Types of Mastectomy

Dr. L. Raúl Arroyo, Breast Surgeon with Bethesda Hospital, Baptist Health, says they are different types of mastectomy: one is the modified radical mastectomy, which consists of removing the breast and the skin and the chest remains flat. Then, there is the evolution of that to a skin-sparing mastectomy, where the nipple and areola are removed, but the skin is retained as much as possible.

He also explains there is also the nipple-sparing mastectomy, where the entire breast is preserved including the nipple, by removing breast tissue from underneath the skin, and then reconstructing it to make it look as close to the original as possible.

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