Breast Biopsy by Incision

POSTPROCEDURE CARE

GENERAL MEASURES

  • A hard ridge should form along the incision. As it heals, the ridge will recede gradually.
  • Use an electric heating pad, a heat lamp or a warm compress to relieve incisional pain.
  • Bathe and shower as usual. You may wash the incision gently with mild unscented soap.
  • Wear a supportive bra. Apply bandages to the surgical wound, and change them as directed.

MEDICATION

  • Prescription pain medication should generally be required only for 2 to 7 days following the procedure.
  • You may use nonprescription drugs, such as acetaminophen, for minor pain.

ACTIVITY

  • Have someone drive you home following the procedure.
  • To help recovery and aid your well-being, resume daily activities, including work, as soon as possible.
  • Avoid vigorous exercise for 2 weeks after surgery.
  • Resume driving 3 to 5 days after returning home.

DIET
No special diet

NOTIFY OUR OFFICE IF

Any of the following occurs:

  • Pain, swelling, redness, drainage or bleeding increases in the surgical area.
  • You develop signs of infection: headache, muscle aches. Dizziness or a general ill feeling and fever.