What questions should I ask my surgeon before my surgery?

  • What kind of surgery do you recommend for me and why?
  • How much of my breast will be removed?
  • Will I be able to have breast reconstruction?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of having reconstruction at the time of my initial surgery?
  • Will lymph nodes need to be removed?
  • Am I a candidate for a sentinel lymph node biopsy?
  • How many times have you performed this procedure?
  • Am I a candidate for chemotherapy before my surgery (called 'neo-adjuvant chemotherapy')?
  • What do I need to do to prepare for my surgery?
  • Should I meet with a plastic surgeon before the surgery to discuss reconstruction?
  • Will I have a local or general anesthetic?
  • Where will the scars be and what will they look like?
  • What side effects should I report to you?
  • Will I need to stay overnight in the hospital?
  • What kind of follow-up care will I need?
  • How long will I need to plan to miss work or limit other daily activities?