We understand that a lumpectomy raises many questions for patients, from “How long does a lumpectomy take?” to “Can I skip radiation after a lumpectomy?” At Bedford Breast Center, our minimally invasive lumpectomy procedures remove cancerous tissue while preserving the appearance and sensation of your breast as much as possible.
This blog post will address some of the most frequently asked questions about a lumpectomy to help you better understand the procedure and make informed decisions about your treatment.
1. How Long Does a Lumpectomy Take?
The duration of a lumpectomy procedure varies depending on the individual case. Typically, the surgery is completed within a couple of hours. Our experienced breast cancer surgeons work diligently to target and remove the breast tumor along with a thin layer of healthy tissue surrounding it.
2. What Type of Anesthesia Is Used for a Breast Lumpectomy?
You’ll be placed under anesthesia so that you won’t experience any pain or discomfort during the procedure. The type of anesthesia used may vary depending on factors such as your overall health and the surgeon’s preference. At Bedford Breast Center, we work with skilled anesthesiologists who will carefully determine the most suitable anesthesia option for you. Our top priority is to ensure your safety and comfort throughout your surgery.
3. How Long Before I Can Wear a Bra After a Lumpectomy?
After a lumpectomy, allowing your body time to heal properly before wearing a bra is essential. The exact timing may vary depending on your individual healing process and your healthcare team’s recommendation. It’s generally advised to wait at least 4 to 6 weeks before wearing an underwire bra again.
During the initial recovery period, you’ll likely wear a soft, supportive camisole or a post-surgical bra provided by your healthcare team. These garments provide gentle compression and support while minimizing any discomfort or irritation to the surgical area.
4. Can I Skip Radiation After a Lumpectomy?
Radiation therapy may be recommended after a lumpectomy to reduce the risk of local recurrence. The decision to undergo radiation is based on various factors, including the size of the tumor, lymph node involvement, tumor grade, and individual characteristics. Your healthcare team will evaluate your case thoroughly and provide personalized recommendations regarding the need for radiation therapy.
5. Will I Need Reconstruction Surgery Afterward?
Most patients who undergo a lumpectomy don’t require additional reconstructive surgery. But if you’re not satisfied with the final appearance of your breast, we offer several reconstruction options. Your plastic surgeon will work with you to determine the best approach for improving your breast shape or contour if desired.
6. Will I Have a Noticeable Scar After a Lumpectomy?
Our surgeons make every effort to minimize the visibility of scars. Incisions for a lumpectomy are typically made in inconspicuous areas, such as natural creases and lines on the body. It’s important to follow proper incision care and scar management techniques to improve the appearance of scars over time.
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Breast cancer treatment is a journey, and at Bedford Breast Center, we’re dedicated to being your trusted partners throughout the process. If you’d like to speak with one of our skilled, experienced breast surgeons, call our Beverly Hills, CA, office today at (310) 278-8590 or reach out to us online.