Lumpectomy is surgery in which only the tumor and some surrounding tissue are removed. In the following pages, you can learn more about lumpectomy, lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy, what is expected from a lumpectomy and questions to ask your surgeon. Lumpectomy is the removal of the breast tumor (the “lump”) and some normal tissue surrounding it. When the patient regained consciousness after a lumpectomy (one surgical procedure in patients with breast cancer), surgeon or nurse will give you information about the postoperative recovery that includes:
Drinking Pain Killer
Patients will be given anti-pain medication in the recovery room, and usually the surgeon will also prescribe when a patient leaves the hospital.
Caring bandages (dressings)
Ask your surgeon how to take care bandages lumpectomy. Sometimes, the surgeon will ask the patient to wait until the first follow-up visit after surgery so that he can lift the bandage.
Caring Drain (Surgical Drain)
If the patient has a drain in the breast or underarm area, then drain can be removed before the patient leaves the hospital. But sometimes, drain remains installed until the first follow-up visit with the doctor, usually 1-2 weeks after surgery.
Stitches and Staples
Most surgeons use sutures (sutures / stitches) that dissolve or blend with the patient’s body over time, so it is not necessary to remove the stitches.
Exercising The arm
The surgeon will usually show some routine exercises that can be done after surgery to prevent stiffness of arm and shoulder on the side where the lumpectomy surgery.