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?