Post-Operative Instructions

After Your Breast Biopsy

Return To Work: Per your doctor

Driving: No driving for 24 hours. Do not drive if you are taking pain medication other than Tylenol.

Physical Activity: Resume your normal activities when you feel comfortable. Avoid strenuous activity (weight lifting, tennis, etc.) at your surgical site for one week.

Bandage/Wound Care: Remove the dressing the morning after your surgery. There will be several strips of tape underneath- leave these in place. They will fall off on their own in 3-6 days. You may shower or bathe the morning after surgery. Afterwards, pat your incision dry with a towel. Place a clean gauze pad or bandaid over the incision for one more day. After this time, you will no longer need a dressing to cover your incision (though many patients feel more comfortable with a dressing if the incision is near a bra pressure point). Most patients are more comfortable if they wear a bra regularly for the first few days after surgery. Ice packs may help relieve the discomfort as well in the first 24 hours.

Medications:

  • Tylenol: 1-2 pills every four hours as needed for pain
  • Tylenol #3 with codeine: 1-2 pills every 4 hours as needed for pain
  • Percocet: 1-2 pills every 4 hours as needed for pain

Diet: No restrictions.

Special Instructions: Some bruising may occur- this will go away over time. Please call if you have a fever greater than 101, chills, redness at the incision site, excessive drainage from your wound, or severe pain not relieved by your pain medication.

Follow-up appointment: 7-10 days with your doctor. We will call you as soon as the pathology report is ready.

Please call your doctor at 703.717.4217 if you have any additional questions.

After Your Lumpectomy and Sentinel Node Excision:

Return To Work: Per your doctor

Driving: No driving for 24 hours. Do not drive if you are taking pain medication other than Tylenol or ibuprofen.

Physical Activity: Resume your normal activities when you feel comfortable. Avoid strenuous activity (weight lifting, tennis, etc.) at your surgical site for one week.

Bandage/Wound Care: Remove the dressings the morning after your surgery. There will be several strips of tape underneath- leave these in place. They will fall off on their own in 3-6 days. You may shower the morning after surgery. Afterwards, pat your incision dry with a towel. Place a clean gauze pad or bandaid over the incision for one more day. After this time, you will no longer need a dressing to cover your incision (though many patients feel more comfortable with a dressing if the incision is near a bra pressure point). Most patients are more comfortable if they wear a bra regularly for the first few days after surgery. Ice packs may help relieve the discomfort as well in the first 24 hours.

Medications:

  • Tylenol #3 with codeine: 1-2 pills every 4 hours as needed for pain
  • Percocet: 1-2 pills every 4 hours as needed for pain
  • Ibuprofen: 200-400mg every 4 hours as needed for pain

Diet: No restrictions.

Special Instructions: Some bruising may occur- this will go away over time. Please call if you have a fever greater than 101, chills, redness at the incision site, excessive drainage from your wound, or severe pain not relieved by your pain medication.

Follow-up Appointment: 7-10 days with your doctor.

Please call your doctor at 703.717.4217 if you have any additional questions.

After Your Mastectomy:

Return To Work: Per your doctor

Driving: No driving for 7 days. Do not drive if you are taking pain medication other than Tylenol or ibuprofen. Do not drive if your drains are still in place.

Physical Activity: Resume your normal activities when you feel comfortable. Avoid strenuous activity (weight lifting, tennis, etc.) at your surgical site for two weeks. Review arm exercises that were taught pre-operatively.

Bandage/Wound Care: There will be several strips of tape covering your incision- leave these in place. They will fall off on their own in 3-6 days. You may shower the morning after surgery. Afterwards, pat your incision dry with a towel. At this time, you will no longer need a dressing to cover your incision (though many patients feel more comfortable with a dressing for the first few days). Most patients are more comfortable if they wear a bra regularly for the first few days after surgery.

Drains: They will be removed in the office when the drainage is less than 30cc per day.

Medications:

  • Tylenol #3 with codeine: 1-2 pills every 4 hours as needed for pain
  • Percocet: 1-2 pills every 4 hours as needed for pain
  • Ibuprofen: 200-400mg every 4 hours as needed for pain

Diet: No restrictions.

Special Instructions: Some bruising may occur- this will go away over time. Please call if you have a fever greater than 101, chills, redness at the incision site, excessive drainage from your wound, or severe pain not relieved by your pain medication.

Follow-up Appointment: 7-10 days with your doctor.

Please call your doctor at 703.717.4217 if you have any additional questions.

After Your Mammotome Breast Biopsy:

Return To Work: Per your doctor

Driving: It is okay to drive afterwards unless you are taking pain medication other than Tylenol.

Physical Activity: Resume your normal activities when you feel comfortable. Avoid strenuous activity (weight lifting, tennis, etc.) at your surgical site for three days.

Bandage/Wound Care: Remove the dressing the morning after your procedure. There may be strips of tape underneath- leave these in place. They will fall off on their own in 3-6 days. You may shower or bathe the morning after the procedure. Place a clean gauze pad or band-aid over the site for one more day. After this time, you will no longer need a dressing, though many patients feel more comfortable with a dressing if the site is near a bra pressure point). Most patients are more comfortable if they wear a bra regularly for the first few days after the procedure. Ice packs may help relieve the discomfort as well in the first 24 hours.

Medications:

  • Tylenol: 1-2 pills every four hours as needed for pain
  • Ibuprofen: 200-400mg every six hours as needed for pain

Diet: No restrictions.

Special Instructions: Some bruising may occur- this will go away over time. Please call if you have a fever greater than 101, chills, redness at the incision site, or severe pain not relieved by your pain medication.

Follow-up Appointment: 7-10 days with your doctor. We will call you as soon as the pathology report is ready.

Please call your doctor at 703.717.4217 if you have any additional questions.

After Your Mammosite Catheter Placement:

Return To Work: Per your doctor

Driving: It is okay to drive afterwards unless you are taking pain medication other than Tylenol.

Physical Activity: Resume your normal activities when you feel comfortable. Avoid strenuous activity (weight lifting, tennis, etc.) at your catheter site for the duration of the catheter.

Bandage/Wound Care: Do not shower while the catheter is in place. It is okay to take sponge baths during this time. Try to keep the catheter dry. You will be given a prescription for antibiotics to take while the catheter is in place. Please leave the dressings in place. There will be some drainage of pink fluid around the catheter. This will decrease over time and is expected.

Medications:

  • Tylenol: 1-2 pills every four hours as needed for pain
  • Ibuprofen: 200-400mg every six hours as needed for pain
  • Diet: No restrictions.

Special Instructions: Some bruising may occur- this will go away over time. Please call if you have a fever greater than 101, chills, redness at the incision site, or severe pain not relieved by your pain medication.

Please call your doctor at 703.717.4217 if you have any additional questions.

After Your Lumpectomy and Axillary Dissection:

Return To Work: per your doctor

Driving: No driving for 7 days. Do not drive if you are taking pain medication other than Tylenol or ibuprofen. Do not drive if your drains are still in place.

Physical Activity: Resume your normal activities when you feel comfortable. Avoid strenuous activity (weight lifting, tennis, etc.) on your surgical side for two weeks. Review arm exercises that were taught pre-operatively.

Bandage/Wound Care: There will be several strips of tape covering your incision- leave these in place. They will fall off on their own in 3-6 days. You may shower the morning after surgery. Afterwards, pat your incision dry with a towel. At this time, you will no longer need a dressing to cover your incision (though many patients feel more comfortable with a dressing for the first few days). Most patients are more comfortable if they wear a bra regularly for the first few days after surgery.

Drains: They will be removed in the office when the drainage is less than 30cc per day.

Medications:

  • Tylenol #3 with codeine: 1-2 pills every 4 hours as needed for pain
  • Percocet: 1-2 pills every 4 hours as needed for pain
  • Ibuprofen: 200-400mg every 4 hours as needed for pain

Diet: No restrictions.

Special Instructions: Some bruising may occur- this will go away over time. Please call if you have a fever greater than 101, chills, redness at the incision site, excessive drainage from your wound, or severe pain not relieved by your pain medication.

Follow-up Appointment: 7-10 days with your doctor.

Please call your doctor at 703.717.4217 if you have any additional questions.

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