You are now leaving the Breast Reconstruction Matters site.
Links to other sites are provided as a convenience to users. These sites are not affiliated with LifeCell™, and LifeCell™ accepts no responsibility for their content. These sites may contain content that references individuals who are affiliated with LifeCell™. Click 'Ok' to continue or click 'Cancel' to remain on this site.
Many women choose breast reconstruction after a modified radical mastectomy. A modified radical mastectomy is the most common procedure when complete breast tissue needs removal. A single incision across the breast enables the surgeon to remove the entire breast, including the skin, nipple and areola, the lining over the chest wall muscles, and the lymph nodes in the armpit (which the surgeon examines to determine if the cancer has spread beyond the breast tissue.)
However, in a modified radical mastectomy, the underlying chest wall muscles remain intact. This is not the case with a radical mastectomy, during which chest wall muscles are removed.
This type of mastectomy is usually recommended for women with a large tumor, smaller size breasts or where the cancer has already spread to the lymph nodes.
Numbness in the upper arm, resulting from the loss of small nerves where lymph nodes are removed, may occur. The numbness may lessen over time.
Without breast reconstruction, a modified radical mastectomy may be completed in approximately two to three hours and usually requires a one to two-night hospital stay. Your personal treatment plan will be determined by your surgeon. Post mastectomy breast reconstruction (delayed breast reconstruction) is an option after a modified radical mastectomy. Reconstruction at the time of mastectomy (immediate breast reconstruction) may also be an option.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Every patient is different and their reconstruction options and their results
may vary. All depictions on the site are for illustration purposes only. Whether or not you have breast
reconstruction is a decision you need to make in consultation with your physician. Only you and your
physician can determine the best option for you. Please ask your doctor to explain the benefits and
risk of various reconstruction options and whether they are right for you.