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A mastectomy is a form of surgery to remove all breast tissue from a breast as way to treat or prevent breast cancer. A surgeon may also remove lymph nodes during a mastectomy. The type of mastectomy performed will depend on the stage and type of breast cancer you have.
At Dignity Health Cancer Institute of Greater Sacramento, our surgeons are dedicated to providing excellence in surgical precision and quality outcomes. If you would like to learn more about receiving a mastectomy in Sacramento, CA or the surrounding areas, please call 888.800.7688 or Find a Doctor at Dignity Health.
Using advanced techniques and technologies, our experienced surgeons perform the following types of mastectomy:
Your surgeon will discuss the benefits and risk of each procedure with you, including any type of follow-up care you’ll need. We also have a team of trusted nurse navigators to help guide you through your treatment and offer support.
In the days or weeks before your surgery, we will walk you through what to do before your procedure.
Generally, you can take the following steps to prepare for your mastectomy:
Your doctor at Dignity Health Cancer Institute of Greater Sacramento may determine that a mastectomy is the best way to treat your breast cancer. You may also consider a mastectomy to prevent breast cancer if you have a high risk of developing the disease. Risk factors include a family history of the disease or having a gene mutation like BRCA1 or BRCA2.
Typically, the recovery period from mastectomy can take from four to eight weeks, depending on the type of procedure you have, your age, and overall health. Prescribed pain relievers will help keep your pain and discomfort under control.
You may opt to have breast reconstruction after your mastectomy, use a breast prosthetic (a false breast that is slipped into a bra or attached by other means), or be comfortable living “breast-free.” Dignity Health provides access to therapists and support groups for emotional support and comfort as you adjust to life after your mastectomy. If any breast tissue remains, you’ll still need to have regular breast exams and mammograms.