FAQ: Breast Lumpectomy
If you have a breast tumor in your breast that needs to be removed
It will remove the tumor in the breast to stop the cancer cells from spreading to the whole breast and thus avoiding the need for a mastectomy
Nonsurgical options could be chemotherapy and other forms of radiation therapy, however these are usually are in combination with the surgery
There is mastectomy, but this is only when the patient has no other choice
The sooner we are able to identity and remove the tumor, the greater chance you will have in preventing or stopping the spread of the tumor
Patients may do radiation therapy or chemotherapy without the surgery but it may be harder to manage and predict the growth of the tumor
Delaying of the procedure could increase the risk of further spreading of the tumor
The goal of the surgery is to remove all traces of cancer cells currently present in the breast
It can improve your survival by removing the tumor before it gets any larger and starts to spread to other locations
The surgery should help you feel as if you have more control of managing the growth of the tumor by removing it and thus avoiding the chance of the tumor spreading
It is best for you to do so to understand the severity of your condition and to have a better idea of the outcome by taking into account your genetic background
The risks and complications are similar to other aesthetic surgery. They include local such as hypertrophic scar and or keloid, asymmetry, skin ischemia and loss and hematoma this is more common in smoker. The systemic complications include blood clot and PE and other anesthesia risks. In healthy patients in the hands of board certified Plastic Surgeons, the complication rates are in fact not very high.
This surgery is usually performed by a general surgeon
We will learn whether the removal of the tumor will be the only treatment you need in order to be cancer-free or if the cancer will reoccur again and continue to grow
This will depend on the stage and severity of the breast cancer. In more serious cases, you will need to remove more than a couple of lymph nodes
The pathology usually takes about 2 weeks to come back.
This surgery is usually done in conjunction with radiation therapy.
This will depend on the stage and severity of the breast cancer. You can further discuss this with me during consultation
This will depend on the stage and severity of the breast cancer. You can further discuss this with me in more detail during consultation
Breast reconstruction can be done if you experience any asymmetry in both breast. You may either correct this by obtaining fat tissue from a donor site or have implant placement
A small incision is usually made above the nipple, however this will depend on the size of the tumor
Blood transfusions are rare for lumpectomy
You will have increase sensitivity to the operated area, experience itchiness and have some discomfort
The pain is usually mild in the first few days to one to two weeks. Mild narcotic or even plain Tylenol may be enough for average patients.
If there may be a lot of drainage after the procedure, a small drain may be placed until all of the excess fluid is finished draining out.
The scar will be thin but visible where the incision was made to remove the tumor
You can contact me directly at my office and keep in touch with your family doctor for any general questions you may have. Your files will be shared among your care providers with details of how your surgery went
You can usually return to your normal routine within a week but it is advised that you avoid any physically demanding activities and heavy lifting
You can usually return to work within a week. If your job is very physical than it may take a little longer.
Yes, you cannot drive yourself home after facelift.
You will need an adult to drive you home and stay with you 24 hours after surgery
You can call my office if you have any other questions
Approximately 1 hour
Patients usually wake up 10 minutes after the surgery is completed.
Yes. Please also ask any questions if you need them to be clarifying
If there may be a lot of drainage after the procedure, the drain is kept until all of the excess fluid is finished draining out.
This is usually an outpatient procedure and you may leave as soon as you woken up and are ready to go
After 3-7 days into recovery, it is encouraged that you start on stretching and breathing exercises.
Patients can return to their normal routine in a week.
Most of the sutures used are dissolvable and thus are not needed to be removed
- Wear a soft, comfortable bra for support