Mastectomy

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Breast, showing outline of incision around breast for mastectomy.

Mastectomy is surgery to remove the whole breast, including nipple and skin. The cut (incision) to remove the breast tissue can be made in several ways.

Current as of: May 4, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Laura S. Dominici MD - General Surgery, Breast Surgical Oncology




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