Conservative mastectomy: extending the idea of breast conservation.


Conservative mastectomy is a surgical technique to remove breast glandular tissue without disruption to the appearance of the breast. The main contraindication to this operation is involvement of the nipple-areola complex. Preservation of a healthy nipple does not affect long-term survival rates. Intraoperative retroareolar biopsy and accurate removal of all mammary tissue are mainstays to guarantee oncological safety of the technique. A complication, however infrequent, is nipple necrosis, which can be treated successfully by local excision. Several breast reconstructive techniques are used during conservative mastectomy and aesthetic results are good in most cases.

DOI: 10.1016/S1470-2045(12)70133-X
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@article{Veronesi2012ConservativeME, title={Conservative mastectomy: extending the idea of breast conservation.}, author={Umberto Veronesi and Vania K Stafyla and J. P. Petit and Paolo Alberto Veronesi}, journal={The Lancet. Oncology}, year={2012}, volume={13 7}, pages={e311-7} }