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Topic: Surgery Tomorrow...

Forum: Surgery - Before, During, and After — Surgical options and helpful tips for recovery and side effects.

Posted on: Sep 13, 2021 06:08AM - edited Sep 13, 2021 07:09AM by macdebbie

macdebbie wrote:

The day is finally near. Surgery tomorrow. And I'm a nervous wreck..

Dx 7/29/2021, IDC, Right, <1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/13/2021 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Hormonal Therapy
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Sep 13, 2021 06:47AM Moderators wrote:

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Sep 13, 2021 10:51AM LW422 wrote:

Good luck tomorrow, macdebbie. I wish you the very best outcome from surgery and an easy recovery. Hugs.

Dx 1/20/2021, IDC/IBC, Right, <1cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 0/32 nodes, ER-/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/7/2021 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 8/23/2021 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 10/4/2021
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Sep 13, 2021 01:13PM AliceBastable wrote:

If you're having a lumpectomy, you might be surprised how easy it is to get through. I felt fine afterwards, just a little sore from the Iron Maidenform bra I had to wear for 48 hours. But I felt good enough to go to lunch with friends (pre-Covid) while I still had it on. I highly recommend zip-up athletic bras with firm cup inserts for a couple weeks. I had hardly any bruising or swelling because I wore them 24/7.

Endometrial cancer 2010, basal cell multiples, breast cancer 2018, kidney cancer 2018. Boring. Hope it stays that way. Dx 5/2018, ILC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/11/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 8/8/2018 Radiation Therapy 10/29/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Sep 13, 2021 01:26PM macdebbie wrote:

Alicebastable, can you give me more specifics about the bras? I ordered @10 online (I don't want to go to a store because SC has the highest rate of COVID in the country right now. None of them fit right! So I'll have to make do with what I have. Hopefully it's enough.

But if you can give me info I can look online and see if I can order for next day delivery. I don't know what cup inserts are or what Iron Madienform is. I tried several Maidenform bras and none of them had enough coverage or support.

Dx 7/29/2021, IDC, Right, <1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/13/2021 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Hormonal Therapy
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Sep 13, 2021 07:21PM - edited Sep 13, 2021 07:24PM by AliceBastable

This bra. I got mine at Walmart at the time.


https://images.app.goo.gl/GDFyajRcxyYSKCAE8



Endometrial cancer 2010, basal cell multiples, breast cancer 2018, kidney cancer 2018. Boring. Hope it stays that way. Dx 5/2018, ILC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/11/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 8/8/2018 Radiation Therapy 10/29/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Sep 13, 2021 08:36PM Roo73 wrote:

Macdebbie, I myself was surprised at how smoothly things went. They spend so much time inserting clips and wires that the actual time under anesthesia is very short, and the incision is very small, because they've already figured out where to go. I can't speak to your case, but I had two lesions in different areas, and I think I was under for an hour and a bit.

I thanked the surgeon later and told him that I had envisioned all sorts of terrible worst-case Frankenstein-like scar in my mind, and he said “I'm sorry to disappoint you…” :-)

People seem to agree that the relief at having the lesion gone makes it all seem worthwhile.

We're all different, but that was my experience. I hope it can help you, and that you have a speedy surgery leading to a quick recovery, and negative margins! Take some time to look after yourself, even if the recovery is not so bad. You've had a stressful time.

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Sep 13, 2021 08:40PM Roo73 wrote:

Oh, and if you're having wire insertion and it hurts, ask for more lidocaine or whatever it is. Just let them know.

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