Simple Mastectomy

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PRE-PROCEDURE
INDICATIONS
  • Prophylactic contralateral simple mastectomy may be indicated in those patients with a high risk of bilaterality or who cannot reliably be screened.
  • If the risk for undetected or underestimated invasive breast cancer (IBC) is sufficiently high, consider a sentinel lymph node biopsy before removal of the breast.
  • Lumpectomy and axillary staging and final pathology has revealed positive margins, patients later develop a local recurrence, and patients who desire a mastectomy
  • Refractory gynecomastia (males)
CONTRAINDICATIONS
  • Inflammatory or invasive cancer and possible axillary lymphadenectomy for which the results will make a difference in the treatment plan
EQUIPMENT
  • Scalpel
  • Electrocautery
  • Dilators: Pratt or Hager
  • Small towel clips or rakes
  • 19 Fr Blake drain
  • 3.0 nonabsorbable suture
  • 4.0 Vicryl running stitch
ANATOMY
  • The borders of the simple mastectomy

PROCEDURE
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POST-PROCEDURE
CARE
  • The patient usually requires an overnight hospital stay but patients with comorbid conditions or who underwent bilateral reconstruction may require longer stays.
  • Instruct the patient to keep her elbow at the side.
  • Remove the drain after 7 days if the drainage is less than 30 mL.
COMPLICATIONS
  • Hematomas
  • A significant amount of skin may have to be taken, making a simple closure impossible.
  • Loss of flap viability
  • Pneumothorax
  • Leaking drain
  • Seroma
  • Infected or uninfected flap necrosis
  • Cellulitis
  • Neurapraxia
  • Nerve transection
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