Mastectomy

(Breast Removal)

Summary

A mastectomy is usually performed to treat breast cancer, which affects some 45,000 women in the UK every year. Breast cancer is a malignant tumour (group of cells) which starts in the glandular tissue of the breast. These group of cells can start to grow and spread.

You may require a partial mastectomy, whereby part of your breast tissue is removed. A full mastectomy completely removes your breast and nipple and, if your consultant feels necessary, also parts of your lymph nodes (glands) and into your armpit. This allows further examination to see if the cancer has spread.

If you have invasive breast cancer, a mastectomy is performed as part of a plan to increase your chances of becoming cancer free. Combined with radiotherapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy or biological therapy this will assist with shrinking or controlling the cancer.

You may want to consider a breast reconstruction, creating a new breast shape. This can be performed at the same time as your mastectomy or at a later time; just ask your consultant for details.

  • Arranging your Treatment

    Before going ahead with this treatment, you will need to have an initial consultation with a specialist Consultant to go through your medical history and diagnosis. At this appointment, your consultant will confirm the exact treatment you require.

    If you would like to have an initial consultation, you can call us and we can help you find the best consultant for you to see.

    For more information, call our Reservations team on +44 (0) 1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk.

  • Paying for your Treatment

    You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself.

    If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf.

    If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation. This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests).

    Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further.

    If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

    Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.

The mastectomy will be performed under general anaesthetic, you will also have local anaesthetic injections to help numb the pain after the operation. You will be in hospital for several days and your consultant will keep a close eye on your recovery.

Once under general anaesthetic your consultant will make an elliptical incision into your breast taking out breast tissue +/- the nipple. If necessary your lymph nodes will also be taken out through the same incision; this will be discussed prior to your operation. You may need just a few or several taken out.

When you wake you will find tubes inserted to help drain and heal your wound. You will find the breast area will feel tender and tight. Your arm and shoulder will also feel sore and stiff, especially if you’ve had lymph nodes removed. Some women develop a seroma after mastectomy. This is a collection of fluid under the arm on the side of the operation. The fluid is absorbed into the body in time, but if the seroma is large or uncomfortable it may need to be drained.

Your breast tissue and lymph nodes will be examined and results will be with you within two weeks. 90% of women benefit from receiving additional therapy treatment to ensure the chance of cancer reoccurring is kept to a minimum; if this is the case your consultant and oncologist will discuss the options best suited for you.

To find out more:  

If you would like to come to KIMS contact our Reservations team on +44 (0)1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk

Our Consultants

  • Miss Delilah Hassanally

    BSc (Hons) MSc MBBS FRCS (Eng)

    • Breast Clinic
    • Breast Enlargement
    • Breast Reduction
    • Breast uplift
    • Excision Biopsy of a Breast Lump
    • Inguinal Hernia Repair
    • Mastectomy
    • Wide Local Excisions
  • Mr Haresh Devalia

    MBBS MS DNB MSc (Cardiff) FRCS (Ed) FRCS (Gen Surg)

    • Breast Clinic
    • Breast Enlargement
    • Breast Reduction
    • Breast uplift
    • Excision Biopsy of a Breast Lump
    • Mastectomy
    • Wide Local Excisions
  • Mr Ibrahim Ahmed

    MBChB, CABS, FRCS (Eng), FRCS, (Gen Surgery). 

    • Breast Clinic
    • Excision Biopsy of a Breast Lump
    • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)
    • Inguinal Hernia Repair
    • Mastectomy
    • Wide Local Excisions
  • Mr Mohsin Dani

    MBBS  FRCS (Ed)  MS (General Surgery)

    • Breast Clinic
    • Breast Enlargement
    • Breast Reduction
    • Breast uplift
    • Excision Biopsy of a Breast Lump
    • Mastectomy
    • Wide Local Excisions