Mastectomy


If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer please contact us and we can arrange a consultation with one of our Consultant Breast Surgeons to discuss your treatment options. Modern breast cancer treatment includes surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and endocrine therapy. Most patients undergo a combination of some or all of these treatments. At Breast Care Leicester, we will tailor our treatment recommendations to you as an individual, depending on the type of breast cancer, your medical fitness and your wishes and preferences.

Mastectomy is an operation in which the surgeon removes the whole breast, as opposed to breast conserving surgery techniques such as wide local excision or therapeutic mammoplasty. When a mastectomy has to be carried out, it may be possible to carry out breast reconstruction at the same time or at a later date if you wish.
 
Following mastectomy for breast cancer, radiotherapy is sometimes necessary to reduce the chance of breast cancer recurring in the same area in future, but our Consultant Oncologists will advise you on this.

At the same time as your mastectomy, therapeutic mammoplasty or wide local excision, your surgeon may advise sentinel lymph node biopsy or axillary node clearance. Click the links on this page to find out more about the various other types of surgery for breast cancer.

Mastectomy is an operation which can have short- and long-term complications which include bleeding; haematoma; infection; seroma; pain; numbness/altered sensation; nerve or blood vessel injury and scarring.
 
Scarring can take up to two years to mature fully. Some patients find that massaging a scar once it has healed can help to soften it and reduce discomfort. Once your mastectomy scar has healed and all the swelling has resolved, you may be left with an area of loose skin along the scar line, most commonly at the armpit end of the scar. At Breast Care Leicester, we can arrange surgery to excise any excess skin or lipofilling to soften tight scars and bulk out any creases.
Therapeutic mammoplasty
Wide local excision
Sentinel lymph node biopsy
Axillary node clearance
Breast reconstruction