What equipment is needed to perform a modified radical mastectomy?

Updated: Jun 18, 2021
  • Author: Nafisa K Kuwajerwala, MD; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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The following equipment is needed to perform a modified radical mastectomy:

  • Sterile gloves and gowns

  • Sterile drapes

  • Preoperative skin preparation supplies

  • No. 15 blade

  • Bovie electrocautery

  • Sterile sponges

  • Suction system

  • Sterile irrigation solution (water and normal saline)

  • Standard mastectomy tray

  • Freeman face lift or skin hooks

  • Richardson retractors

  • Several types of sutures and ties, silks available for ties, nylon for drain sutures, Vicryl, and Monocryl for skin closure

  • Clips for the axillary dissection

  • Drains for the axilla and chest wall under the mastectomy flaps (eg, Jackson-Pratt round 15-Fr)

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