(PRWEB) July 31, 2014
Mastectomy is the removal of the whole breast. There are five different types of mastectomy: "simple" or "total" mastectomy, modified radical mastectomy, radical mastectomy, partial mastectomy, and subcutaneous (nipple-sparing) mastectomy.
"Simple" or "total" mastectomy
Simple or total mastectomy concentrates on the breast tissue itself:
-The surgeon removes the entire breast.
-The surgeon does not perform axillary lymph node dissection (removal of lymph nodes in the underarm area). Sometimes, however, lymph nodes are occasionally removed because they happen to be located within the breast tissue taken during surgery.
-No muscles are removed from beneath the breast.
It can take several weeks to recover from mastectomy surgery, and longer if you have undergone reconstruction. It's critical that you take the necessary time to heal. Here are some guidelines to help you recover at home quickly. To see the full infographic, visit Empowered Doctor.