Nov 17, 2008 06:19AM , edited Nov 17, 2008 06:25AM by leaf
My excision wasn't that big, though I later found they checked out inches away from the 'area of concern'.
I had twilight anesthesia. Due to unexpected delays, I was up (except for the time I was under anesthesia) for 24 hours straight. I work the graveyard shift (computer entry, carrying up to about 5 pounds). I went to work 24 hours after I got out of the recovery room. If I did it over again, I would probably want another day off. I was required to be off for 24 hours due to the anesthesia.
I think some people take a few days off.
For me, the best things to have post-op are a jog bra (especially one that opens in the front), and TINY ice packs that can fit into your bra. I found ice packs usually were better than pain meds (for me.) I am lucky because there's a freezer where I work, and so I could re-freeze the ice packs. I would get the pain med prescription filled, though. You don't want to need them in the middle of the night when you can't get the prescription filled. I mainly used them to get to sleep.
At surgery, they put on an Amazon-looking breast support. Breast jiggling caused pain for the first week or so. I didn't return to jogging for a few weeks. I wore the sports bra after the Amazonian breast support came off in a few days. I used plastic bags and tape to keep the breast support dry during showering. After the Amazon-breast support came off, I used my jog bra 24/7 for several weeks (except for showering.)
Most of the uncomfortable feelings for me were 'zinging' pains, which continued with decreasing frequency over time. If your breast looks horrible (swelling, colors) a few weeks after surgery, it will improve, just give it time. My breast turned all sorts of autumnal colors due to the different colors of the hemoglobin getting metabolized and re-absorbed. By 6-9 months, it looked completely normal except a faint pink scar.