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Offering Many Types of Mastectomy in MA & RI

A mastectomy removes part of or the entire breast to treat or prevent breast cancer. It may also involve removing lymph nodes. The type of mastectomy you have depends on the stage and type of breast cancer, as well as your preference.

At the Southcoast Breast Center, we offer various breast cancer treatments for our patients, including these types of mastectomies:

  • Partial mastectomy (also known as a lumpectomy or segmental mastectomy) removes the cancer and a small area of normal breast tissue around it.
  • Nipple-sparing mastectomy (or subcutaneous mastectomy) removes all or most of the breast tissue under the skin, leaving the nipple and areola intact.
  • Skin-sparing mastectomy, which preserves all of the breast skin, except the nipple and the areola. This technique also avoids making any scars on the breast, which can lead to better results after breast reconstruction.
  • Simple mastectomy (or a total mastectomy) removes the entire breast, including the breast tissue, nipple, areola and skin.
  • Modified radical mastectomy removes the entire breast, including the breast tissue, nipple, areola, skin and underarm lymph nodes.
  • Radical mastectomy removes the entire breast, including breast tissue, nipple, areola, skin, underarm lymph nodes and the chest wall muscles under the breast.

We also work closely with plastic surgery as well as oncology to offer advanced options for plastic and oncoplastic surgery and many other options for breast reconstruction.

Some women are candidates for a combination of lumpectomy and radiation therapy instead of removing the breast. If you have a choice of mastectomy versus lumpectomy combined with radiation, finding a good general surgeon or breast surgeon like those at the Southcoast Breast Center can help you make the right decision for you.

Reasons for a Mastectomy

Although your doctor may recommend a mastectomy to treat breast cancer, it may also be an option for women at high risk for developing breast cancer. This includes women with a strong family history of breast cancer and those who test positive for a gene mutation, such as BRCA1 or BRCA2.

Mastectomy Recovery & What to Expect

Recovery after mastectomy can take from four to eight weeks. You may experience pain and discomfort, but taking your prescribed pain relievers on schedule will help keep the pain under control.

Some women opt to have breast reconstruction after a mastectomy, while others may prefer to use a breast prosthetic. This is a fabricated breast you slip into a bra or attach by other means. Still others are most comfortable living “breast free.”

Regardless of your choice, it will take some time to adjust to a reconstructed breast or the absence of a breast. Many women find comfort in talking with therapists, support groups, and friends and family about the emotional aspects of a mastectomy.

Whether you have undergone a mastectomy or you’re considering your options, let us help you navigate the path ahead. Find a doctor near you today or contact the Southcoast Breast Center directly to schedule a consultation.

The Southcoast Breast Center is a reliable resource for women with breast cancer, offering mastectomy and much more, to patients in Fall River, Dartmouth, Wareham, MA and surrounding areas.