Women who develop a cancerous lump in the breast may be advised to undergo a lumpectomy. This is the complete removal of the lump as well as the removal of tissue surrounding it to prevent cancerous cells from proliferating. This type of procedure is also known as a partial mastectomy as some healthy tissue may be removed as a consequence of removing the cancerous cells. The procedure can be performed on males or females who develop a cancerous lump in the breast region and can prevent the spread of cancer into the lymph nodes and other organs. In women, it can also preserve the breast as complete mastectomy may not be necessary. As the procedure can be traumatic it can be performed under general anaesthetic but some prefer to opt for local anaesthetic. Although this type of procedure carries lower risks than more invasive surgeries, the potential for an accident or injury to occur is still present.
Potential risks of lumpectomy surgery
As with any type of surgical procedure, there are some risks involved. However, your surgeon will give you advice about this beforehand and is trained to reduce these risks where possible. Patients may experience a loss of sensation in the breast or some numbness, but this may be temporary. There may also be a slight change in the size or shape of the breast which was operated on. In rare cases, negligence may cause an injury or illness to a patient. You may sustain an infection during surgery or you may have excessive scarring if the surgical procedure was not performed correctly. If this occurs or you feel that a medical professional was negligent in some other way, you may be able to win some compensation.
How to make your lumpectomy surgery claim
You can start by giving Accident Advice Helpline a call on our free 24-hour line to speak with one of our expert team about your case. Should you have sustained an injury or illness as a result of a botched lumpectomy, you may be able to win some compensation to help you cope with medical costs and any loss of wages incurred. As we operate on a no win, no fee** basis, you will not incur any fees unless we win your case. We have been in business for years therefore, we have helped thousands of people just like you who have been victims of medical negligence.
Date Published: July 11, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Medical negligence claim