Lumpectomy is the surgical procedure that involves removal of cancer and other abnormal tissues from women breast. The surgery is also popularly called as breast-conserving surgery or local excision biopsy which only removes a part of the breast along with surrounding tissues which are suspected to have cancer cells. In the process, a small amount of the tissues around the lump is removed so as to ensure that all cancer cells and abnormal tissues are removed. The procedure also helps in confirming the diagnosis of cancer and it is considered to be the first treatment for all early stage breast cancer. If cancer is found, Lumpectomy is performed along with radiation therapy to minimize the recurrence and spreading of cancer.
Lumpectomy is the surgical procedure that focuses on removing cancer and other abnormal tissues from breast and preserving the overall look of your breast. This is the effective treatment option for early stage breast cancer and it can prevent breast cancer from occurring again as it removes the cancerous and precancerous cells and the abnormal cells surrounding the lump. Doctors may prescribe Lumpectomy if you:
You are required to meet the surgeons a few days earlier to the surgery and inform them about your medical history and the drugs that you are taking currently for other ailments. Your doctor would suggest you some vitamins, supplements, and medications that you are required to stop taking as it may interfere with Lumpectomy. You must avoid taking aspirin and other blood-thinning drugs. Moreover, your doctor will ask you to undergo certain tests to confirm that everything is fine and the surgery won’t cause any adverse effects. Eating is prohibited for at least 12 hours prior to surgery.
Lumpectomy is the surgical procedure which is performed under general anesthesia and this means that you will fall asleep when the surgery is going on. The process involves making incisions over your breast tumor or over the region where the wires are present and removing the tumor and some of the surrounding tissues and send it for further testing in a laboratory. Same will also be done with the sentinel lymph node or nodes if you are having the sentinel node biopsy. Axillary lymph nodes are done when the patient is having axillary node dissection.
After the cells and tumors are removed, surgeons would close the incisions carefully so as to maintain the natural look and appearance of the breast. They use sutures to close the incision as they dissolve on its own and later removal of the stitches are not required.
After the surgery is completed successfully, patients will be transferred to the recovery room for further observation. Blood pressure, breathing, and pulses are monitored. As the condition is stable the patient would be discharged from the hospital. But in the case of axillary node excision, the patient is required to stay back in the hospital for 2-3 days as they may experience bleeding and pain. Post surgery you are required to take proper care of the stitches and you need to avoid lifting heavy weights or perform any rigorous exercises for a few months. After you are discharged, pain killer is required to be taken and caring of bandages and surgical site is necessary. Some exercises would also be prescribed which you need to perform regularly to improve your recovery.
Recovery time is a bit longer and it may take a few months for you to recover complete post-surgery. Follow-up appointment must be fixed after 7-14 days of the surgery.
There are certain risks involved in Lumpectomy and this includes:
These were some complications which may arise after the surgery of Lumpectomy.
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