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Oct 8, 2009 10:06AM
I understand from your post that you have a fibroadenoma, not a confirmed breast cancer. In that case, I believe the surgery should be even easier than what I experienced.
I had a lumpectomy and a sentinel node biopsy (SNB) for BC. The only discomfort I experienced was due to the SNB where they removed two lymph nodes from under my arm. However, i controlled that easily with an ice pack and one or two tylenol the first few nights. The actual breast was a bit sore for a few days. Will you be having SNB?
I was given general anesthesia, so when I woke up, I felt nauseous and was given meds which took care of it. There are milder forms of anesthesia used now, which are even easier. You could inquire as to which type you will get.
The morning after the lumpectomy I was raring to go, I went out for brunch with a friend, did some walking, but still followed the precautions the nurse gave me like not raising my arm over my head or carrying anything heavy.
During the healing process in the weeks after lumpectomy, it is normal to feel twinges of sensation in your breast as the tissues repair themselves. This is a good thing, and not painful.
All the women I polled had no issues with their lumpectomies. Though I am sure there are some exceptions, I truly hope you have a swift and easy recovery! And good for you for being proactive and removing the lump..
I think you will be fine for a vacation. Check with your surgeon, but from my experience, a vacation would have been great. There are precautions you should follow like not carry anything over a certain number of pounds on the affected side etc.Again, you surgeon or nurse will fill you in.
I think you will feel great after the surgery is over. Let us know how it goes. Best wishes.
1/5/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage Ib, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-