‘Mastectomy started at lunchtime… and I was home for tea’

Published on 26 Jul 2021, 9:37
Helen Sloan’s mastectomy surgery started at midday – and by 6.30pm she was heading home with her husband.

The breast cancer patient, from Glenrothes, was among the first to benefit from a pioneering new procedure offered by NHS Fife.

Mastectomies – where a breast is removed – are now being carried out there as day surgery, allowing women to leave hospital within a matter of hours.

By using a type of tissue glue instead of fitting drains, the surgeons at Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline say it reduces complications and means there’s no need for an overnight stay.

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