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Total (simple) mastectomy is used for ductal carcinoma in situ/invasive cancer not amenable to breast conservation, when patient expresses a preference for mastectomy over breast conservation, or as prophylaxis of carcinoma in selected high-risk women. It may be combined with axillary sentinel lymph node dissection. This chapter describes indications, essential steps, variations, and complications of this procedure. It provides a detailed template operative note for the procedure. Skin-sparing and nipple-sparing mastectomies are detailed in separate chapters, as is breast reconstruction.

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This chapter was contributed by Michael C. Fraterelli, M.D., in the previous edition.

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Splittgerber, B.E., Lizarraga, I. (2017). Total Simple Mastectomy. In: Hoballah, J., Scott-Conner, C., Chong, H. (eds) Operative Dictations in General and Vascular Surgery. Springer, Cham.

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