Questions to Ask Your Surgeon

Questions to Ask Your Surgeon

It is natural to be a little anxious about your breast cancer surgery. However, discussing any apprehensions with the doctor will make you more confident. Here are a few questions that you may like to ask your surgeon:

  • Which surgery would you advise for me?
  • How will this choice be better than other options?
  • Will it involve removal of my breast and if so to what extent would it alter the structure of my breast?
  • What are the probable risks and side effects involved in the entire procedure?
  • Am I at a greater risk if I choose to delay the surgery or not have it all?
  • What kind of anesthesia will you give me?
  • What risks does anesthesia pose?
  • What will be the procedure for surgical incisions?
  • If I need to have a lymph node dissection how many lymph nodes will be removed?
  • How should I take care of my arm after this dissection during the surgery?
  • Will you (the surgeon) check on me soon after the surgery?
  • Can I stay back in the hospital for a night after the surgery if I don’t feel comfortable enough to go back home?
  • How soon can I recover and return back to my daily schedules?
  • Do you recommend any special diet, exercises or physiotherapy for the recovery period?
  • How often should I visit you for follow up care after the surgery?
  • When do you plan to start the post surgery treatments (if any)?
  • Will I be able to go for a safe breast reconstruction operation after mastectomy?
  • By when should I expect to get my pathology test reports after the surgery and how will they be conveyed to me?
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