you should follow a healthy, balanced nutritional program for a healthy immune system and to assist in a rapid recovery from your surgery.
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NOTIFY YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER
If any of the following occurs:
- Increased pain, swelling, redness, drainage or bleeding in the surgical area.
- Nausea, vomiting or constipation.
- Signs of infection; headache, muscle aches, dizziness or a general ill feeling and fever.
- Redness, warmth, swelling, stiffness or hardness in the affected arm or hand.
- New, unexplained symptoms. Drugs used in treatment may produce side effects.
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