A mastectomy means that much of the breast skin and all the breast tissue is removed.

If appropriate a new breast and nipple can be reconstructed, ideally at the time of surgery. If reconstruction is not performed a flat scar overlying the chest wall will be the result and an external prosthesis can be worn inside the bra.

Lymph node dissection is usually performed at the same time but this is not always necessary. You should plan on a hospital stay of one to three nights.