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10 Questions for Your Breast Cancer Surgeon

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    1. Why are you recommending this procedure? What are the options?
    2. What are the risks? How do they compare with the benefits?
    3. How do I prepare for surgery?
    4. What type of anesthesia will I have?
    5. What happens during and right after surgery?
    6. Who do I talk to about breast reconstruction?
    7. How long will I be in the hospital?
    8. Are there any complications?
    9. When can I go back to work and resume normal activities?
    10. What are the risks of lymphedema?

    Before surgery, your surgeon should provide:

    • Specific instructions to follow in the days before surgery
    • An overview of the surgical procedures
    • Information about recovery and follow-up care

    After surgery, watch for complications such as infection or lymphedema, swelling in your arm or hand. Call your doctor immediately if you see signs of swelling, a build-up of fluid, redness, or other symptoms of infection.

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    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Arnold Wax, MD on June 26, 2012
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