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Mar 3, 2020 05:54AM
Ditto what Ingerp said. I've had several of these and it is an easy surgery. I've always taken it easy for the rest of the day and have been back to most of my normal activities the next day, just being careful to not do anything that might affect my chest area - no lifting stuff or carrying heavy bags, or stretching/reaching etc.. Back in the days when they were more generous with prescribing serious pain meds, I recall getting a prescription but only using one pill before switching off to extra strength Tylenol, saving the good meds for when I really needed them (like the time I cracked a molar - now that was painful!).
The bathing instructions will depend on the type of covering that your doctor uses. In some cases the patient is told to not shower until the surgical covering is removed. However when I've had incisions that were covered with clear surgical tape (Tegaderm), even my mastectomy, I've been allowed to shower the next day. I think when I had steristrips after an excisional biopsy, I've also been allowed to shower but told to not get the water directly onto the incision. Not sure, but in any case, you should be given instructions before you leave the hosptial, and if you aren't be sure to ask.
As for general anaesthesia, I've had that for all but one of my excisional biopsies, and many times for other surgeries and procedures. It used to be that I would puke the instant that I would awake from the anaesthesia, but these days the anaesthesiologist can take care of that with meds that they give you at the same time as the anaesthesia. Since I've been telling the anaesthesiologist about this problem, it's never happened again. I would still always get a single wave of nausea a few hours after I awoke, but when I told the anaesthesiologist about this the last time, he gave me something else and for the first time ever, even that didn't happen. I was fine after surgery, and never got nauseous later - I kept waiting for it to happen and it never did. So if you know or think that this might be a problem, just let the anaesthesiologist know. He/she should be able to reduce the likelihood of your getting sick from the anaesthesia.
The one warning I'll give you is not for the surgery and immediate recovery, but for a few days or weeks later. As the breast tissue fills in and the nerves regenerate, you may get either some mild aches or some sharp pains in your breast. As long as your breast looks and feels fine (no warmness or redness), it's normal.
Good luck! You'll be fine!
Dx 9/15/2005 Right, 7cm+, DCIS-Mi, Stage IA, Gr 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR- ** Dx 01/16/2019 Left, 8mm, IDC, Stage IA, Gr 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) ** Surgery 11/30/2005 MX Right, 03/06/2019 MX Left ** Hormonal Therapy 05/2019 Letrozole