Wrong lump!

Hello all, after going through a pretty traumatic surgery - I went into anaphylactic shock due to an allergic reaction - I’ve just gone back today to get my results.

I was told - oh dear it seems we removed the wrong lump! The results of what we did remove were benign!

So now I have to go through this all again, another operation - except, I can’t have any operation until I know what causes my anaphylaxis!

I feel like I’m going insane. How am a trained surgeon remove the wrong lump? I saw a post on here from 2009 where this happened, but I wondered if this has happened to anyone else recently. I just do not understand why, after biopsies, mammograms, ultrasounds and MRIs that surgeons take out the wrong thing!

I’ve had 2 weeks of stress awaiting my results but now I’m in fresh hell as I’m back to where I was last year, except with a mutilated breast, missing lymph nodes and a complete lack of trust for the NHS.

Has anyone else out there been through a 2nd op to get “ the right lump?” Is this common?

Grateful for any responses.


I don’t know what to say beyond I’m shocked and horrified. You didn’t mention the results of the lymph node biopsy though. Did any of them have cancer? Because if not the time factor is more favorable to you. Either way though I think I would contact whoever is in charge at the hospital and ask for a corrective surgery immediately. Granted they need to know what caused your shock but they need to get on that, too. Hopefully the lump they need to remove is very near what’s already removed so they can just go into the previous incision. 

Also, I think it bares asking but are they sure they removed the wrong lump? Could your biopsy results be the one that’s mistaken?

Bunty b

i am shocked ! , what were your biopsy results ? Was it a small area they were looking at ? . Might it be that it was a benign lump after all?  Let’s hope so x

Oh my goodness this is terrible.  No wonder you are angry, anyone who has been through what you have would be too.  I hope you get some answers and they get you sorted quickly.  Sending a BIG VIRTUAL HUG