Breast Cancer Surgery: Procedure, Types, Recovery And Cost

Breast cancer surgery is a major component of breast cancer treatment that involves removing cancer with an operation. Breast cancer surgery is done alone or in combination with other treatments like chemotherapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy and radiation therapy. In women where there is a very high risk of breast cancer, breast cancer surgery may be an option to reduce the risk of developing future breast cancer. 

Breast cancer surgery includes different procedures, which are the following:

  • Surgery to remove the complete breast (mastectomy)
  • Surgery to remove a portion/part of the breast tissue (lumpectomy)
  • Surgery to remove nearby lymph nodes
  • Surgery to reconstruct a breast after mastectomy

The decision that which breast cancer operation is best for you depends on the size and stage of your cancer, other treatment options, and your goals and preferences. Breast cancer surgery is performed to remove cancer cells from your breast. For those who choose breast reconstruction surgery, a procedure to place breast implants or reconstruct a breast from your own tissue (flap surgery) may also be done at the same time or in a later operation.

Breast Cancer Surgery Types

There are different types of breast surgery, and it may be performed for different reasons, depending on the situation. 

  • Breast reconstruction with flap surgery - a surgical procedure that restores shape to your breast after a mastectomy
  • Breast reconstruction with implants -  a surgical procedure that restores shape to your breast after a mastectomy by using breast implants
  • Lumpectomy -  a surgery in which only the part of the breast containing the cancer is removed. The goal is to remove cancer as well as some surrounding normal tissue.
  • Mastectomy - a surgical procedure in which the entire breast is removed, including all the breast tissue and sometimes other nearby tissues. 
  • Sentinel node biopsy - a surgical procedure used to determine whether cancer has spread beyond a primary tumor into your lymphatic system. It's used most commonly in evaluating breast cancer and melanoma.

Your doctor recommends a certain operation based on your breast cancer features and your medical history, or you may have a choice about which surgery type you're considering.

Breast Cancer Surgery Recovery

After breast cancer surgery, you can expect to:

  • Be taken to a recovery room where your blood pressure, pulse and breathing will be monitored.
  • Have a dressing (bandage) over the surgery site
  • You may feel pain, numbness and a pinching sensation in your underarm area
  • Follow your doctor's instructions and take care of your incision and drains, recognizing signs of infection, and understanding activity restrictions
  • Be given prescriptions for pain medication and possibly an antibiotic.
  • Resume your regular diet
  • Shower the day after surgery

You will have to spend one night in the hospital after undergoing mastectomy and also if you had breast reconstruction. If you undergo mastectomy without reconstruction or lumpectomy, you may leave the hospital the day of surgery.

Breast Cancer Surgery Cost In Pakistan

Breast cancer surgery cost in Pakistan ranges from PKR 100,000 to PKR 200,000. It varies depending upon the surgeon who performs the surgery, materials used and hospital expenditure/equipment.

Best Doctors for Breast Cancer Surgery In Pakistan

Below is the list of best doctors who perform breast cancer surgery in Pakistan. Find complete details, timings, patient reviews and contact information. Book appointment or take online video consultation with the listed doctors. Call at Marham helpline: 042-32591427 to schedule your appointment.

Dr. Shysta Shaukat

  • MBBS, FCPS (Gyn & Obs)
  • Gynecologist
  • Gynecology
  • Obstetrician
  • Infertility
  • High-risk cases of Obstetrics
  • review-img58 Positive Reviews
  • Lahore
  • PKR 1500
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat - 07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Available Today
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Dr. Shaheena Asif

  • MBBS,FCPS
  • Gynecologist
  • Gynecology
  • Obstetrician
  • Infertility
  • High-risk cases of Obstetrics
  • review-img74 Positive Reviews
  • Lahore
  • Rs. 2500 - 3500
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri - 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
  • Available Today
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Prof. Dr. Syed Imran Hussain Andrabi

  • MBBS, FCPS (Pak), FRCS (Ire), Intercollegiate Specialty Board Certified FRCS in General Surgery
  • General Surgeon
  • Breast surgery
  • Hernia
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Pilonidal Sinus Surgery
  • Varicose Vein Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Diabetic Foot Care
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Laparoscopic & General Surgery
  • review-img93 Positive Reviews
  • Lahore
  • PKR 2500
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat - 04:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Available Today
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Dr. Maryam Jamil

  • MBBS, FCPS(General Surgery),MRCS(Medicine)
  • General Surgeon
  • Fissure fistula
  • Breast Cancer Surgery
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • review-img11 Positive Reviews
  • Lahore
  • PKR 2500
  • Fri, Sat - 02:30 PM - 05:00 PM
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Dr. Aatif Inam Shami

  • MBBS, FCPS(PAK), FRCSEd (UK), Consultant Laparoscopic & Bariatric Surgeon
  • General Surgeon
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • laparoscopy
  • review-img4 Positive Reviews
  • Islamabad
  • PKR 1500
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri - 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
  • Available Today
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