A small cut will be made in the breast. The tumor will be cut out, along with some of the tissue around it. A cut near the armpit may be made to remove lymph nodes. Plastic tubes for drainage may be put in place. Incisions will be closed with stitches.
Immediately After Procedure
Right after the procedure, you will be in a recovery room where your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing will be watched. You may be given medicine to:
Prevent blood clots
Removed tissue will be studied. The findings may show if more surgery is needed. If you had cancer and it has spread,
may be needed.
How Long Will It Take?
About 1-3 hours
Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia will prevent pain during surgery. Pain and discomfort after surgery can be managed with medicines.
When you get home:
Limit activities until your doctor says it is okay to resume them.
Do exercises to promote arm strength. This will help prevent fluid build up in your lymph nodes.
Follow your doctor's instructions.
Call Your Doctor
Call your doctor if any of these occur:
Signs of infection, such as fever and chills
Redness, swelling, pain, bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
If you have drains, report any problems that your doctor has discussed with you
Oozing or discharge from nipples on either breast
A lump, redness, or swelling in either breast
If lymph nodes were removed: redness, warmth, swelling, stiffness, or hardness in the arm or hand
Nausea and vomiting
Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you were given
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Lumpectomy. Encyclopedia of Surgery website. Available at: http://www.surgeryencyclopedia.com/La-Pa/Lumpectomy.html. Accessed January 5, 2018.
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