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Breast Removal Techniques

May 6, 2008
Breast reduction is the common procedure people with oversized breasts turn to. The procedure rids them of the figurative and literal heavy burden they have to carry on a daily basis. The process eliminates several problems such as bad posture, skin rashes, skeletal deformities, as well as psychological and emotional trauma.

However, breast reduction is no longer applicable to people who have a high risk of developing breast cancer as much as to the people already suffering from it. The only way to eliminate the threat is to undergo the process of mastectomy, or breast removal which is basically the partial complete removal of the breast. There are a number of forms of mastectomy which will be discussed below:

Radical mastectomy, also known as total mastectomy is a process that completely removes the breast. This form of mastectomy is the preferred method of completely eliminating threats of breast cancer development. Radical mastectomy has been practiced for quite some time now and has saved countless lives. In this process, as the name suggests, involves the complete removal of every part of the breast. This means that the muscles, lymph nodes, and the breast mass are removed.

Other types of breast removal procedures are quadrantectomy and lumpectomy. In quadrantectomy, only a quarter of the breast is removed, preserving the area that has not been infected. This can be done by with or without removing some of the axillary lymph nodes. Lumpectomy, on the other hand, removes only the tumor and the small area of normal tissue surrounding it.

Obviously mastectomy is a permanent process. Before undergoing this procedure, a patient must consult with a doctor to fully understand the process, the benefits, and the risks before undergoing the operation. In this way, the patient is well prepared for whatever will happen after the procedure. Preparation for mastectomy is very important not only because it can save lives but also it is something that the patient will have to live with for the rest of his or her life.
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