We didn't get any directions about what to do to care for the wound after my lumpectomy on Monday. After the biopsy, the women's center was very diligent about after care--had to go back to have the bandage removed, check for hematoma, and get directions on what else to do. Not so with this surgery. Should I just do the same as with the biopsy--neosporin and cover with gauze to protect clothing? Or do you just leave it alone?
My followup appointment with the surgeon is not until Nov. 12. I could ask his office staff, but, frankly, they don't know much about anything except scheduling appointments.
Well when my mother had her surgery she had a drain as well, but as far as the wound I cleaned it with peroxide and then put antibiotic ointment on it and covered it back up so her bra wouldn't irritate it. I hope that helps!
I had a lumpectomy done 6 weeks ago. The stitches remained in for one week and were removed on the first postop exam with my surgeon. After the surgery there was a bandage in place which I was told to remove after 48 hrs. There were steri-strips around the incision which I was instructed to just let fall off on their own (did not need to protect them when showering etc.)
I wore a sports bra 24/7 for the first three days which helped provide support and eased some of the minor discomfort I experienced. I was told to examine the incision area for any signs of redness or inflammation which could be signs of infection. I had some minor bruising and the incision area remained hard and somewhat "lumpy" to touch for several weeks as the tissue healed.
Now, 6 weeks postop I have no problems and only a small "dip" in my breast tissue.
Thankfully, my results were benign intraductal papillomas which required no further treatment as no malignancy was found. I hope you have the same good results!
Best wishes for an uneventful recovery ---
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