How is the patient positioned for lumpectomy?

Updated: Dec 24, 2019
  • Author: Kanchan Kaur, MBBS, MS (GenSurg), MRCSEd; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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The patient is positioned supine on the table.

The arms should be stretched out in line with the shoulder on an armboard. This is particularly helpful for upper outer quadrant lumps.

For lumps in the upper half of the breast, the head end of the table can be tilted up by 30-40 degrees.

For tumors in the outer half of the breast, tilt the patient toward the opposite side to the one being operated upon.

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