Categories of Q&A
Prevention
Risk
Genetics & Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer in Men
Myths
Signs & Symptoms
Breast Cancer Screening
Diagnosis
Treatment
Side Effects
Side Effects on Sex & Intimacy
Integrative & Alternative Medicine
Health for Women
Q&A for Survivors
 The magazine on:

  • Women's health
     
  • Breast health
     
  • Breast cancer
Read for free.
Click here.


Potential Complications From Mastectomy  

What are the potential complications associated with a mastectomy?

All types of surgery have the following potential complications:

  • Infection

  • Adverse reaction to general anesthesia. Serious consequences of this complication are very rare (e.g., 1 death in 200,000 surgeries).


  • The potential main complications that are specifically associated with a mastectomy surgery include:

  • Tenderness of the area next to the incision, because several nerves were cut during the surgery. Usually, the tenderness subsides as the nerves grow back.


  • Skin numbness along the incision site, because several nerves were cut during the surgery.


  • Collection of fluid under the scar. The collection of fluid may be one of two types: hematoma or seroma. A hematoma is an accumulation of blood in the wound. A seroma is an accumulation of clear fluid in the wound. If collection of fluid under the scar has occurred, your surgeon may need to remove the fluid with a needle and syringe.


  • Delayed healing of the wound. During mastectomy, the blood vessels that supply your breast tissue are cut, which can make it harder for your body to heal at the incision site. Rarely, there may not be enough blood flow to the flaps of an incision, which can cause small areas of skin to wither and scab. In certain instances, your surgeon may need to trim these scabs on the skin.



  • Questions Related to Potential Complications From Mastectomy
    What are the potential complications associated with a lumpectomy?
    What is lymphedema?
    Who is at risk for lymphedema?
    Is there anything I can do to prevent lymphedema?
    What is a compression sleeve?
    What are the side effects of radiation therapy?
    Is there anything I can do to help alleviate skin irritation during radiation therapy?
    What are telangiectasias?
    Is there anything I can do to feel less tired after radiation therapy?
    Will radiation therapy make me feel nauseous or cause vomiting?
    If I have radiation therapy, will I still be able to have children?
    What are the side effects of chemotherapy?
    Are there any side effects with tamoxifen?
    Is there anything I can do to help with the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy and pain medications?
    Is there anything I can do to help control the diarrhea from chemotherapy?
    Is there anything I can do to help prevent or treat the mouth sores from chemotherapy?
    What can I do to keep from getting an infection during my chemotherapy treatments?
    Does Herceptin cause heart failure?
    Iím having chemotherapy. Is it okay to have the dental work done that I need?
    How do I deal with hair loss from the chemotherapy?
    Where can I buy a wig?
    Can I exercise while being treated for breast cancer and during the recovery period?
    I am going to have chemotherapy as part of my treatment for breast cancer. What is the side effect called, "chemo brain," and how long does it last?
    I am undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer and feel very tired. Is there anything I can do to have more energy?
    What is an anti-emetic? How do they work?
    What is Zofran? How does it work?
    What is ondansetron? How does it work?
    Do anthracycline drugs cause heart problems? If so, is there anything that can be done to reduce the risk of heart problems if you are receiving an anthracycline drug for treatment of breast cancer?
    Does doxorubicin cause heart problems? If so, is there anything that can be done to reduce the risk of heart problems if you are receiving doxorubicin for treatment of breast cancer?
    Does Adriamycin cause heart problems? If so, is there anything that can be done to reduce the risk of heart problems if you are receiving Adriamycin for treatment of breast cancer?
    Does liposomal doxorubicin cause heart problems? If so, is there anything that can be done to reduce the risk of heart problems if you are receiving liposomal doxorubicin for treatment of breast cancer?
    Does epirubicin cause heart problems? If so, is there anything that can be done to reduce the risk of heart problems if you are receiving epirubicin for treatment of breast cancer?
    Does Ellence cause heart problems? If so, is there anything that can be done to reduce the risk of heart problems if you are receiving Ellence for treatment of breast cancer?
    Does mitoxantrone cause heart problems? If so, is there anything that can be done to reduce the risk of heart problems if you are receiving mitoxantrone for treatment of breast cancer?
    Does Novantrone cause heart problems? If so, is there anything that can be done to reduce the risk of heart problems if you are receiving Novatrone for treatment of breast cancer?
    What is dexrazoaxane?
    What is Zinecard?
    What is mucositis?
    What can I do to treat the mucositis I am experiencing while taking chemotherapy?
    Are there any side effects with Nolvadex?
    What is supportive treatment for cancer patients?
    What is leucovorin?
    What is alopecia?
    What is anemia?
    Is there anything that can be done to treat the anemia that I am experiencing due to chemotherapy?
    What is erythropoieitin?
    What is Procrit?
    What is epoetin alfa?
    What is neutropenia?
    Why does taking chemotherapy put me at higher risk for having infections?

    Page 1 of 3
       | 1 | 2 | 3 | Next


     

    is a trademark of HC Search Corporation.