What Is a Total Mastectomy?A total mastectomy (sometimes called a simple mastectomy) is an operation that removes the breast (tissue, ducts, lobules, fatty tissue and nipple).
Lymph nodes are not removed with this procedure, although a sentinel node biopsy may be done. A scar across the chest where the breast is removed is present.
Generally, you will stay in the hospital for one to two days.
Updated June 6, 2016