Dec 26, 2007 06:02PM JapanLynn wrote:
Thought I'd write and share my experience w/ surgery in August (my first hospital experience, by the way). I had to be at the hospital at 10:30, and surgery was scheduled for 2:00. After I got changed, I was offered a valium, which I took gratefully. Then it was off to mammography (my family stayed in my room...close quarters in the mammo area). There they did the wire thing--a shot in the breast to numb me up, and then the radiologist inserted the wire; didn't feel a thing. They put a paper cup over the wire...kind of weird and funny-looking.
Back to the room for awhile, and then I was taken to nuclear medicine for the SNB mapping procedure. I've read on this board that lots of people are given some kind of topical numbing cream, but not me. The radiologist said he couldn't give me a numbing shot because it would interfere w/ the dye in some way. I won't lie--I got 4 shots in the nipple and it hurt, but just briefly.
Back to the room w/ family, w/ visits from the surgeons and anesthesiologist. Then I was escorted to surgery, and I remember nothing else until the recovery room. I spent the night at the hospital and went home the next morning.
Re: pain afterward...I asked for a couple of pain meds during the night, but it really wasn't too bad; my surgeon had told me to keep in front of the pain, rather than wait to ask for meds. Truthfully, I was pretty sore for about a day (the SNB site was more sore than the lumpectomy site), but nothing major. I continued to take the pain meds for a few days, but probably could have done without them after the first day.
BTW, I peed a beautiful robins-egg blue for a couple of days from the dye. :-)
I was surprised at how quickly I felt like myself...lots of naps for a few days, but that was from the anesthesia aftereffects. Hope this helps. Best of luck to you!