Breast-Conserving Surgery (Lumpectomy or Partial Mastectomy) for Breast Cancer
What To Expect After Surgery
A lumpectomy can be done with Reference local anesthesia Opens New Window if you are not having lymph nodes removed. If you are having lymph nodes removed or are having a partial mastectomy, you will have Reference general anesthesia Opens New Window.
After your surgery, you will be taken to a recovery room. A nurse will be able to help with any nausea, pain, or anxiety you might have.
Many people go home the day of the surgery, but you may stay in the hospital for a day or two. Your doctor or nurse will give you instructions on pain control and caring for the surgical wound. Typically, you can remove the bandage and take a shower on the day after surgery. You can wear a bra if it is comfortable. Some doctors recommend wearing a bra day and night for a few days for support.
Most people are able to get back to normal activity within a few days. But be sure to wait for your doctor to tell you when you can start with more strenuous physical activity. This will depend on the extent of the surgery and on other treatment you might be having.
If you are going to have radiation therapy, it will not start until the wound heals. This usually takes at least 2 weeks.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: June 28, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Douglas A. Stewart, MD - Medical Oncology