This operation is done when the goal is to remove the entire breast and the nipple-areolar complex. Some of the skin is removed as well. Sentinel lymph node biopsy is frequently done at the same time. The incision is usually closed horizontally. A single drain is placed. The operation takes 1 to 2 hours. Patients may go home the same day or stay overnight and go home the following day. Recovery is 1 to 2 weeks.
Reconstruction is possible after this operation.