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Had a lumpectomy? What was your experience?

Had a lumpectomy? What was your experience?

Good but qualified: I am the doer/surgeon and lumpectomies is what i do, but after 5, 000 I am qualified to answer. I use lumpectomy as a synonym for excisional biopsy involving cancer - the incision follows skin crease lines with the internal resection aimed radially toward the nipple paramount is preop planning/intraop imaging with ultrasound to direct the margin width - the tumor site has already been marked. ...Read more

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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Why would a doctor perform a lumpectomy?

Why would a doctor perform a lumpectomy?

Breast conservation: A lumpectomy is performed to remove breast cancer with a margin of normal tissue around it. This is performed in order to conserve the breast. We know that having a lumpectomy with radiation versus a mastectomy has the same survival outcome. ...Read more

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Lump beneath lumpectomy area two weeks after chemotherapy?

See your doctor: This could just be scarring from the lumpectomy, but you really must see your doctor to have them examine it. You might need to have an ultrasound or some other test to check it out. ...Read more

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What does a call to go back to the surgeon mean? I had a lumpectomy?

What does a call to go back to the surgeon mean? I had a lumpectomy?

Routine: Following any operation, it is important to see your surgeon within 1-2 weeks to be certain there were no postoperative complications. Furthermore, it is important to discuss what was found at surgery and what the next steps might be. ...Read more

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What could a call to go back to the surgeon mean after a lumpectomy?

What could a call to go back to the surgeon mean after a lumpectomy?

Need more surgery: This could mean that the surgical area has positive margins-i.e. There is still part of the mass/tumor left. You want negative margins which means all of the tumor is gone. I highly recommend you contact your surgeon to speak about this in detail. An in-person visit will allow you to get all of your questions answered. Take a friend or family member as an extra pair of ears. ...Read more

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Having a lumpectomy and concerned that the surgeon might remove areola. Is this possible?

Having a lumpectomy and concerned that the surgeon might remove areola. Is this possible?

Speak with surgeon: Your surgeon should be able to tell you where the incision will be and approximate the amount of tissue to be removed. The areola is not usually removed unless your tumor is close to the nipple. If you are not comfortable talking with the surgeon, then get a 2nd opinion from another surgeon at a breast center. ...Read more

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Having a lumpectomy and concerned that the surgeon might remove areola. Will this be the case?

Depends: This depends on where your cancer is located. I recommend you meet with your surgeon again she/he can discuss the details and show where the incision will be placed. If the tumor is near the nipple, then a breast mrican be helpful. ...Read more

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I had a lumpectomy and the dr said i needed to wear supportive bras. Are yoga bras or sport bras supportive?

I had a lumpectomy and the dr said i needed to wear supportive bras. Are yoga bras or sport bras supportive?

It depends: It depends on the bra itself and your size. I think the doctor just means don't use an old funky bra that doesn't hold you up against gravity. ...Read more

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Ran this through chip insurance: idiopathic gynecomastia -double lumpectomy. What are my chances of being rejected? If not covered by chip, other ops?

Ran this through chip insurance: idiopathic gynecomastia -double lumpectomy. What are my chances of being rejected? If not covered by chip, other ops?

Gynecomastia: The surgical treatment of idiopathic gynecomastia is not considered a medically necessary procedure by most insurance companies. Consult a board certified plastic surgeon to learn about financial and treatment options. ...Read more

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What are advantages and disadvantages of a lumpectomy and a mastectomy. please share any personal experience. does a mastectomy hurt a lot more than a lumpectomy?

What are advantages and disadvantages of a lumpectomy and a mastectomy. please share any personal experience. does a mastectomy hurt a lot more than a lumpectomy?

More side effects: A mastectomy is designed to remove the entire breast because of a large tumor that tends to extend into the surrounding breast tissue. The incision at best is transverse and about 10 cm. A lumpectomy is a wide biopsy leaving most of the breast tissue and used when the entire small lesion can be encompassed by the lumpectomy. The side effects here are minimal compared to mastectomy. ...Read more

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Exercise after a lumpectomy?

Prevent recurrence: There's growing evidence that exercise, weight loss and even fasting can increase cure rates and help in primary and secondary (recurrence) prevention of breast cancer. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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When should women have a lumpectomy?

See your doctor: Any breast mass needs evaluation by a doctor. Tests such as a mammogram or an ultrasound may be needed. The mass may need to be removed, which would be called a lumpectomy. However, not all breast masses are best treated by lumpectomy. Your doctor will give you advice about the treatment options that are suitable to your case. ...Read more

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What is involved with a lumpectomy ?

Removal of tissue: Lumpectomy is an excisional biopsy - removal of breast tissue-usually implying a breast cancer is involved and need to check margins. The site may be palpable or found by xray and needle localization - or by ultrasound. The tissue is then sent to pathology for examination and margin assestment. ...Read more

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What is normal recovery for a lumpectomy?

What is normal recovery for a lumpectomy?

"Days": Most women who undergo a lumpectomy may return to work in 2-3 days and be back to normal activities in a week (provided that was the only operation performed). The true "expert" to answer this question would be your surgeon since they may be aware of some nuances about you or your operation that may affect your recovery. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: lumpectomy?

Removal of lump: 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 supplemented by radiation therapy. ...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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I had a lumpectomy. What are the symptoms of seroma?

I had a lumpectomy. What are the symptoms of seroma?

Postop Breast Lump: A seroma is a fluid collection that (always) develops in open cavities after surgery. In time, your body will replace this fluid with scar tissue. Rarely, the fluid will persist and require needle aspiration, sometimes repeatedly. After a lumpectomy, a seroma will feel like a persistent breast lump. If this persists months later and is causing discomfort, aspiration is indicated. ...Read more

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Will a lumpectomy remove muscle?

Will  a lumpectomy remove muscle?

Generally not: Lumpectomy for breast cancer is a surgical procedure to remove a small breast cancer and some surrounding normal healthy tissue to be sure the tumor is gone. Generally chest wall muscle is not removed unless the tumor is attached to the muscle. ...Read more

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more