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Operative Technique
January 2002

Modified Radical Mastectomy With Knife Technique

Author Affiliations

JACKPICKLEMANMDFrom the Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center, Department of Surgery, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Ill.

Arch Surg. 2002;137(1):105-110. doi:10.1001/archsurg.137.1.105

Infusion of the breast with a tumescent solution of dilute epinephrine hydrochloride in lactated Ringer solution in patients undergoing modified radical mastectomy allows the procedure to be performed rapidly with scalpel dissection and minimal blood loss. The classic technique of modified radical mastectomy with addition of the tumescent solution is described herein.