Mass or Lump Removal Surgery Clinic
- Time off work will depend on the size and site of the mass and the type of work you do.
- Check with your doctor before returning to work.
- Do chores ahead of time. You may need someone to help you after surgery.
- Have meals ready that are easy to prepare.
- Plan for someone to help with your children for a couple of days.
- You may shower when okayed by your doctor. No tub baths or swimming.
- Wear loose fitting clothes.
- Check your incision daily and watch for increased redness or swelling, bloody or foul smelling drainage, or a bruise that gets worse every day.
- Do not drive while on pain pills.
- Avoid constipation by increasing your fluid intake. It is okay to use over the counter stool softeners and a bulk fiber laxative, follow package directions.
- Nothing more strenuous than walking until okayed by your doctor.
- Avoid all tobacco products including second hand smoke
When to Call the Doctor
- Temperature over 100.4°F by mouth, 2 readings taken 4 hours apart
- Excess swelling
- Increased redness at the site
- Abnormal drainage like bleeding/bruising or pus
- Pain not controlled by pain pills
- Any other symptoms that concern you
Surgery Clinic: (608) 263-7502. This is a 24 hour number.
After hours, weekends and holidays ask for the doctor on call for
Dr. _________________. Leave your name and phone number with the area code. We will call you back.
Toll free: (800) 323-8942
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 08/23/2011
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