Simple Mastectomy-mayo-stand-setup Simple Mastectomy-backtable

Mayo stand and back table instruments for Simple Mastectomy surgery setup

Clamping & Occluding

  • Hemostatic Clip Applier

    Hemostatic Clip Applier

  • Penetrating Towel Clamp

    Penetrating Towel Clamp

  • Curved Hemostat

    Curved Hemostat

  • Right Angle Clamp

    Right Angle Clamp

  • Kocher Forceps

    Kocher Forceps

  • Tonsil Clamp

    Tonsil Clamp

  • Allis Forceps

    Allis Forceps

Cutting & Dissecting

  • #3 Knife Handle

    #3 Knife Handle

  • Metzenbaum Scissor

    Metzenbaum Scissor

  • Curved Mayo Scissor

    Curved Mayo Scissor

  • Straight Mayo Scissor

    Straight Mayo Scissor

Grasping & Holding

  • Toothed Forcep

    Toothed Forcep

  • Smooth Adson

    Smooth Adson

  • Adson Forceps

    Adson Forceps

  • Russian Tissue Forceps

    Russian Tissue Forceps

  • Ferris Smith Tissue Forceps

    Ferris Smith Tissue Forceps

  • Non toothed Pickup

    Non toothed Pickup

  • Debakey Forceps

    Debakey Forceps

Retracting & Exposing

  • Freer Skin Hook

    Freer Skin Hook

  • Freeman Rake

    Freeman Rake

  • Weitlaner Retractor

    Weitlaner Retractor

  • Army-Navy Retractor

    Army-Navy Retractor

  • Senn Retractor

    Senn Retractor

  • Richardson Retractor

    Richardson Retractor

  • Harrington Retractor

    Harrington Retractor

  • Deaver Retractor

    Deaver Retractor

  • Gelpi Retractor

    Gelpi Retractor


  • Yankauer Suction

    Yankauer Suction

Suturing & Stapling

  • Ryder Needle Holder

    Ryder Needle Holder

  • Crile Wood Needle Holder

    Crile Wood Needle Holder

  • Mayo-Hegar Needle Holder

    Mayo-Hegar Needle Holder

What to expect during Simple Mastectomy

When starting the Mastectomy, the surgeon will make an incision with either a 15 or 10 blade on a #3 knife handle. They will begin dissection with adson pickups, metzenbaum scissors, and their bovie. Retractors will gradually get bigger, starting with skin hooks or senns, and move up to richardsons or a harrington. Ties should be loaded onto tonsils, and clips should be ready. After a little bit of breast dissection, the doctor will move onto longer pickups, usually debakeys.
Bovie smoke plume should be suctioned using the yankauer.

Breast specimens should quickly be passed off of your field and taken to pathology.

Closure will happen in layers, and your needle drivers will change depending on the suture needle size, and how deep you are in the incision.

A drain might be placed at the end.

4 thoughts on “Simple Mastectomy

    • Diana Lei-aloha says:

      You should not need a separate table for closure in a simple mastectomy unless it’s the surgeon’s preference. There’s no “dirty” or contaminated portion that would warrant a separate table.

  1. Serena Munsinger says:

    Scrub tech student here! I have two questions…
    #1 Is it true that your type of irrigation should be sterile water instead of normal saline due to the saline spreading cancer? or is that dependent on the doctors preference? We’re taught this in my program but every time I’ve mentioned it others don’t seem to know if there is a difference.
    #2 what sutures are used for closing?

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