Breast Cancer & Cosmetic Surgery | D B Ghosh

Preparing for a Lumpectomy: Essential Steps to Follow

Before undergoing a lumpectomy, preparing yourself mentally and physically for the procedure is essential. As you start this journey, here are some crucial steps to consider:

Consultation with your surgeon

Schedule a meeting with a breast surgeon a few days before your lumpectomy surgery. Prepare a list of questions covering all aspects of the procedure and its associated risks. This discussion will help alleviate any concerns and ensure you clearly understand what to expect.

Pre-surgical preparations

We will provide you with pre-surgical instructions to follow. Ensure you adhere to any dietary or medication restrictions outlined. It’s advisable to discontinue medications such as aspirin, blood thinners, and vitamin E at least a week before surgery to minimise the risk of bleeding.

Medication and supplement review

Please inform us about all medications, vitamins, and supplements you currently take to prevent any interactions during the surgery. For reference, make a comprehensive list of all prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, herbs, and minerals.

Fasting before surgery

Follow our instructions regarding fasting before the procedure, typically 8 to 12 hours prior, especially if you will be under general anaesthesia. Avoiding food and drink during this time is essential for a safe and successful surgery.

Arranging support

Arrange for a companion to accompany you on the day of surgery to provide emotional support and assistance. They may also be required to drive you home post-surgery, as the effects of anaesthesia may persist for several hours.

Preoperative assessments

As part of your preoperative assessments, you will undergo a thorough physical examination and necessary blood tests. We will review your medical history to assess any risk factors or contraindications for surgery, such as allergies or heart conditions.

Additional preoperative tests

Mr Ghosh may order additional tests, including mammography, urinalysis, clip placement to identify the tumour site, and ECG for patients over 50. These tests are essential for ensuring your safety during the procedure.

Preventive measures against blood clots

Since the surgery involves general anaesthesia, we will take precautions to reduce the risk of blood clots. You may be fitted with leg supports and encouraged to walk shortly after surgery to promote circulation and prevent clot formation.

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