How Is a Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy Performed?
Nipple-sparing mastectomy surgery is performed via a single incision in either the inferior (lower) or lateral (side) area of the breast. Certain patients may be good candidates for an incision in the inframammary fold under the breast, which leads to inconspicuous scars and especially natural-looking results.
After undergoing the procedure, patients will stay overnight in the hospital for care and observation. Most patients recover from the procedure within two to three weeks.
Will I Lose Sensation After a Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy?
Though your results may look very much like your previous breasts, the sensations you feel will change. The procedure often results in a loss or diminished sensation, or ability to feel touch and pressure, in the breast(s).
Remember to be patient, as sensation can take up to a year to come back. While fine-touch sensation does not return, most women do retain at least some sensation.
Please also keep in mind that while mastectomy is the most effective treatment to reduce breast cancer recurrence — offering more than a 90 percent reduction rate — there can never be a total guarantee that breast cancer won’t recur.
Your surgeons take meticulous care during surgery to remove all visible breast cancer tissue, reducing the chance of a recurrence. After your procedure, you’ll be screened regularly and undergo careful clinical breast examination.
As one of the best tools in our arsenal to fight breast cancer, the nipple-sparing mastectomy has helped many women beat cancer and live long, full, and happy lives.