Advantages and Limitations of Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy

May 22, 2014
Grant W. Carlson, MD

Grant W. Carlson, MD, professor of surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, chief, Division of Plastic Surgery, Emory University Hospital, discusses the advantages and limitations of nipple-sparing mastectomy.

Grant W. Carlson, MD, professor of surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, chief, Division of Plastic Surgery, Emory University Hospital, discusses the advantages and limitations of nipple-sparing mastectomy.

Clinical Pearls I

- Though tremendous gains have been made in breast reconstruction in the past 25 years, there remains a need to improve nipple and areola reconstruction.

- Studies have shown that patients who have had a nipple-sparing mastectomy are more satisfied than patients who have had a skin-sparing mastectomy and nipple reconstruction.

Clinical Pearls II

- Limitations include size, location, and stage of cancer, as well as breast size and shape.