Risks of mastectomy include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Swelling (lymphedema) in your arm
  • Formation of hard scar tissue at the surgical site
  • Shoulder pain and stiffness
  • Numbness, particularly under your arm, from lymph node removal
  • Buildup of blood in the surgical site (hematoma)
Oct. 26, 2011