A mastectomy is a type of procedure that involves the removal of the breast tissue, either in one or both breasts. It is commonly performed to remove or prevent the growth of cancerous tissue in at risk patients. There are different types of mastectomy surgery and the type a patient is advised to have depends on the condition and its severity. Those at risk of breast cancer may have a less severe form of surgery whereas those with late-stage breast cancer may be required to have the entire breast removed, including the skin covering it and the muscle underneath. Some patients may opt to have the tumour removed along with the surrounding tissue. This is called a lumpectomy. However, further surgery may be necessary to remove more of the breast tissue if the cancer reappears or spreads. This procedure can be a big decision for the patient involved and it can be a traumatising experience despite the health benefits to those at a high risk of developing breast cancer.
How can mastectomy surgery go wrong?
Surgeons perform this type of procedure successfully on a daily basis therefore, they are fully trained on the proper protocols to use. As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of complications or injury and this should be explained to you beforehand. However, on occasion, there may be complications due to negligence on the part of your surgeon or another physician present. You may have excessive scarring if the procedure was botched or you may not have needed the surgery at all. In many cases, a biopsy must be taken to determine whether surgery is necessary. If you have not received a biopsy or you think that you have sustained an injury as a result of mastectomy surgery, you may be able to make a claim where there is evidence of negligence.
How to claim for mastectomy surgery
If there is evidence your surgeon was negligent, you may be able to win a cash payout for any injury or illness you have sustained as a result of botched surgery. Accident Advice Helpline believes in integrity, dependability, reliability and accountability and has helped thousands of victims of medical negligence to claim for compensation from the party at fault. Our no win, no fee* policy means that you do not have to pay upfront to obtain no-obligation advice from our team of experts and our 24-hour phone line is free to call.