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Many women consider breast reconstruction after a simple or total mastectomy. In this type of mastectomy, a single incision across the breast enables the surgeon to remove the entire breast, including the skin, nipple, and areola, while lymph nodes located outside the breast tissue and surrounding muscle are left intact.
This type of mastectomy is usually recommended for women with multiple or large areas of ductal carcinoma in situ in the breast, and for women seeking prophylactic mastectomy.
Without breast reconstruction, a simple mastectomy may be completed in approximately two hours -- either on an outpatient basis, or requiring a one- to two-night hospital stay – your personal treatment plan will be determined by your surgeon.
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.