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Mastectomy

A mastectomy is performed to treat or prevent breast cancer, by surgically removing one or both breasts.

For patients undergoing a mastectomy, a lumpectomy may be considered first as a treatment option. A lumpectomy is the surgical removal of breast tissue that contains the tumor and conserves the remainder of the breast, and is normally followed up with radiation therapy. This may not be an option for all patients, which is why many choose to undergo a mastectomy.

A mastectomy, is the surgical removal of one breast which is referred to as a unilateral mastectomy or both breasts, which is referred to as a bilateral mastectomy. With the advancement of modern techniques, the breast skin can be preserved which can help if undergoing breast reconstruction surgery.

Many patients who undergo a mastectomy may also have a breast reconstruction surgery at the same time, whilst others may wait until after the surgery to undergo reconstruction. Patients who choose to have breast reconstruction surgery at the same time, will normally need to stay in hospital slightly longer than if undergoing the mastectomy without reconstruction.

Patients who have a genetic disposition to having cancer, usually those who have a family history of breast cancer, may choose to undergo a mastectomy as a preventive measure to decrease the risk.

Recommended for
  • Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)/non-invasive breast cancer
  • Early-stage breast cancer
  • Locally advanced breast cancer
  • Inflammatory breast cancer
  • Paget's disease of the breast or locally recurrent breast cancer.
  • Elective mastectomy chosen by patient as a preventive measure if they are currently cancer-free, but at high risk of developing the disease

Time requirements

Number of days in hospital
1 - 3 days . Occasionally a mastectomy can be performed as an outpatient procedure.
Average length of stay abroad
1 - 2 weeks. Patients will need at least one follow up appointment after surgery to have the surgical drains removed.
Mastectomy

A mastectomy is performed when a tumour is found in the breast or as a preventive measure against breast cancer.

Time requirements

Number of days in hospital 1 - 3 days . Occasionally a mastectomy can be performed as an outpatient procedure.
Average length of stay abroad 1 - 2 weeks. Patients will need at least one follow up appointment after surgery to have the surgical drains removed.

Time requirements

Number of days in hospital 1 - 3 days .

Occasionally a mastectomy can be performed as an outpatient procedure.

Average length of stay abroad 1 - 2 weeks.

Patients will need at least one follow up appointment after surgery to have the surgical drains removed.

Mastectomy
A mastectomy is performed when a tumour is found in the breast or as a preventive measure against breast cancer.

Compare Mastectomy prices around the world

Poland $ 2,896
Thailand $ 2,275
Tunisia $ 2,261
India $ 2,250
Mexico $ 1,923

Source: Medigo prices

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How to find quality treatment abroad

Every year, close to 14 million patients travel worldwide for the purpose of receiving medical care. At MEDIGO, we provide our patients with access to the top clinics and doctors around the world. To discover where the best Mastectomy clinics are for you, contact MEDIGO below to talk to us in complete confidence.

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Before Mastectomy abroad

Before the surgery, patients should discuss the surgical options and decide if they want to have breast reconstruction following the procedure, so that the surgeon can plan accordingly. One option may be to have breast reconstruction done immediately after the mastectomy, while anesthetized, although this is not an option for all patients.

Patients with complex conditions may benefit from seeking a second opinion before beginning a treatment plan. A second opinion means that another doctor, usually an expert with a lot of experience, will review the patient’s medical history, symptoms, scans, test results, and other important information, in order to provide a diagnosis and treatment plan. When asked, 45% of US residents who received a second opinion said that they had a different diagnosis, prognosis, or treatment plan. Click here to learn more about how to get a second opinion.

How is it performed

Depending on the case, the surgeon may remove the full breast including the skin by creating an incision around the breast. If it is possible, a skin-sparing surgery can be performed, where the nipple is removed but other skin is preserved, and in some cases it is possible to preserve the nipple.

Sometimes, the surgeon may insert a tissue expander, to keep the skin stretched in preparation for breast reconstruction surgery. The lymph nodes in the armpit may also be removed. Depending on each patient, the breast reconstruction surgery may performed at the same time of the mastectomy.

Anesthesia

Usually general anesthetic.

Procedure duration

The Mastectomy takes 2 to 3 hours.

Mastectomy
An incision is made and the breast tissue is removed, preserving the skin if required.

What to expect after Mastectomy

Post procedure care

The patient will usually spend some time in the recovery unit where blood pressure and breathing is monitored. Once stable, the patient will have their surgical site dressed and bandaged.

Most patients need a serious recovery period after a mastectomy, and should plan to spend several weeks recuperating. Most patients will need to take around 2 to 4 weeks off work.

Possible discomfort

Some discomfort is unavoidable, and patients will be given a set of exercises to keep their arm and shoulders flexible and aid recovery.

In general patients should expect fatigue, pain and discomfort for at least the first week after the procedure.

Important things to know about Mastectomy

Potential risks
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Poor scar tissue formation
  • Shoulder pain and stiffness
  • Numbness, particularly under your arm
  • Hematoma

Compare Mastectomy prices around the world

Poland $ 2,896
Thailand $ 2,275
Tunisia $ 2,261
India $ 2,250
Mexico $ 1,923

Source: Medigo prices

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117 clinics on MEDIGO offer Mastectomy

Sikarin Hospital

Bangkok, Thailand

94

$ 3,306

Bayindir Hospital Icerenkoy

Istanbul, Turkey

$ 5,566

Bangkok Hospital Phuket

Phuket, Thailand

84

$ 6,672

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117 clinics on MEDIGO offer Mastectomy

Sikarin Hospital

Bangkok, Thailand

94

$ 3,306

Bayindir Hospital Icerenkoy

Istanbul, Turkey

$ 5,566

Bangkok Hospital Phuket

Phuket, Thailand

84

$ 6,672

See all Mastectomy clinics

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