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Lumpectomy Side Effects and Warnings

Written by FoundHealth.

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a lumpectomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Accumulation of blood in the wound
  • Accumulation of clear fluid in the wound
  • Infection
  • Numbness of the nipple or underarm skin
  • Change in the size and/or shape of the breast
  • Blood clots
  • Reaction to anesthesia

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Obesity
  • Poor nutrition
  • Smoking
  • Recent or long-term illness
  • Use of certain medicines
  • Characteristics of the tumor to be removed

Call Your Doctor

After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • 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
  • Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medicines you were given after surgery or that persist for more than two days after discharge from the hospital
  • Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
  • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
  • Depression
  • New, unexplained symptoms

If you think you have an emergency, CALL 911.

 
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