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Dr. Sean Canale
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Breast Lump Removal (Overview)

To remove a lesion from the breast, small incision underal anesthesia, open skin and remove lesion, send to pathology and determine nature.


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Pain of breast lump removal?

Pain of breast lump removal?

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

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Dr. Sean Canale
21 doctors shared insights

Breast Lump Removal (Overview)

To remove a lesion from the breast, small incision underal anesthesia, open skin and remove lesion, send to pathology and determine nature.


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Is breast lump removal painful?

Is breast lump removal painful?

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

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Diagnosing Breast Lumps (Checklist)

Do a breast self exam after your period ends
monthly
Check daily in shower after soaping up
daily
Learn the architecture of your breasts by repetition
once
Observe skin around nipples
once
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What is the cost of breast lump removal?

What is the cost of breast lump removal?

$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

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When is it necessary to get a breast lump removal?

When is it necessary to get a breast lump removal?

It depends : The majority of breast lumps are benign or non-cancer. When you are young they are usually benign , however as you reach age 50 , there is a 50% chance that a lump is a cancer , and this % goes up as you get older. Therefore all breast lumps should be evaluated by a general surgeon and he will help determine the nature of the lump. If benign , it can be watched in some situations. ...Read more

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After benign breast lump removal is your breast puckered?

After benign breast lump removal is your breast puckered?

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

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After benign breast lump removal are your breasts misshaped?

After benign breast lump removal are your breasts misshaped?

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

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What is the definition or description of: breast lump removal?

What is the definition or description of: breast lump removal?

Self explanatory: To remove a lesion from the breast, small incision underal anesthesia, open skin and remove lesion, send to pathology and determine nature. ...Read more

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After benign breast lump removal, are your breasts misshappen?

After benign breast lump removal, are your breasts misshappen?

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

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Does anyone know, after benign breast lump removal are your breasts misshappen?

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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Lump (Definition)

Breast lump describes any lump found in the breast. A breast lump may be something benign, such as a small cyst, or something serious, ...Read more