What is a mastectomy?
The process of removal of breast tissues to treat or prevent the growth of breast cancer is known as mastectomy. The removal process may include either one or both breasts depending on the severity of the condition.
When is mastectomy required?
Whenever a person is undergoing treatment for breast cancer or is at a high risk of getting it, all the breast tissues are removed using mastectomy. There are different types of breast cancers in which mastectomy may be advised. These include:
- Non-invasive breast cancer is also known as Ductal carcinoma in Situ (DCIS).
- Inflammatory breast cancer post-chemotherapy
- Early stages of breast cancer (Stage 1 and 2)
- Locally advanced breast cancer (Stage 3)
- Paget’s disease
- Recurrent breast cancer post-treatment
Moreover, some other signs and symptoms in which the doctor will advise mastectomy are:
- More than 2 tumors spread in the breast region.
- If the breast biopsy shows widespread and malignant calcium deposits in the breast.
- If cancer recurs after undergoing radiation therapy.
- Radiations can prove to be lethal for a pregnant woman’s baby and so mastectomy is suggested.
- The presence of gene mutation can create possibilities of developing second cancer in the breast.
- Presence of connective tissue diseases such as scleroderma or lupus.
What are the different types of mastectomy performed?
Post CT scans and mammography reports, the doctor will suggest one of three types of mastectomy performed. These are:
- Simple mastectomy: This type of mastectomy is performed in the case where the tumor is small and has not infiltrated by the lymph node. This is also used in certain cases of ductal carcinoma.
- Modified radical mastectomy: This procedure usually involves tumors of bigger size with a few lymph nodes.
- Radical mastectomy: This mastectomy type is used when the tumor is large and all the lymph nodes and muscles of the breast are involved.
What is the recovery period post-surgery?
Post-surgery, when the anesthetics start to wear off the patient experiences pain, and analgesics are administered for the next two days. While the drainage tubes are removed immediately after a simple mastectomy, they are kept for about two days in case of a radical mastectomy. Usually, the patient is discharged after 2 days of a radical mastectomy and the full recovery period is about 6 weeks.
Why should Dubai be on your list for a mastectomy?
Mastectomy cost in the United Arab Emirates varies between different hospitals but the cost starts at around USD 9000. Not only a cost-effective treatment but also the fact that the hospitals are accredited by JCI and TEMOS make the treatment more reliable.
In addition, being a surgical process mastectomy requires a set of professional skills and technologically advanced machinery. This is another reason mastectomy in Dubai/ UAE is on the rise since all the modern requirements are taken care of.
MediGence is striving to connect the entire healthcare ecosystem of professionals and patients through a centralized platform, which is easily accessible from every part of the world. The telemedicine platform exposes its video conferencing and communications capabilities, which helps people connect and talk to a doctor or specialist from the comfort of their home.
So if you are planning to get a mastectomy done, Dubai should be on your list of probable.