Sometimes a surgical biopsy is necessary. A very common procedure is a surgical excision with preoperative needle localization. In patients with cancer, a lumpectomy is an excellent approach. With non palpable disease, a similar localizing procedure is performed.
What should you expect on the day of surgery, and, how is the recovery?
Surgery days are very stressful and emotional for patients and their families. Sometimes, what is discussed at the time of the consult, can be forgotten, so, here is an outline of what happens that day: