Hospital IMED Levante
The procedure involves removing the breast and, in some cases, the nipple and areola, the lymph nodes under the arm and all or some of the pectoral muscles. This depends on each case.
Mastectomy is performed under general anesthesia and usually takes about two to three hours.
The patient must be in the hospital for one or two days, depending on the characteristics of the operation.
After mastectomy breast can be reconstructed with a prosthesis or own tissue.
BEFORE THE PROCEDURE
Patients should undergo a preliminary test to evaluate the specific characteristics of their intervention.
Furthermore, they must undergo a standard preoperative study that includes blood tests, electrocardiogram, etc.
Also, if they have any chronic illness or regularly take medications, especially anticoagulants, they should inform the surgeon before surgery.
AFTER THE PROCEDURE:
Sometimes the patients leave the hospital with chest drains. They have to return to the hospital to remove them after a few days.
Patients may experience pain in the area of intervention that will disappear in a few days. It is common the development of seromas or fluid accumulations in the area of the mastectomy.