In cases of early-stage breast cancer, a lumpectomy surgically removes abnormal or cancerous tissue from the breast. To ensure the complete removal of the at-risk cells, a small surgical margin of healthy surrounding tissue is also removed.
To ensure the best outcome for your lumpectomy surgery, you will want to let Dr. Gigena know about any medications or supplements you are taking. If anything could interfere with the healing process, he will discuss a plan with you. Generally, to prepare for your surgery, we recommend that you:
- Stop taking blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin, at least one week before surgery to prevent the risk of bleeding
- Refrain from eating or drinking for 8 to 12 hours prior to your surgery
- Bring a companion to receive postoperative instructions and drive you home