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Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will review problems that may happen, such as:
- Numbness and loss of feeling
- Breasts that do not match in size or shape
- Anesthesia problems
- Lymphedema —swelling of the arm caused by a build up of fluid in the lymph nodes
- Excess bleeding
- Build up of blood or fluid
Some factors that may raise the risk of problems are:
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a (Partial Mastectomy; Segmentectomy; Tylectomy)
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