Prior to Surgery
Before your surgery, it is important to educate yourself about options available to you. It is a great idea to have an active support team of friends and family who can help you sort the wealth of information available from the internet, media, and your medical team. Doctors are a source of information valued by the majority of patients as the most authoritative. After learning as much as you can about the various treatments, you are much better prepared to ask your doctor specific questions such as these:
What kind of surgery do you recommend for me?
How much of my breast will be removed?
What are the risks of this surgery?
What are the risks if I decide not to have the surgery?
Why do I need this particular procedure?
What kind of incision am I going to have?
Will I have a lymph node dissection? If so, how many lymph nodes do you anticipate removing?
What are my options for anesthesia?
Will you visit me following surgery?
How long can I expect to sty in the hospital?
What kind of follow-up care will I need?
How will I feel after surgery? Will I need pain medication?
How long will my recovery take?