(Partial Mastectomy; Segmentectomy; Tylectomy)
Reasons for Procedure
- Accumulation of blood in the wound
- Accumulation of clear fluid in the wound
- Lymphedema —swelling of the arm caused by accumulation of fluid in lymph nodes
- Numbness of the nipple or underarm skin
- Change in the size and/or shape of the breast
- Blood clots
- Reaction to anesthesia
- Poor nutrition
- Recent or long-term illness
- Use of certain medications
- Characteristics of the tumor to be removed
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Physical exam
- Fine needle biopsy to test the breast tissue for cancer
- Blood and urine tests
- Wire-localization procedure—if the tumor was visible on mammogram, but is not able to be felt, the doctor will use a wire to mark the tumor
Description of Procedure
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Immediately After Procedure
- Pain medications
- Antibiotics to prevent infection
- Medication to prevent blood clots
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
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- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
- If you have drains, report any problems that your doctor has discussed with you
- Oozing or discharge from nipples on either breast
- A lump, redness, or swelling in either breast
- If lymph nodes were removed: redness, warmth, swelling, stiffness, or hardness in the arm or hand
- Persistent nausea and/or vomiting
- Pain that you cannot control with the medications you've been given
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- Pain and/or swelling in your feet, calves, or legs
- New, unexplained symptoms
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- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 12/2014 -
- Update Date: 12/20/2014 -
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