Questions to Ask Your Surgeon About Lumpectomy

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Here are some questions to ask your surgeon as you plan for lumpectomy surgery:

  • How many times have you performed lumpectomy?
  • What are the risks of lumpectomy? 
  • How should I prepare for surgery?
  • How long will surgery take?
  • How much tissue will be removed?
  • How will you decide how wide the lumpectomy margins should be?
  • Will you remove any underarm lymph nodes (axillary node dissection) along with the lump?
  • Will I have anesthesia? If so, what kind?
  • Will I need blood transfusions? Should I donate my own blood before surgery?
  • How will my breast look after lumpectomy?
  • Will I need to stay in the hospital after surgery?
  • How long will it take to recover?
  • Are there any precautions I should take as I recover? Will you give me written instructions to follow?
  • Are there exercises I need to do after surgery?
  • When can I return to my normal routine and activities?
  • Will I be at risk for lymphedema after surgery?

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