Skin-sparing and nipple-sparing mastectomy: preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative considerations

Anees B Chagpar
American Surgeon 2004, 70 (5): 425-32
The last several decades have witnessed significant advances in the surgical management of breast cancer. Although many have embraced breast conservation as the procedure of choice, some patients will still opt for mastectomy for a variety of reasons. Recently, the concept of skin sparing mastectomy and immediate breast reconstruction has emerged as an option that provides excellent cosmetic results while being oncologically safe. However, this surgical approach must be considered within a multidisciplinary context, and there are a number of perioperative issues that need to be considered. In addition, newer techniques, which spare the nipple and/or areola, warrant further examination.

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