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Mastectomy

Learn about the steps that people at high risk for cancer can take to manage their risk and protect their health.

Surgical risks

Every surgery has potential risks; some are more serious than others. Some mastectomy risks can affect recovery. Others can affect the type of scarring and appearance of the breast reconstruction. Some possible risks include:

  • Infection
  • Fluid build-up at the surgical site (seroma or hematoma)
  • Delayed healing
  • Blood loss
  • Blood clots
  • Pain (post-operative and long term pain syndromes)

It is important to discuss possible surgical risks with your physician so that you understand the seriousness and likelihood of these risks prior to surgery.

Updated 12/29/16

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