You can bath or shower as usual, the wound can be submerged in water as soon as the dressing or drain is removed, remembering to gently pat the scar dry with a clean towel.
You should avoid scented soaps, sprays, bubble baths, or deodorants on or near the wound for about two weeks as these may cause stinging.
If you notice any redness, swelling or if you develop a discharge from your wound please contact your GP, or the ward on which you were treated for advice. Wound infections do not happen often, but when they do, a course of antibiotics is usually all that is required.
Am I likely to have any pain after my operation?
You may find that you have some pain and discomfort following your operation. Please don't hesitate to ask for painkillers when you are in hospital. You could take simple painkillers such as paracetamol to relieve any pain when you get home. You may want to take them regularly for the first couple of days.
Women may find that wearing a comfortable bra in bed can sometimes give extra support.
What about diet?
A well balanced diet will help wound healing.
What about getting back to normal?
There should be no reason why you should not get back to normal life quite quickly after this operation. You can resume things like sport, lifting, driving, sexual activity and housework as soon as you feel comfortable to do so. This may vary from one person to another.
You will usually need to allow yourself a few days before returning to work.
Do I need to come back to hospital?
When you are discharged from hospital, you will probably be given an appointment to return to the outpatients department. You may like to bring a friend or relative with you to this appointment. At this appointment the doctor will check your wound and give you the final results of your operation. If any further treatment is recommended then it will be discussed then. Most people will not need any further treatment and will be discharged from the clinic.
Although you may not be having a regular check-up it is still advisable to be breast aware. This involves looking at and feeling your breasts, scar and both armpits for any change. By doing this regularly you will know what is normal for you.