What is a lumpectomy?
A lumpectomy is a surgical procedure in which cancer or other abnormal tissues are removed from the body.
Why do I need a lumpectomy?
The aim of a lumpectomy is to remove cancerous or abnormal tissue from the body. Lumpectomies are an effective way of treating local tumours.
What happens during a lumpectomy?
A lumpectomy is usually performed under general anaesthetic so you will not be awake during the procedure. Your surgeon will make a careful incision over the affected area and remove the lump and sometimes part of the surrounding tissue. Your surgeon will then close the incision. Your stitches (sutures) will either be removed by your doctor at a later date, or dissolve on their own.
Risks and potential complications from a lumpectomy
The following risks and potential complications are associated with having a lumpectomy:
- Formation of excessive scar tissue at the surgical site (keloid)
- Temporary swelling
What is the cost of a lumpectomy?
A lumpectomy is a procedure that performed in public and private hospitals. A portion of the cost for your lumpectomy may be covered by your private health insurance and you should discuss this with your provider.
Please contact the Sydney GI Surgery team to discuss your needs and for an accurate assessment of the cost involved.
Recovery from a lumpectomy
Immediately after your surgery you will be taken to a recovery room, where your vital signs will be monitored.
You should be able to go home within a few hours, or as soon as your condition is stable.
After surgery, you will have:
- A medical dressing / bandage over the surgical site
- Prescriptions for pain medication
- Written instructions about post-surgical care
- A follow-up appointment with your doctor.
Most people can return to their normal activities within a week. Medications may be prescribed to help you manage any pain during this time.