Defeat Your Fear and Learn More About Breast Cancer Surgery Side Effects

The prospect of breast cancer surgery can be scary and anxiety-producing. One of the most common sources of fear surrounds breast cancer surgery side effects. Whether it’s a breast cancer surgery mastectomy or a lumpectomy, not knowing what to expect can propel the mind into a minefield of worry. 

At General and Vascular Surgery, Dr. Rotkis is dedicated to eliminating the concerns of breast cancer surgery patients, without being condescending or minimizing patient fears. Going through breast cancer surgery is one of the bravest challenges many women will ever face. At GVS, we treat the whole woman—physically and emotionally, so that she can face her fears while feeling respected and comforted. 

What You Need to Consider About Breast Cancer Surgery Side Effects 

Breast cancer surgery side effects vary based on the type of breast surgery you have. Obviously, a more intensive breast cancer surgery, such as a double mastectomy, will have different potential side effects than a lumpectomy. In addition to varying types of surgery, additional factors that influence surgical side effects include whether you:

  • A young mother recovering from breast cancer snuggles with her daughter on the couch.Have had radiation prior to surgery
  • Have been diagnosed as obese
  • Have been diagnosed with diabetes
  • Have been or are currently a smoker
  • Have any underlying health condition

No matter what type of breast surgery your doctor recommends, it’s important for you to know that the mortality rate during a surgical process, or due to post-surgery complications is extremely minimal

Three of the Most Common Side Effects From Breast Surgery

Most surgeries come with some type of side effects, such as pain and discomfort. When it comes to many breast cancer surgeries, other common side effects during recovery include:

  • Infection

If you experience increased pain around the surgical site accompanied by leaking fluid, swelling, fever, or warmness to the touch, it may be a sign of infection. If you suspect that your incision site is infected, it’s important to contact your doctor immediately. 

  • Lymphoedema

Lymphodema refers to long-term swelling in the breast, arm, chest, armpit, or even the hand. Your surgeon may recommend exercise, special skincare regimens and massage, and/or the use of tight-fitting garments such as sleeves or bandages.

  • Seroma

When fluid collects in the area of the breast or armpit, it may indicate the presence of a seroma. If the seroma does not heal on its own and causes restricted movement, your doctor may suggest a minimally invasive procedure to remove the fluid. 

The Compassionate Care From Skilled Experts You Deserve

You deserve the best, most compassionate care when faced with having breast cancer surgery. Dr. Rotkis is known and praised for his utilization of state-of-the-art technology and advanced approaches like nipple and skin-sparing mastectomies. 

At GVS, our goal is to minimize side effects, help reduce your breast cancer surgery recovery time, and ensure your comfort and safety. 

Set up your consultation now, or call us at any time for questions regarding breast cancer surgery,  breast cancer surgery cost, and locations at 574-236-1888.

611 E. Douglas Rd, Suite 308
Mishawaka, IN 46545
South Bend
University Medical Plaza
6301 University Commons, Suite 340
South Bend, IN 46635
500 Arcade Ave., Suite 320
Elkhart, IN 46514