Being diagnosed with breast cancer can be devastating to deal with for any person. However, decisions need to be taken without wasting any time and if lumpectomy procedure is the decision that has been taken, knowing as much about it as possible is the best way to go forward.
What it does
This is a surgical procedure that removes a small part of the breast tissue if it is suspected that it is cancerous or it is actually cancerous. There are other names associated with this procedure such as partial mastectomy or breast conservation surgery. A surgical oncologist is the professional who will be qualified to perform this procedure. The good news is that this procedure can take place on an outpatient or inpatient basis depending on the condition of the patient or what the patient prefers. If general anesthesia is used during the surgery, the patient will be expected to stay overnight in the hospital. If it is done using local anesthesia, she can be expected to go home the very same day of the surgery. Deciding who this procedure is meant for is important. Usually it is the right choice for women who have found that a small part of the breast tissue is cancerous and the cancer can be contained if that particular tissue is got rid of. Women who have a larger amount of breast tissue which has been found to be cancerous are not ideal candidates for this surgery. Such a procedure may not suffice and there may be the need to go for a mastectomy or the full removal of breast tissue.
Another point in favor of lumpectomy is that it is less disfiguring than a full masectomy and hence many women may prefer it. However, it may also be found after a lumpectomy procedure that all the cancer cells have not been gotten rid of and therefore a full mastectomy may be required.
What happens after the surgery
After the lumpectomy is over and done with, it is time to recuperate. After the patient revives when the effects of anesthesia wear off, the patient will have a drain placed under the underarm to collect the excess fluid. Dissolvable sutures will be slowly but surely be absorbed by the body. If there are standard sutures that have to be removed, it will usually be done after a couple of weeks after the surgery. It will take at least 3 to 4 weeks for the patient to recover from the surgery and hence enough rest must be taken during that time. In the first 2 or 3 days, pain can be expected but it will start going away after that time. All sorts of bouncing movement during the recovery period are to be avoided including walking fast or running. The focus should be on recovering as soon as possible.
Getting a lumpectomy procedure done is a life-changing decision as it offers a new lease of life to a person who has been diagnosed with the dreaded cancer.