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Benign Breast Lump Removal
Rarely: Breast cancer surgeons have learned a lot from our plastic surgery colleagues and now try to apply many of the same principles that they follow with breast surgery so that we can, first and foremost, remove what we need to, but do so with minimal aesthetic changes. Of course, the size of the tumor relative to the breast and it's location will have an effect, but most patients have minimal changes. ...Read more
Not usually: The breast is a very forgiving organ with respect to post surgical changes provided that your surgeon follows a few simple rules. The tumor does not belong in your breast, therefore you should not have a loss of normal breast tissue. Scars can be hidden around the edge of the areola or under the breast. Please address this with your surgeon before surgery. ...Read more
Usually not: Benign or malignant, the lump created by a tumor "does not belong" in the breast; it's removal should theoretically return the breast to normal. The degree of deformity created by surgery depends on the amout of normal tissue disrupted & the location of the incision. An experienced breast surgeon can do this operation with minimal cosmetic deformity. We even have a name for it: oncoplastics. ...Read more
Should be minimal: Unless the benign breast lump is very large or the breast is very small, proper removal of a benign lump usually causes little deformity. In my experience, removing lesions from the upper, inner quadrant of the breast is more prone to some deformity but it should be minimal if performed by an experienced breast surgeon. ...Read more
Benign: A fibroadenoma is a very common benign breast mass that is found either incidentally on mammogram or ultrasound or is felt as a breast lump by the patient. Depending on the appearance and size of a fibroadenoma on imaging, it can be followed up, biopsied, or surgically removed. The majority however are left alone. ...Read more
Depends but mild: Most patients have mild pain after a surgical bx and require narcotics only for a few days maybe less. If the lesion is benign, with current technology, many lumps can be removed percutaneously in the office under ultrasound guidance through a puncture rather than incision and patients generally require only over the counter pain meds (tylenol, advil, (ibuprofen) aleve). ...Read more
Minor Surgery: A lumpectomy is usually performed under twilight anesthesia, so you will not be aware of the operation. After surgery, you will probably notice a "black-and-blue" type of soreness that should be well controlled with non-narcotic pain medication (i am a big fan of ibuprofen). Most people return to work in a few days and are back to normal activities in a week. Of course, check with your surgeon. ...Read more
$6, 000-10, 000: The last time I looked at this was ~10 years ago; the avg then was $6, 000. This includes hospital and all physician (surgeon, anesthesia, pathology) costs. If you need a biopsy and are uninsured, you may qualify for assistance. Please discuss this with your surgeon asap. ...Read more
Breast lump removal: It is important to determine the cause of the breast lump in advance of surgery. Surgical excision of a breast lump unrelated to the previous breast plastic surgery should, in general, be covered by one's health insurance policy. Is the lump is due to the previous plastic surgery (e.g., ruptured breast implant, silicone), be sure to check with your health insurance carrier before surgery. ...Read more
I had a breast lump removal surgery before 20 days...now staplers removed. Can I ride two wheeler vehical?
Yes: If it is comfortable for you to do that, it is safe. ...Read more
HIghly unlikely: If done with sterile precautions. However, the armpit lymph nodes connect to those along the sub clavicle vein nodes and then into the neck. If the lump was cancer, you will need to have sentinel nodes checked, and if these neck nodes do not subside, they too need biopsy. ...Read more
Breast biopsy: Place a pillow under your left side, which will assist in going to sleep, but you may wake several times since movement in sleep will cause pressure on the biopsy site. The pain is not harmful, but you may have several nights will little sleep. Ask your surgeon for some pain medications, which will help in the short run. ...Read more
Not likely: Because the lymph drainage from the breast is to axillary and internal mammary (inside the chest near the breast bone) lymph nodes. There might be something else going on. Consult surgeon who did your lump removal. ...Read more
Need biosy results: With rare exception, one should not go to the or without a tissue diagnosis. This is usually easily accomplished via needle biopsy under local anesthesia. Once the diagnosis is established, the timing of the surgery can be guided by whether the lump is benign or malignant: if benign, no urgency; if malignant, why wait? ...Read more
After removal breast lump on 3rd april 2013, my wound were open and bleed on 4th april 2013.Should I use bra & what should I do?
See your surgeon: You need to be evaluated and treatment plan- including what to do about your bra. Your surgeon should instruct you on how best to stop bleeding and prevent infection and optimize healing and recovery. ...Read more
No cancer vs. Cancer: Benign is non-cancerous and this breast lump can be observed or left alone. Malignant is cancerous and needs surgical excision of the cancer and consideration of medical oncology and radiation oncology treatments. There are many types of benign breast lumps, and several types of breast cancers. ...Read more
No: Most benign breast lumps are fibromas or cysts. ...Read more
Need 2 C Ur Doctor: It is difficult if not impossible to differentiate a benign breast tumor from a malignant one by exam alone. At your age an ultrasound may be very helpful; ultimately, a (needle) biopsy under local anesthesia in an office setting is the most definitive diagnostic method. I advise you to see your doctor for the appropriate direction. ...Read more
Core biopsy of 6mm breast lump that look mildly suspicious on u/s came back as benign lactational changes. I am nursing my son. What does this mean?
Breast lump show monolayered sheets of benign ductal epithelial cells, few of them showing antelar horn configuration. Should it be removed or not?
It is benign,: Possibly a fibroadenoma. Most likely it doesn't need to be surgically removed, but check with your doctor for more details and follow-up. ...Read more
Had my "irregular hypoechoic heterogenous 2.4cm breast lump" biopsied and it turned out to be a benign 'sclerosing adenosis'. What causes these?
I recommend you follow up with a breast specialist to review the films and biopsy result. The two don't seem to match up, we call this discordance.
It is difficult for you to get a good answer in this forum without us seeing your report and looking at the films.
Good luck! ...Read more
What does extensive low grade DCIS, No invasive malignancy is presented means in histopathology report for left breast lump with Benign fibrocycstic?
It means precancer: DCIS is a common problem in women. It is the beginning of cell changes which appear cancerous yet they are still not fully converted into cancer. Invasion by cancer cells is required in order to label them as cancerous. There is some risk that DCIS can convert into Invasive Breast Cancer. So it is a good idea to remove this abnormality/lump compeltely ...Read more
I am 22 years old and I am a virgin. I had a breast lump removed two years back. The doctor didn't mention anything and the lump was benign. Now, I am getting some milky discharge from both the nipples. The discharge is thick and smells like milk. Is it n
May be normal: Nipple discharges not unusual. But it should be checked by your doctor just to be sure. ...Read more
I 've been on estrace (estradiol) since sept. For vaginal athrophy and found a breast lump in dec, benign per mri/biopsy. Should I stop estrace (estradiol)?
Not necessarily.: If I may rephrase your question, does your breast biopsy result warrant stopping estrace (estradiol)? Answering this requires knowing your specific biopsy results, and is best answered by the doctor that ordered your biopsy and the doctor that prescribed your estrace (estradiol). ...Read more
Lumpectomy is a...: ...Minor outpatient operation often performed under twilight anesthesia. Important considerations include the type of lump (benign vs malignant), its location in the breast, & the size of the lump relative to the breast. Oncoplastic surgery involves applying plastic surgical approaches to cancer surgery to reach the most aesthetic results. Be sure and ask your surgeon about this. ...Read more
Breast lump: If you feel a dominant lump in the breast, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Most are benign, often cysts especially if tender, but some may be malignant and this needs to be excluded. ...Read more
NO: A breast lump needs professional evaluation by a health care provider. If it was determined to be ok and if it is sore sometimes ice pack may reduce its pain. But don't place icy hot directly on skin. Please don't forget a breast lump may be cancerous, though mjority are not, a health care professional needs to determine that. ...Read more
Not always: But it needs to be checked! You should have a physical examination, mammography, and most likely an ultrasound. Then you and your physician can make an adequate plan. Don't delay any longer - get it checked! ...Read more
See Ur Doctor: Cancers never "pop up" overnight but I have seen enough patients with your story who have had cancer to understand that lumps may "fly under the radar" for some time before one is cognizant of it. Breast cysts do develop overnight but it is one thing to assume this & another to prove it. Please see ur primary care dr. Or gyne--any new lump warrants evaluation. ...Read more