More about Mastectomy: Cost, Procedure and FAQs

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How Inexpensive Is Mastectomy Overseas?

The cost for Mastectomy is not specified as it is usually covered by Health Insurance. If there is no health insurance, then a number of factors affect the price for Mastectomy. Firstly, the cost depends upon whether the Mastectomy is Bilateral or Unilateral. It also depends upon the experience of the surgeon and the price increases if breast reconstruction is to be done. The cost includes hospital fee, anesthesia fee, surgeon's fee, medication fee etc. 

Mexico

1700 USD

Tunisia

1900 USD

Thailand

2150 USD

Turkery

4800 USD

Germany

5900 USD

UAE

6300 USD

USA

32000   USD

How Much Time Will Mastectomy Take?

Procedure Duration 2-3 hrs
Average Duration Of Stay Abroad 1-2 weeks
No. Of Trips Required      1 

How Is A Mastectomy Performed? 

Mastectomy is a simple and common procedure. In the first step, general anesthesia is given to the patient and then incisions are made around the breast to remove all the breast tissues and other parts of breast which need to be removed. 

If possible, skin-sparing mastectomy is performed, where the skin of the breast is preserved for reconstruction. Skin-Sparing surgery can not be performed in cases where the tumor is very close to the skin.

If it is demanded by the patient and if it is possible, then the breast reconstruction surgery is performed along with Mastectomy. 


Important Things To Know About  Mastectomy

  • Some of the potential risks of Mastectomy are infection, pain, swelling, damage to nerves and hematoma. 

  • Mastectomy is recommended for patients with early-stage breast cancer, DCIS, locally advanced breast cancer, inflammatory breast cancer and Paget’s disease. Also, it is chosen by patients as a preventive measure if they are at high risk for cancer. 

  • Several weeks before surgery, patients are asked to stop taking medicines like aspirin which causes blood thinning and makes it hard for blood to clot. 

  • After the surgery, the patient experiences pain around the site of incisions for which pain killers are prescribed by the doctor. Also, drainage tubes are attached until all the surgical drain is eliminated.

  • Mastectomy is the right choice if the tumor is larger than 5 cm or multiple lumpectomy has not resulted in the removal of cancer.


Frequently Asked Questions For Mastectomy 


Q. When is Mastectomy performed as a preventive measure against cancer?
A. A person may decide to have Mastectomy as a preventive measure against cancer if they have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, if they have BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation or if they have had LCIS.

Q. How effective is Mastectomy in preventing cancer?
A. Mastectomy cannot completely prevent breast cancer. This is because of the fact that breast cancer tissues are not only present in the breasts but also in the arm pits, above collarbone and as far as abdomen. 

Q. What are the conditions under which I cannot have breast reconstruction with Mastectomy? 
A. Some of the cases where the surgeon recommends the patient to have breast reconstruction later are, if the patient needs a radiation therapy after Mastectomy which may negatively affect the reconstructed breast and also, when it is important for the patient to have the chemotherapy immediately as the reconstruction takes time to heal. 

Q. How long will it take for the surgical drains to be removed?
A. It usually takes about a week for surgical drains to be removed. It also depends upon the healing process.

Q. How long is the recovery timeline? 
A. On an average it takes about 1-2 months to recover completely. 

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