Skin Sparing Mastectomy

Last Modified: February 27, 2005

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Question

Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"
What is your opinion of skin sparing mastectomy? Is there any sensation left?

Answer

Don LaRossa, MD, Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, responds:

Skin sparing mastectomy is excellent for many patients who are suitable candidates. Your surgeon can review the options with you to determine whether you would be a suitable candidate. It would not spare the nipple and areola and hence, sensation would be lost. Indeed, the mastectomy itself usually results in significant alterations in sensation.


News
Low Complication Rate for Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy

Feb 4, 2013 - Nipple-sparing mastectomy with microsurgical breast reconstruction can be safely performed for select patients, according to a study published in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.



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