What to expect from a fibroadenoma removal?
August 22, 2012 1:48 PM Subscribe
I am having a benign fibroadenoma removed from my breast. What can I expect during and after the surgery?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (6 answers total)
I have a large (1", grape-sized) fibroadenoma in the 10 o'clock position. It is just under the skin (visible to the eye; it's not very deeply hidden under my skin), closer to my armpit than my nipple. It has been biopsied but since it has grown recently I am having it surgically removed based on the recommendations of my primary care provider, gynecologist, and breast specialist. If you have had this surgery, I have a lot of questions:
-How painful is this? How long were you on pain medication, and what kind?
-How bad was your bruising and how long did it last? I generally bruise easily; does this mean I'm likely to bruise quite badly?
-I'm not sure if I'm getting twilight sedation or real anesthesia (yes, I will be asking my doctor!)--is one preferable to the other?
-What is the recovery like? I'm taking three days off work as recommended by the doctor; will I feel pretty much better by day 4, or will I be tired for awhile?
-Is there anything I can do before or after the surgery to speed my recovery? (I will also be asking my doctor this.)
-When were you able to wear a bra again? Will I be stuck wearing a loose sports bra for weeks or will I be able to wear my regular (high-end) bras? Or do I need a super supportive new bra? Will I need to sleep in a bra?
-When did you return to normal activity, especially things like typing, dressing yourself, and cooking, and exercise like running or weight lifting? Did the surgery impact your ability to use your arm for awhile or did it not really impact your hand/arm at all? (I am right-handed and this is on my right side.)
-Did another fibroadenoma develop after the surgery, or have you been lump-free since?
-Is there anything not-obvious I should ask my doctor?
-Do you have any other tips or words of wisdom for me?
I am in my mid-thirties, in good shape, I don't smoke, and my husband is taking two days off to care for me after the surgery. I am only interested in responses about the surgery and recovery; I am comfortable with the decision to have surgery and do not want answers suggesting I don't have it. This is anonymous due to the large amount of personal health information in the post, but you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would rather not post here. I have seen this similar question (http://ask.metafilter.com/180980/Having-a-lump-removed-from-my-breast) but have more specific questions that were not addressed so I wanted to ask again. I also noticed there was a lot of variability in the answers on that question, so if you could talk about the size/location of your lump in your answer that would be awesome! (ie, are recoveries worse if the lump is really deep, or really large, or does it really just depend on the person?)
Thank you! I am fairly nervous about this (especially the anesthesia part) so would really appreciate your answers.