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Side Effects of Mastectomy

A number of side effects may accompany mastectomy such as shoulder pain and stiffness or a feeling of numbness or pins and needles where tissue was removed. Some women develop lymphedema, a swelling of the arm on the side of the surgery caused by fluid collecting after removal of lymph nodes. A painful type of lymphedema may occur immediately following a mastectomy, or within four to six weeks. More commonly, a slow-growing, painless type develops 18 to 24 months after surgery.
Other potential complications of mastectomy include:
  • Pain around the incision site
  • Redness or bleeding or other drainage
  • Fever or chills
  • Scabs, blisters or skin loss along the edge of the incision

Locations for Mastectomy