HOW LONG DOES A LUMPECTOMY TAKE?
A lumpectomy usually takes about an hour and is performed on an outpatient basis in a clinic or hospital.
IS A LUMPECTOMY PAINFUL?
The surgeon will use a local anesthetic. Post-operative pain is usually minimal after surgery, and goes away in a few days.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER FROM A LUMPECTOMY?
You can begin non-strenuous work the day after a biopsy. You will be advised not to jog or lift heavy things for 1 to 2 weeks. Your incision should heal completely in 1 month.
WHAT WILL MY BREAST LOOK LIKE AFTER THE LUMPECTOMY?
When a small lump is removed, there is a good chance your breast will look normal but have a slight scar when it has healed. Larger lumps or complications may leave a more noticeable incision scar and perhaps an indentation. Sometimes there is firmness under the incision that takes several months to heal.