Mastectomy – Partial

DEFINITION

Removal of a lump from the female breast that is known or suspected to be cancerous. It is the least invasive procedure for breast cancer surgery and leaves the breast looking normal. Be sure you understand the rationale for any recommended procedure, the risks and benefits involved and any possible alternative treatments. Surgeries to treat breast cancer are controversial and vary considerably.

REASONS FOR PROCEDURE
Cancer or suspected cancer of the breast.

RISK INCREASES WITH

  • Obesity; smoking; stress.
  • Poor nutrition.
  • 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, including: narcotics; psychedelics; hallucinogens; marijuana; sedatives; hypnotics; or cocaine.

DESCRIPTION OF PROCEDURE

  • A general anesthetic is administered by injection and inhalation with an airway tube placed in the windpipe.
  • An incision is made over the lump be removed.
  •  The lump and a small surrounding area of normal tissue are cut free and removed. Bleeding is controlled with ties and electrocauterization.
  • The skin is closed with sutures or clips, which usually can be removed about 1 week after surgery.

EXPECTED OUTCOME

Expect complete healing of the surgical wound. Allow about 2 weeks for recovery from surgery.

POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS

  • Excessive bleeding.
  • Surgical-wound infection.
  • Need for additional surgery (sometimes).

POSTPROCEDURE CARE
GENERAL MEASURES

  • A hard ridge form along the incision. As it heals, the ridge will recede gradually.
  • Use an electric heating pad, a heat lamp or a warm compress to relieve incisional pain.
  • Bathe and shower as usual.

ACTIVITY

  • To help recovery and aid your well-being, resume daily activities, including work, as soon as you are able. Most regular activities can be resumed within 2 weeks.
  • Avoid vigorous exercise for 4 weeks after surgery.
  • Resume driving 1 week after returning home.