Modified Radical Mastectomy

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What is Modified Radical Mastectomy?

Modified radical mastectomy is a surgical procedure to treat breast cancer in which the entire breast is removed including skin, areola, nipple, and most axillary lymph nodes but the pectoralis major muscle is spared. In this way, the surgeon will remove all the cancerous cells thereby preventing it from spreading and also preserve as much breast tissue as possible.

Who usually gets Modified Radical Mastectomy?

Most patients with invasive breast cancer who decide to have mastectomies will receive modified radical mastectomies so that the lymph nodes can be examined. Examining the lymph nodes helps to identify whether cancer cells may have spread beyond the breast.

What to expect before surgery?

Undergoing modified radical mastectomy can be emotionally challenging for the patients. Dr. Monika, a specialized breast & gynaecological oncosurgeon, will counsel the patient before the surgery regarding the changes in the body that will happen. It is important to weigh the costs and benefits of all potential treatment before coming to a decision.
She will begin by drawing marks around the breast and across the chest. These marks act as guidelines for her when she’ll make incisions.

What happens during MRM?

The surgeon will make an incision on one side of the chest and gently pull the skin back to reveal the breast tissue. She will remove the breast tissue and the axillary lymph nodes that are under the arm. Finally, the surgeon will insert thin tubes to drain any excess fluid from the breast area and then close the incision site.
If the team of doctors undertakes reconstruction immediately, either a tissue expander or permanent implant is placed in the pocket before they close the skin incision. Sometimes a patient’s own tissues are used to build a breast after mastectomy. The removed lymph nodes will be sent for testing to check the signs of cancer.

After MRM

There could be some complications after modified radical mastectomy like bleeding, infection, pain, swelling, or tenderness near the incision site, swelling in the arm, decreased range of motion and scarring. Patient can usually expect to stay in the hospital for 2 days or fewer after a mastectomy.
If the patient is undergoing breast reconstruction at the same time, they may have to stay longer; anywhere from 2 days for an implant up to a week for reconstruction with the patient’s own tissue.
A rehabilitation specialist will teach the patient some exercises that can be done at home to prevent shoulder stiffness during healing process. Patient should get plenty of rest to avoid fatigue and carefully take care of the incision site as counseled by the surgeon.

Book Appointments at an Area Near You

Dr. Monika Pansari conducts consultation at below locations

BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals

67, Uttarahalli Main Rd, Sunkalpalya, 
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560060

Acura Speciality Hospital

No. 105, 5th Block, 17th C Main Road, KHB Colony , Koramangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560095

Our Happy Patient

Dr Monika is awesome!! Not only is she an excellent surgeon but most importantly to us as patient and caregiver, she has been warm, empathetic, and very supportive. She has always made time to answer our questions and been encouraging throughout my wife's cancer journey. We are very grateful to her.
Ajay Nangalia
My mom was suffering with endometric carcinoma. Dr Monica guided us with a right treatment and operated my moms surgery successfully. She was available to answer our queries after the surgey as well. She was sweet and helped us curing the disease. Really happy with the service.
Neelufar N.S

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