A Mastectomy is a breast cancer surgery, in which the breast is removed, most or all of the lymph nodes under the arm and the lining of the chest muscles. Sometimes, the surgeon also removes part of the muscles of the chest wall.
Surgery is done under general anesthesia, and requires a hospital stay.
The surgery itself takes about 2-3 hours.
The breast tissue and lymph nodes that are removed will be sent to a pathology clinic to have it tested.
Dissolvable stitches will be put in, which do not require removal.
Be taken to a recovery room where your blood pressure, pulse and breathing are monitored. Have a dressing (bandage) over the surgery site. You will feel some discomfort, numbness and a pinching sensation in your underarm area.
Receive instructions on how to care for yourself at home, including taking care of your incision and drains, recognizing signs of infection, and understanding activity restrictions. Always and only follow your surgeons instructions.
You will have to resting for up to 3 weeks, and afterward you can speak to the surgeon about returning to your daily routine.