Nipple Sparing Mastectomy

Overview

In this type of mastectomy, the surgeon removes the cancerous breast tissue and leaves the skin and nipple intact. This type of surgery is often used for smaller tumors that have not spread to the lymph nodes.

There are several benefits to this type of surgery, including a shorter recovery time and a lower risk of infection. Additionally, this type of mastectomy preserves the natural shape of the breast.

Everything You Need To Know Nipple Sparing Mastectomy

Benefits of Nipple Sparing Mastectomy

There are several potential benefits to having a nipple-sparing mastectomy, including:

  1. Maintaining the natural appearance of your breasts
  2. Preserving sensation in your nipples and breast skin
  3. Reducing the risk of developing capsular contracture, a condition where scar tissue around the implant hardens and squeezes the implant
  4. Allowing for easier future breast reconstruction, if needed

Drawbacks of Nipple Sparing Mastectomy

Nipple-sparing mastectomies are not an option for everyone. In some cases, the nipple and areola may need to be removed due to the location or size of the tumor. Additionally, this type of surgery is not recommended for women who have large breasts, are obese, or have had previous breast surgery.

Nipple-sparing mastectomies also carry a slightly higher risk of cancer returning in the nipple and areola area. For this reason, it’s important to discuss the risks and benefits of this type of surgery with your doctor before making a decision.

When is nipple-sparing mastectomy used?

Nipple-sparing mastectomy is most often used to treat early-stage breast cancer. However, it may also be an option for some women with larger tumors who are not suitable for a lumpectomy.

Nipple-sparing mastectomy may also be an option for women with a strong family history of breast cancer, as it can help reduce the risk of developing the disease.

How Nipple Sparing Mastectomy Is Performed?

Nipple-sparing mastectomies are typically performed using general anesthesia. First, an incision is made around the areola (the dark area surrounding the nipple). The nipple and areola are then removed along with the underlying breast tissue. In some cases, only a portion of the breast tissue is removed.

After the breast tissue is removed, the incisions are closed with stitches. A drain may also be placed beneath the skin to help remove any excess fluid. This procedure usually takes 1-3 hours to complete.

Recovery After Nipple Sparing Mastectomy

Most women stay in the hospital for 1-2 days after a nipple-sparing mastectomy. You may have some pain and swelling after the surgery, but this can be controlled with medication. Most women can return to their normal activities within 4-6 weeks.

It’s important to avoid strenuous activity and lifting heavy objects during your recovery. You should also avoid putting any pressure on your breasts, such as wearing a bra or lying on your stomach.

Your doctor will likely recommend that you have regular follow-up appointments to check for any signs of cancer returning. You may also need mammograms and breast MRIs as part of your long-term follow-up care.

Nipple Sparing Mastectomy Risks and Complications

As with any surgery, there are some risks associated with nipple-sparing mastectomy. These include infection, bleeding, and a reaction to anesthesia. Additionally, there is a small risk of cancer returning in the nipple area. 

To avoid the risks of complications, it’s better to choose a surgeon experienced in performing this surgery. Also, remember to follow all of your doctor’s instructions for faster recovery.

Nipple-sparing mastectomy is a relatively new procedure, so long-term risks and complications are unknown. However, this type of surgery is considered safe and effective for most women.

If you’re considering nipple-sparing mastectomy, it’s important to discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. This will help you make an informed decision about whether this type of surgery is right for you.

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