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Doctor insights on: Reconstructive Surgery After Lumpectomy

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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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What causes fluids to build up in sites that have had surgery such as lumpectomy?

What causes fluids to build up in sites that have had surgery such as lumpectomy?

Natural course: When the body is injured or operated on with surgery, fluid is sent to the area as part of the healing process. In the breast, this is called a seroma. The seroma fills the lumpectomy space. These days we close the space down to decrease the rate of seroma formation. A drain can be placed at the time of surgery to keep the fluid from building up or the fluid can be drained with a needle. ...Read more

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I am having lumpectomy surgery and need advice abot healing?

I am having lumpectomy surgery and need advice abot healing?

Minimal: Agree with doctor rosen. After surgery, complications such as infection, bleeding into the lumpectomy cavity can occur. So wear a support bra can help minimize this a bit. ...Read more

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I had a lumpectomy 4 yrs ago & developed a Seroma after surgery & have had to have the fluid removed every year since. Why is this lasting so long?

I had a lumpectomy 4 yrs ago & developed a Seroma after surgery & have had to have the fluid removed every year since.  Why is this lasting so long?

Since the exact: cause of seroma formation is unknown , it is difficult to be able to reassure you as to how long fluid will have to be withdrown. There are a number of possible treatments with varying reports of success. Consult with an experienced Breast Surgeon for advice! Hope this helps...wish it could be better "news" Dr Z ...Read more

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Is lumpectomy surgery dangerous?

No : Although, no surgery should be considered trivial - lumpectomy typically takes only 30 - 45 minutes, and may be done under local anesthesia with sedation if the patient's condition warrants it or the patient desires it. Complications are unusual - things like wound infection or bleeding into the lumpectomy site. ...Read more

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Can one have oncolpastic surgery after a lumpectomy or does it have to be performed at the same time?

Can be delayed: Oncoplastic surgery can be performed a week (or later) after lumpectomy. Some surgeons routinely delay it so they can be sure the margins are clear after pathology review. It does not have to be done all at once but discuss with your plastic and oncologic surgeons. ...Read more

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What can be put on burning skin from removal of lumpectomy surgery bandages tape?

What can be put on burning skin from removal of lumpectomy surgery bandages tape?

Tape irritation...: Use a mild steroid cream and keep away from more tape application. If you want to go the homeopathic route, use traumeel ointment (or cream). It is available online or at most whole foods stores. ...Read more

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Unable to be put under general sedation. Need lumpectomy, can a spinal block be used for breast surgery (along with sedation)?

Unable to be put under general sedation. Need lumpectomy, can a spinal block be used for breast surgery (along with sedation)?

No: Spinal anesthesia is used for surgery on the lower abdomen (such as a c-section) or on the legs. It causes profound numbness, and can't be given at a high level such as the breasts or it would interfere with breathing. Any patient can be safe under general anesthesia with the right precautions. Meet with the anesthesiologist ahead of time to discuss any unusual health issues and plan for them. ...Read more

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How are cosmetic and reconstructive surgery different?

How are cosmetic and reconstructive surgery different?

Cosmetic surgery...: ...Takes a normal structure and makes it nicer looking. Reconstructive surgery tries to repair and restore a structure that has been damaged by trauma, surgery or deformity - and make it look normal. Both are parts of plastic surgery as a specialty. ...Read more

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