The From Breast Cancer Health Center: 10 Questions to Ask the Breast Cancer Surgeon

  1. Why are you recommending this procedure?
  2. What are the risks? How do they compare with the benefits?
  3. How do I prepare for surgery?  Is there a special bra I should purchase?
  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:

  1. Specific instructions to follow in the days before surgery
  2. An overview of the surgical procedures
  3. Information about recovery, follow-up care and products you may need

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