Mastectomy Risk Factors
Alternate Names for Mastectomy:
Surgery for breast cancer
Surgery to remove a breast
Surgical removal, breast
Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a mastectomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
- Bleeding and bruising
- Seroma (accumulation of clear fluid in the wound)
- Swelling of the arm caused by accumulation of fluid in lymph nodes ( lymphedema )
- Limited arm and shoulder movement
- Numbness of skin on upper arm
- Pain after the procedure (burning, stabbing pain where breast was removed)
Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Recent or chronic illness
- Use of certain medicines or dietary supplements
Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the surgery.
Learn what the procedure is. Find out how it is performed.
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
Learn about possible complications and what might increase the risk of them.
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
Call Your Doctor
What to look out for and when to call your doctor after a procedure has been done.