Mastectomy Treatment & Diagnostics in Chunni Ganj, Kanpur
What is a Mastectomy?
Mastectomy is a surgery that is performed at Apollo Spectra, Kanpur, in women to remove all the tissues of the breast. It is a way to prevent breast cancer. Mastectomy can be one of the treatment options for a woman who is suffering from 1st stage breast cancer.
Why is Mastectomy Done?
A woman who is suffering from breast cancer has to remove one or both breasts, depending on the risk of developing cancer. The removal of one breast is known as unilateral mastectomy and the removal of two breasts is known as bilateral mastectomy.
Which Types of Breast Cancer Can be Treated Through a Mastectomy?
A mastectomy at Apollo Spectra, Kanpur, can be a treatment option for many types of breast cancer, including:
- Dental carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
- 1st and 2nd stage breast cancer
- 3rd stage is advanced-stage breast cancer which is done after chemotherapy
- Inflammatory breast cancer
- Locally recurrent breast cancer
- Paget's disease
How can Mastectomy be Considered to Prevent Breast Cancer?
A mastectomy can also be considered if you don't have breast cancer but have a huge risk of developing it later. A safe mastectomy against breast cancer ensures removal of both the breasts which reduces the chance of inhabiting breast cancer in the future. The other is prophylactic mastectomy which is considered only for those who have a huge risk of breast cancer.
What are the Risks of Mastectomy?
The following are the risks of mastectomy:
- There can be a lot of bleeding.
- Infection can develop at the site of surgery.
- Severe pain may occur.
- Hard scar tissue can be formed at the surgical site.
- Shoulders may become stiff and painful.
- Your arms may become numb.
- Excessive bleeding occurs at the surgical site.
What happens Before a Mastectomy?
Before you get a mastectomy, it is better to consult a doctor and discuss it. They would review your medical history and determine your later procedures. They might also advise you for a breast reconstruction which would involve implantation of breasts using saline and silicone implants or your own body tissues.
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How can you Prepare for a Mastectomy?
- Please stop taking any medicines that would thin your blood, for example, aspirin.
- Talk with your surgeon/ doctor and discuss the medication process and what vitamins you have to take.
- Start preparing for staying at the hospital.
How many types of mastectomy are there?
Mastectomy at Apollo Spectra, Kanpur, can be done in three ways:
- Total mastectomy: It is a type of mastectomy that involves the removal of breasts including the breasts tissues, areola, and nipples.
- Nipple-sparing mastectomy: It is a type of mastectomy done to remove the nipple or areola tissues.
- Skin sparing mastectomy: in this type of mastectomy, the removal of breasts and tissues is done but the skin of the breast is not removed. A biopsy called sentinel lymph node may also be performed. You can also reconstruct your breasts just after doing the mastectomy. It's not suitable for big tumors.
Mastectomy is a surgery that is performed to remove the breasts of women to prevent them from large tumors. They can cause risk factors but can also help in preventing breast tumors. One should always consult a doctor and discuss with them before going for it.
One should rest for 3 to 6 weeks after a mastectomy. One should avoid moving the affected arm so that it doesn't increase the severity of the wound.
You should have the following things at home after mastectomy:
- Drain lanyard for the shower: When the surgery is complete there is a possibility of drainage from your stitches, hence it's highly recommended to have a drain lanyard.
- Shower seat: If you feel very weak after surgery, it's better to get a shower seat.
- Mastectomy pillow: It helps to give you comfort around your arms after surgery.
It is possible to lay on your side, a few weeks after breast surgery. But it also comes with some medical concerns. Hence, you should sleep on your back until you haven’t healed properly.