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How normal does a breast look after lumpectomy?

How normal does a breast look after lumpectomy?

Very normal: Most skilled surgeons are able to remove "lumps" without deforming the shape of the breast. Unless large amounts of tissue are removed, or the lump is very close to the breast skin surface deformities are rare. ...Read more

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Dr. Regina Hampton
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Lumpectomy (Definition)

A lumpectomy means removal of a breast lump. It frequently is used in relation to removal of breast cancer. However it can be generalized to removal of other lumps or imaging abnormalities also. Other terminology such as excision, wide excision or a partial mastectomy usually may mean the same thing. If it is done for breast cancer frequently it needs to be ...Read more


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Is it normal to have fluid swooshing around in the top and side portion of my right breast 3days after lumpectomy? I feel my breast is 1/2 cup larger

Is it normal to have fluid swooshing around in the top and side portion of my right breast 3days after lumpectomy? I feel my breast is 1/2 cup larger

Swelling after: surgery is common. I do not know how large an area was removed at your surgery too. Fluid (seroma) after breast surgery is also common. If there is excess breast enlargement, significant breast diffuse bruising, or increasing breast redness contact your surgeon right away. And be sure to see your surgeon for an exam soon to be sure you are healing properly. ...Read more

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I had a lumpectomy on my right breast 10 days ago. Now it is all red and I have pain on the other side. Is this normal?

I had a lumpectomy on my right breast 10 days ago. Now it is all red and I have pain on the other side. Is this normal?

Call your surgeon: Please call and discuss this with your surgeon. He/she may want to evaluate this in the office. Infection needs to be ruled out. Good luck! ...Read more

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My daughter had a lumpectomy last feb. Removing about 1/4 of her breast tissue. Now her breast has filled in and looks like the other.Is this normal?

My daughter had a lumpectomy last feb. Removing about 1/4 of her breast tissue. Now her breast has filled in and looks like the other.Is this normal?

Good cosmetic result: The breast is very forgiving to surgeons. Even a generous lumpectomy should have a good cosmetic result. One of the tenets of breast preservation surgery is the maintenance of a normal appearing breast. If a surgeon does not feel they can provide a good cosmetic outcome, alternatives such as mastectomy with reconstruction might be offered. ...Read more

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Hi, I had a lumpectomy last year to find ductal hyperplasia. Last mammogram was fine. Now I'm having heaviness in same breast. Normal?

Hi, I had a lumpectomy last year to find ductal hyperplasia.  Last mammogram was fine.  Now I'm having heaviness in same breast.  Normal?

Need medical checkup: It is not uncommon to have some numbness/heaviness after surgery in any area of your body. This can take up 1 to 2 years to completely normalize. But you should have annual clinical breast examinations with your doctor who did breast surgery and seek his advice. An annual mammogram is also recommended. ...Read more

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I had breast lumpectomy 2 years ago, radiotherapy and am on zoladex (goserelin). I feel that I have never regained full health. Is it normal?

I had breast lumpectomy 2 years ago, radiotherapy and am on zoladex (goserelin). I feel that I have never regained full health. Is it normal?

Like menopause: Zoladex (goserelin) is a medication that blocks production of ovarian hormones so you are in a medically induced menopause. Accordingly, you will have all the medical issues associated with that. No wonder you haven't felt "normal.". ...Read more

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Dx w Left breast cancer. Had 10/30 radiation tx after lumpectomy with slb (0/3). Having shooting pain in L arm w/numb hand & shoulder pain.normal?

Not normal: The removal of the breast lesion would not cause hooting pain down the arm. This is most likely related to the sentinel node removal which if adjacent to the chest wall may have caught long thoracic or thoracodorsal nerve resulting in temporary inflammation ih that region which should resolve. ...Read more

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How much time to take off work after having a breast lumpectomy?

Depends: On how large lump is and how well you tolerate surgery. Discuss with your doctor. A general recommendation would be to have 4 days off...Ie have procedure done on thursday and have off friday and weekend. ...Read more