Is Reconstruction Necessary After Lumpectomy?

Do you need reconstructive surgery after a lumpectomy?

Most plastic surgeons recommend that you wait at least 6 months to 1 year after lumpectomy before having any surgical reconstruction.

This allows your tissues to heal and allows any distortion or asymmetry to stabilize..

How common is re excision after lumpectomy?

Re-excisions for negative margins There were patients who underwent a second surgery despite having negative margins (defined as no ink on tumor) after initial BCS. Among the 196 patients with negative margins, 37 (18.9%) underwent re-excision (either re-excision lumpectomy or completion mastectomy, Fig. 1).

Is a lumpectomy major surgery?

A lumpectomy is a common but major surgery with significant risks and potential complications. You may have more effective treatment options for your type and stage of breast cancer. You may also have less invasive treatment options for noncancerous tumors.

How much does breast reconstruction cost?

That said, the cost of one breast implant is around $10,000, which often seems like an overwhelming amount of money for a breast cancer patient. Fortunately, there are a number of financial options to cover the expense.

What should I wear after lumpectomy surgery?

What to bring. A button-down or loose fitting shirt. A supportive bra, such as a sports bra, to wear after your surgery.

What is the recovery time for a lumpectomy?

Recovery from a lumpectomy is different for every woman. Healing time after surgery can range anywhere from a few days to a week. After a lumpectomy without a lymph node biopsy, you’re likely to feel well enough to return to work after two or three days.

What does a breast look like after a lumpectomy?

With lumpectomy, the breast looks as close as possible to how it did before surgery. Most often, the general shape of the breast and the nipple area are preserved.

How do you sleep after a lumpectomy?

You may want to sleep on the side that has not been operated on. A woman may want to use a pillow to support the affected breast while lying on her side. Avoid strenuous activities, such as biking, jogging, weightlifting, or aerobic exercise, for 1 month or until your doctor says it is okay.

Will I have a drain after lumpectomy?

Caring for a surgical drain: If you have a drain in your breast area or armpit, the drain might be removed before you leave the hospital. Sometimes, however, a drain stays inserted until the first follow-up visit with the doctor, usually 1-2 weeks after surgery.

What is the success rate of a lumpectomy?

Ten years after diagnosis, disease-specific survival rates were: 94% for women who got lumpectomy plus radiation. 90% for women who got mastectomy alone. 83% for women who got mastectomy plus radiation.

Does insurance cover reconstruction after lumpectomy?

Breast reconstruction procedures should be covered by your health insurance plan, whether they are done right away, soon after mastectomy/lumpectomy, or many years later. This includes procedures that may be needed over time to refine the reconstructed breast and/or to create symmetry (balance) between the two breasts.

Does breast tissue grow back after lumpectomy?

In most instances, all of your breast tissue is removed during a mastectomy. As a result, it is extremely unlikely that your breast tissue will grow back after the procedure. Fortunately, you can undergo breast reconstruction to restore a natural breast appearance.

When can you drive after lumpectomy?

You may drive when you are no longer taking pain medicine and can use your arm without pain. Talk to your doctor about when to start driving, especially if you are having radiation treatments. You will probably be able to go back to work or your normal routine in 1 to 3 weeks.

What are the side effects of a lumpectomy?

Lumpectomy is a surgical procedure that carries a risk of side effects, including:Bleeding.Infection.Pain.Temporary swelling.Tenderness.Formation of hard scar tissue at the surgical site.Change in the shape and appearance of the breast, particularly if a large portion is removed.

How do you treat a lumpectomy scar?

Silicone gel sheets and silicone gel may help to heal a scar, reducing its size and colour, and making it feel softer. The sheet or gel covers the scar and moisturises it. You can get silicone gel products through your GP (local doctor) or hospital team on prescription, or buy it direct from pharmacies.