What equipment is needed to perform a simple mastectomy?

Updated: Feb 11, 2019
  • Author: Kanchan Kaur, MBBS, MS (GenSurg), MRCSEd; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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A basic surgical set is required for a simple mastectomy. The key instruments are as follows:

  • Littlewoods, Lahey, or skin hooks for lifting the flaps

  • Langenbeck retractors (medium-sized and large)

  • Small artery forceps

  • Nontoothed and toothed forceps

  • Metzenbaum scissors

  • Vacuum drain

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