Every surgery involves planning, preparation, risks, and recovery. On these pages, we provide the basics on what you’ll experience with any surgery – before, during, and after.
In this section:
- Planning for Surgery: Medical History and Testing
- The Day of Surgery
- What Happens in the Operating Room
- Recovering From Surgery
- Waiting for Results From Surgery
- Surgery Risks
- Myths About Surgery
- Dealing With Surgery Fears
- Questions to Ask Your Surgeon
To connect with others who are facing breast cancer surgery, join the Breastcancer.org Discussion Board forum Surgery - Before, During, and After, which includes threads connecting members based on their surgery month.
"Breast cancer surgery is not the radically deforming surgery that you may have seen in your grandmother's day. We do skin-sparing incisions, we try to make the incisions low enough that you can wear anything you want, we're not taking muscle out. You don't end up with a concave area where the ribs are showing and the scars run to the collarbone. It's a different era. I think the sooner you get back to seeing what your scar looks like the better off you are. I like to take a look at a patient's scar early in the healing process, to let her know that I think it looks okay."-- Thomas G. Frazier, M.D.