Leigh A Neumayer, MD, MS, FACS
Marga Massey, MD
Galen Poole, MD, FACS
Mary L Windle, PharmD
Lee P Shulman, MD
IN THIS ARTICLE
The risks involved with lumpectomy are typical of any surgical procedure. These include infection, bleeding, and damage to nearby tissues. General anesthesia is also associated with some risk, although rare. Fewer than 1% of women who are generally healthy experience a serious complication from general anesthesia.
The following are additional medical and cosmetic risks associated with lumpectomy:
Risk factors associated with radiation therapy include the following:
Some women may also become depressed following lumpectomy. These women should contact their doctor for professional referrals or support resources.
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