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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