After the Procedure
Post removal of the lump, sometimes, a drain will be attached to the breast area or armpit to collect excess fluid that may gather in the space where the tumor was.
Patients generally recover completely at home in a few days after discharge. After surgery, patients will be prescribed pain-relieving medications. The doctor does the first bandage removal during the first follow-up visit. Dr. Monika will also counsel the patient and the family regarding the dressing and drain care at home. She will also teach how to recognize signs of infection. The stitches used are either self-dissolvable or surgical staples, which will be removed during first follow-up visit after inspection by the surgeon. Patients will also be taught simple exercises to prevent arm stiffness after surgery.