Questions to Ask Your Surgeon

It is important to have a clear understanding of your surgical options before deciding on the best treatment plan for you. At Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin, we find that many patients do not know what types of questions to ask. We want to make sure you have all of the information you need, so we have put together a list of questions for you!

We encourage you to download these questions and bring this questionnaire to your office visit.

Top Questions

  1. What type of cancer do I have and how serious is it?
  2. What are my surgical options, and why?
  3. Am I a candidate for Hidden Scar Mastectomy or Hidden Scar Lumpectomy? Are you trained in Hidden Scar procedures?
  4. Is the cancer recurrence rate the same with skin sparing or nipple sparing mastectomy compared to a simple mastectomy? After reconstruction will both of my breasts look the same?
  5. What will my scars look like?

Additional Appointment Questions by Topic

Questions about your cancer

  • What type of cancer do I have?
  • How large is the cancer?
  • Has the cancer spread?

Questions about pre-operative treatment

  • Do I need a second opinion?
  • What kind of treatment do I need?
  • Should I have a breast MRI?
  • Is my cancer genetic?
  • Do I need to be tested for breast cancer genes?
  • How quickly do I need surgery?

Questions about lumpectomy

  • If I have a lumpectomy, can the cancer come back in my breast?
  • Is lumpectomy as effective as mastectomy?
  • Am I a candidate for a Hidden Scar lumpectomy?
  • Will I need lymph node surgery if I have a lumpectomy?
  • What is the risk of lymphedema if you take out my lymph nodes?
  • Are you trained in Hidden Scar Lumpectomy techniques?

Questions about mastectomy

  • Are there different kinds of mastectomies?
  • Can you save my nipple?
  • Am I a candidate for skin-sparing or nipple-sparing mastectomy?
  • Am I a candidate for Hidden Scar mastectomy?
  • Are you trained in Hidden Scar techniques?
  • Can the cancer come back after mastectomy?

Questions about post-operative treatment

  • Do I need radiation and/or chemotherapy?
  • Will I need a second operation? If so, when?
  • Will I need plastic surgery?
  • What are my breast reconstruction options?
  • Who performs breast reconstruction?
  • After breast reconstruction, will both of my breasts look the same?
  • What will my scars look like?

Questions about life after surgery

  • How long will I be in the hospital after my surgery?
  • Is my other breast at risk of cancer?
  • When can I go back to work?
  • How often do I have to come back and have a follow-up?
  • How often should I get a mammogram?
  • When people look at me will they know I have had a mastectomy?
  • What will my scars look like?

Want more information on Hidden Scar Procedures? Visit breastcancersurgery.com to learn more.