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What is a Lumpectomy?

A lumpectomy is the removal of breast tissue or “lump” of tissue, normally in treatment of a malignant tumor or breast cancer. This type of surgery is a form of “breast-conserving” surgery where only part of your breast is removed. There are several different names for this type of procedure including biopsy, partial mastectomy, re-excision, and quadrantectomy. Different amounts of tissue are removed in each individual case. It is important to have a good understanding of how much of your tissue will be removed before you go in for your procedure. Your doctor should be able to answer all of your questions and concerns before the day of the surgery.

What to Expect

Lumpectomy surgery typically takes under an hour to perform. During the surgery, an incision will be made on your breast near the lump, and the lump will be removed. In most cases, you will be discharged the same day to recover in the comfort of your own home. Once home, it is important to take your prescribed medications for pain management and to follow your doctor’s recovery directions. This includes taking care of your bandage properly, exercising your arm, and getting rest.

If you have specific questions about lumpectomy surgery contact Dr. Timms to schedule a consultation.