Excision of Mass or Lump
- The time you take off work will depend on the size and site of the mass or lump.
- Do your household and outdoor chores ahead of time, or make plans for someone to help you.
- Plan things that do not require a lot of standing or lifting.
- Have meals ready that are easy to prepare.
- Plan for someone to help with your children for a couple of days, if needed.
- Plan to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.
- You will most likely go home the same day. If medicine was used to help you relax, you should not make important personal or business decisions until the next day.
- You may shower. Avoid soaking the incision in water (no tub baths or swimming).
- Wear loose fitting clothing for a few days.
- Plan for rest, but also move around the house as much as you can. You can return to your normal routine when you feel ready.
- Do not drive or do strenuous workouts until you see your doctor at your first clinic visit.
- There may be small places of bruising at your incision site.
- Check your incision daily for signs and symptoms of infection: increased redness or swelling, red or hot incision, foul smelling drainage, or a fever over 100.4°F.
- Plan to visit your doctor in about one week.
When to Call Your Doctor
- Fever over 100.4°F for 2 readings taken 4 hours apart
- Excess swelling
- Increased redness at the site
- Abnormal drainage like bleeding or pus from incision
- Increase in pain
Your doctor’s office phone number is (608) _________________ 8:00 – 4:30, weekdays.
After hours and weekends, the clinic number will give you the hospital paging operator. Ask for plastic surgery resident on-call. Leave your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.
Toll free Hospital Number: (800) 323-8942
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Last Updated: 03/13/2013
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