What are the possible complications of a total mastectomy in the surgical treatment of breast cancer?

Updated: Feb 13, 2019
  • Author: Mary Jo Wright, MD; Chief Editor: James Neal Long, MD, FACS  more...
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Complications after total mastectomy include the following:

  • Risk of local recurrence (5-10%)

  • Wound infection

  • Seroma

  • Mastectomy skin flap necrosis

  • Hematoma

  • Chronic pain

  • Incisional dog ears

  • Fibrosis

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