Category: Miscellaneous
Fatwa#: 38592
Asked Country: Canada

Answered Date: Aug 22,2017

Title: Is Mastectomy and Mammaplasty permissible?

Question

Assalamualaikum, I have two questions regarding surgery done on a woman's breasts.

 

1) Is double mastectomy permissible when a woman is told that she does not have breast cancer yet, but she has a high chance of developing it. And the best way to prevent it would be to get a double mastectomy. This surgery would not be done for aesthetic purposes, but would be done in order to prevent cancer in the future.

 

2) Is reduction mammoplasty (breast reduction) permissible when there is a practical reason for it. For example, the woman is experiencing back pain, or discomfort when doing physical activities. This surgery would not be done for aesthetic reasons.

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

As-salaamu `alaykum wa-ramatullahi wa-barakatuh.

1. If a reliable doctor advises that there is a strong possibility of a woman having breast cancer in both the breasts, then only mastectomy will be permissible to avoid the spread of cancer.

2. Reduction Mammaplasty is an operation which removes the excess fat and skin from the breasts.

Reduction Mammoplasty is permissible due to medical reasons.[1]

And Allah Ta`ala Knows Best.

Hussein Muhammad.

Student Darul Iftaa

Tanzania

Checked and Approved by:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

 



[1]

الفتاوى الهندية (5/ 360)

لَا بَأْسَ بِقَطْعِ الْعُضْوِ إنْ وَقَعَتْ فِيهِ الْآكِلَةُ لِئَلَّا تَسْرِيَ كَذَا فِي السِّرَاجِيَّةِ

لَا بَأْسَ بِقَطْعِ الْيَدِ مِنْ الْآكِلَةِ وَشَقِّ الْبَطْنِ لِمَا فِيهِ كَذَا فِي الْمُلْتَقَطِ.

 

إذَا أَرَادَ الرَّجُلُ أَنْ يَقْطَعَ إصْبَعًا زَائِدَةً أَوْ شَيْئًا آخَرَ قَالَ نُصَيْرٌ - رَحِمَهُ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى - إنْ كَانَ الْغَالِبُ عَلَى مَنْ قَطَعَ مِثْلَ ذَلِكَ الْهَلَاكَ فَإِنَّهُ لَا يَفْعَلُ وَإِنْ كَانَ الْغَالِبُ هُوَ النَّجَاةُ فَهُوَ فِي سَعَةٍ مِنْ ذَلِكَ

 

Jadeedi Fiqhi Masaail, Vol 1, Pg219, Zamzam

 

Fataawa Mahmudiyya, Vol 27, Pg 319, Maktaba Mahmudiyya.

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