11:20 am - 07/07/2007

fibroadenoma removal

I have a lump in my breast that the doctors have said is probably a fibroadenoma. I had a biopsy, and it came back as benign, but the lump has now been getting bigger, and it sometimes hurts. I called my nurse who recommended I see a surgeon about getting it removed. I have an appointment with the surgeon on Monday morning.

I'm trying to find some information on the surgery, and what I'm most worried about is if it will change the shape or look of my breast. Some of the things I've read have said that there could be a depression where the lump was, or that the scarring could pull at the skin. I'm not really worried about the surgery itself, but I really don't want to have any lasting issues afterwards.

So to anyone who has had a fibroadenoma (or similar lump) removed, were there any changes in your breast? Did you have to have any reconstructive surgery? And anything else that you could tell me about the surgery would be great as well. Thank you so much.
indis_earfalas 7th-Jul-2007 04:17 pm (UTC)
I have no personal experience with that, myself, but my best friend had a few removed (over the space of two years) when she was in her early 20's. As far as I can remember, she mentioned that there was a little bit of a "dent" in the area for a couple of weeks afterwards - but then it all evened out.

The last time I saw her boobs, recently, I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary ... granted, its over 10 years later, but its the kind of thing that she'd complain about if it was an issue.

Hehe. Hopefully, you'll get some actual helpful comments.
rachelish 7th-Jul-2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
but you were helpful :) I hadn't heard anything about dents evening out after awhile, so that's hopeful at least.
jacqueline1984 help!21st-Apr-2011 01:47 pm (UTC)
Hi there. My name is Jacqueline, I'm 26 and am having bilateral fibroadenomas (confirmed by core biopsies) removed next month. The one in the left has grown (possibly doubled in size) since I found it last August (8 mos. ago or so). It's over 2 cm now. The other one was 2.3 cm when found about 3 mos ago and i dont think its changed much in size (but its deep and hard to feel at times). I'm so scared it's a phyllodes!! What was your experience with the growth rate?
Thanks,
Jacqueline
louboutin 7th-Jul-2007 04:21 pm (UTC)
A lot of the after surgery issues you're talking about really depend on the placement of the lump and the way your surgeon has to remove it. I would really suggest that you discuss this at length with your surgeon. It may be possible that they can do something differently/preemptively so that you won't have to have reconstructive surgery, or if you do it will be minor.
rachelish 7th-Jul-2007 04:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I do plan on talking all of this over with the surgeon, but I'm getting anxious and my appointment isn't until Monday. I know no one's experiences will be exactly like mine, but it makes me feel a little better to hear about them.
beachbanshee 7th-Jul-2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
My mother had several of these removed in her 30's. I would suggest you find a Breast Specialist if available in your area. I would not reccomend a general surgeon for this type of surgery unless you know they have done successful breast surgery in the past. My mother has a few indents marks where the lumps were removed but she used a specialist. Good Luck and I am glad your results are benign.
rachelish 7th-Jul-2007 04:47 pm (UTC)
I'm lucky to live right by a very good hospital with a surgeon that specializes in breasts and breast cancer. I'm pretty confident in his abilities. Thank you for the advice
beachbanshee 7th-Jul-2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
Great I am happy to hear you will be using a specialist. Best of luck with your surgery and recovery.
heartsarts 7th-Jul-2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
Hello!

I actually remember commented back to one of your previous posts, I've had four breast surgeries & honestly, you can't see anything at all. The first three were located somewhat near my nipple, so my surgeon was able to remove them and the scars just look like how your nipple "fades" into your skin. There's a tiny, like size of a dime area that's a little indented, but I've shown friends, boyfriends, lovers, etc and no one has ever even noticed, they just assumed it's just how a nipple should look! The last surgery I had was a lump that grew really big, really fast and was removed on the side of my breast, closer to my armpit, it has a faint scar, but that I'm afraid is my fault, I had dissolving stitches and the knot wasn't dissolving so I just waited until my follow up appointment and the surgeon clipped the knot out but unfortunately the skin had already begun to heal around it, so there's a small scar, it's only around an inch and a half long. Plus, I feel like these scars have faded a LOT. I had my first surgery when I was 18 & I'll be 25 in August, they are so barely noticeable. I had some ovarian lumps removed when I was 19 and the bikini line scar from that is SO much worse.

This is a strange thing, but if you want to see photos, I'll gladly send them to you..hahaha. I can totally understand what your going through, I remember I googled every single piece of information and photo so I knew what to expect. The suggestions I came away with where, sleep with a comfortable supportive sports bra on, not the sort that you can run 50 miles in, but just a regular soft cup, I chose ones that could open in the front so they'd be easiest to get on and off. I ended up buying one the morning after my surgery because the amount of "dressing" they put on it made my chest look huge! But I wore the bra for around 2 months afterwards and didn't rip out any stitches or have a lot of bruising.

Hopefully this will help you!!!! Good Luck!
hikerpoet 8th-Jul-2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
I am prone to cysts and have them all over my body and have several in my breasts. I only had one removed. It was sort of on the underside and was right where my underwire/edge of my bra was and it was the crease of my breast anyway, so it was constant bad pain no matter what. That one was super tender at best and excruciating at times. The others are occasionally sore, in a headache-y way, but not worth getting removed.
Anyway, there is a small scar from the one I did get removed, but since it is in the crease of the underside you have to search for it. Occasionally the scar is still very slightly tender 15 years later but it is far better than the alternative. In my case, if it is hurting me on a daily basis it is worth considering removal, but if it only bugs me once or twice a month it is not worth the trouble.
dulcinea68 Fibroadenoma surgery18th-Dec-2008 10:41 am (UTC)
Hi, I had surgery on 12/5/08 to remove a 2 cm mass, which they believed was a fibroadenoma. I refused the biopsy with an ultrasound because I wanted to avoid being awake and watching and feeling the entire procedure. To my surprise, the surgery required that I have it localized, which basically means that I am awake, sitting at the mammogram machine while they slowly and painfully pushed a very long needle (6-8 inches) from the top of my right breast to the mass. It was the most barbaric and inhumane procedure I have ever endured, and I cannot believe that there is no other way of performing this. I am glad I was asleep when they pulled that needle out. The biopsy of the mass came back benign. I have a 3 inch scar along the top of the bra line, which is extremely sensitive now. I am still a bit swollen, so do not know whether there will be a dent or not. However, my mass was deep in my 36DD breast, almost at my chest wall, so I may not see a difference from the removal of the mass. I still cannot believe that this barbaric procedure is standard and that millions of women have this done every year and no one has come up with a better way of localizing and doing a biopsy for these masses. I am sure that if this were done to men's private parts, they would never subject themselves to this and a new method would be created. I will NEVER allow this process to be done to me again. If I had know it was going to be so painful I would not have had the surgery because my doctors all said they were 98% certain is was benign. If I grow another I will NOT have surgery unless they put me out, like I requested this time, but the radiologist, Dr. Robert Benson out of San Dimas Community Hospital in California, I believe had his professionalism cloudy by his ego. He refused my repeated requests to be put out, and said that there was no other way of doing this. LIAR! I could have been put to out and had it done with an ultra sound, while lying down. I've been taking the pain killers, not for the pain, but to be able to sleep. I can't sleep because I keep reliving that terrible experience.
illfindhope Re: Fibroadenoma surgery5th-Feb-2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
i'm viewing the breast archives here, because i was referred to a breast specialist today for a lump. i just want to ask how you healed up, now that more than a month has passed?

i'm sorry your experience was so horrible, but i want to thank you for posting it. i was told that i also may have to have the needle procedure done, but that if i was cut open, i'd be put to sleep. i asked the midwife at planned parenthood if she thought it was possible for me to request to be put under during the needle procedure and she said no. i'm terrified of needles and i just thought "no way can i endure that, i'll flip out and punch the doc in the face!" then i told myself "it's better than having cancer, so if they need to do it, i'll figure out a way to deal."

thanks to you, i now know that i definitely shouldn't even try. especially with my fear of needles. i'm 100% sure i would panic. so, they're going to have to put me to sleep. period. thank you for posting this, now i know not to try and convince myself that i should suck it up. i will DEMAND to be put under!
rachelish Re: Fibroadenoma surgery5th-Feb-2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
I'm the OP of the entry, not the commenter that you replied to, but I thought I'd let you know how mine turned out too, just because I remember how scared I was at the time.

I'm not sure about what you are calling the needle procedure. For me, the steps I was told I had to take were to first get an ultrasound. That determined whether I would need a biopsy, which they said I did. The biopsy then determined whether I needed surgery or not.

My lump was right under my nipple on my right breast. I had a biopsy with localized anesthetic. They had to insert something (I guess like a needle, I didn't look, but it was able to grab a tiny piece of the lump) and they went in through the side of my breast, and that left a tiny dot of a scar. Even though it was numbed, I could still feel pressure and pulling, and I started to get really nauseous. They stopped for a few minutes while I calmed down. The nurse and doctor were great though, and said we could take as long as we needed, so I waited until I felt better. There was some bleeding and swelling that day, but afterwards it was fine. LIke I said, teeny tiny scar.

As I said in this entry, it came back benign, but after a few months, the lump was still getting bigger and hurting, so I went back to the surgeon to have it removed. For this surgery I was put under. My doctor never gave me an option for this, it was just the way they did it. Since the lump was under my nipple, the surgeon cut around the outside of my areola. He said he tried to do that as much as possible because once it healed, the scar would blend in more with the edge of the areola and be less noticeable. I definitely still have a scar, but I appreciate the way he did it because I think it would have been more upsetting to me to have a scar in the middle of nowhere on my breast.

If you have any other questions, I don't mind sharing about my experience at all. As I said, I remember being scared out of my mind when I found out. I hope for the best for you.
defenestr8r Re: Fibroadenoma surgery18th-Mar-2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
Hey,

I just found this post today and I am having surgery in a week. I wanted to say thanks for posting the follow-up recently. It was really helpful as my situation sounds very much like yours, except that I was biopised with no anaesthetic, and I didn't find it painful (just annoying). I hope that the scar is fading. Were you in much pain after the surgery? That's my biggest fear.

Thanks again for sharing your experience.
rachelish Re: Fibroadenoma surgery19th-Mar-2009 01:02 am (UTC)
My scar might be fading some. Honestly, I don't see it a lot because it's on the underside of my nipple. So unless I'm looking at myself in the mirror pretty closely, I don't notice it. It's been about a year and a half, so I'm used to it too. I figure it's something that happened to my body and there's evidence of it, and I'm ok with that.

As for pain, I wasn't ever in too much pain. They gave me some pain pills, oxy something, but they were so strong that they knocked me out completely for about four hours per pill. I took the medication for the first day and slept the whole time, and I took it for a few nights afterwards to sleep, but other than that, I didn't feel I really needed it. There was some pulling pain, and I wouldn't recommend any crazy movement that would make your breast bounce around or something. As long as I took it easy, I felt okay.

If you have any other questions, I'd be happy to try to answer them :)
defenestr8r Re: Fibroadenoma surgery19th-Mar-2009 02:56 am (UTC)
You rock. Thanks.

I asked my doc about running and he said I would be fine after a couple of days. I guess this is a time to be glad I am not very big and that there are good running bras that keep the bouncing at a minimum.

That's comforting about the scarring. I'll try to remember to respond about how mine goes for future LJ/googlers. :)
defenestr8r Re: Fibroadenoma surgery7th-Apr-2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
Update: I am 13 days post-op. The worst part of it all was the anesthesia (as I expected, knowing myself). After one shot of morphine shortly after I woke up, I have been able to manage the pain with Advil, and I only needed that for a few days. The pain gradually lessened, apart from me trying to start running after a week, which made it worse again (the surgeon said I could run. Now I do it with two very tight bras on). I was definitely more tired than usual for the week or so afterwards.

I took arnica leading up to the surgery and for a few days after which kept the bruising at a minimum.

My scar is pretty raised up, but I have been told it will go down.

Thanks again for having this thread here :)
ashley2510 Re: Fibroadenoma surgery2nd-Apr-2011 01:40 pm (UTC)
Hi Just a quick question. My best friend is 20 and she has a fibroadenoma on her left breast. it's about 7cms so it's not small but she is having a consultation with a surgeon on friday and she's very nervous thinking that her breast is going to look deformed after she gets it removed.

I was just wondering how big yours was and if you can notice the difference in size after it has been removed?
equineartist7 23rd-Aug-2009 04:04 am (UTC)
I had it done two years ago.. you can't even tell.. no scars and the breast is the same shape.
I'm more concerned that I'm never going to be able to use hormonal birth control. Estrogen=more lumps I've never been on it. My breast surgeon recommended evening primrose oil (supplement) 1000 mg twice a day. My breast pain is just about gone now because of the evening primrose oil.
absinthe_mind 19th-Nov-2009 04:53 am (UTC)
I just came across this and I wanted to say thank you so much for posting this... Im having mine removed on monday and it's really helpful knowing what to expect :)
lyd14 10th-Sep-2010 08:39 am (UTC)
Hi there,
It's been 2 years since you've been through this. How is it now? I just found a lump under my left breast yesterday. Maybe I am too thin and my breasts are too small and that is not a lump. I don't know. I'm scared. How does it feel? Will you lose a breast over this fibroadenoma surgery? Is it like the breast cancer surgery where you'll lose a breast? I'm scared. I don't know what to do...
rachelish 10th-Sep-2010 09:12 am (UTC)
Hi. I remember being scared too. It was rough for me for awhile, but it turned out fine. My doctor actually found my lump, and the first thing she did was check the other breast to see if she felt something similar. If it is on both breasts then it is most likely just the way your breasts are naturally. But definitely go to a doctor and get their opinion. I'm sure if you tell them you have felt a lump in your breast they will try to get you an appointment quickly.

As for my breast now, you really can't tell anything happened to it. Removing the lump did not require the surgeon to remove my whole breast. Well, first I went in for a biopsy. They use a needle to take a sample of the lump for testing. That left a very small dot of a scar on the side of my breast. Mine came back as not cancerous, so I didn't plan on having it removed, but over the next few months it was getting bigger and was painful, so the breast surgeon agreed that it was probably best to take it out. Mine was right in the middle of my breast, so the surgeon made the incision around the edge of my areola, so the scar blends in with the edge. You can still see it if you look, but it's not like OMG SCAR! and I really don't think anyone would think twice about it when they saw it.

So, my advice is try to stay calm. Make an appointment with a doctor (planned parenthood might be able to get you in more quickly if a doctor can't) and see what they say. If you have any more questions I'd be happy to try to answer them. Like I said, I remember how scary it is, so I will give any help I can.
lyd14 10th-Sep-2010 09:48 am (UTC)
Hi. Thank you for your reply. It gives me a bit of relieve knowing that they won't remove my whole breast. The more I touch it, the scarier it gets. :(

How long did you wait for the result? Will they let you know immediately that it's not cancerous? How much does it cost you? Did the doctor say what causes it or how to prevent it? Please forgive me for asking so much. I don't know who to talk to.
rachelish 10th-Sep-2010 10:00 am (UTC)
If I'm remembering correctly, I had the biopsy on a Wednesday morning. They said I would have to wait until Friday to get the results, but then they ended up calling me Thursday afternoon to let me know it was not cancerous. I had insurance, so I just had to pay a co-pay, so I don't know how much it actually cost. If a doctor does refer you for a biopsy, I'm sure they can give you an estimate when you make an appointment. I'm sorry I don't know more about that. The doctor basically just said it's abnormal cell growth, and some women get it a lot, others don't. I don't know of anything you can do to prevent it. I do know if you have a family history of breast cancer you are more likely to get it yourself. My maternal grandmother had it. But, on the whole I am very healthy, so I don't know of anything I could have done. Don't worry about asking too much. I'm on my way to work now, but any more questions you have I'll be able to reply this afternoon.
lyd14 10th-Sep-2010 10:22 am (UTC)
Hi there. Thanks for your prompt reply! Yes. 2-3 of my aunties have breast cancer (father's side). So, I guess, I might get it too. :(
How long did the operation take? Hours? Arrgh...it's killing me!!! (by just thinking about it).
rachelish 10th-Sep-2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
I don't remember exactly how long it took for the surgery because I was kind of out of it from the pain killers and sedation. I think I got to the hospital around 7 in the morning, and I'm pretty sure I was home by lunch time, and that would include all the prep time before surgery and some time in the recovery room afterwards. I came home and slept a lot that day, but felt fine the next day. I wasn't running around crazy for a few days afterwards, but I didn't have to stay in bed or anything.
heligirl222 16th-Mar-2011 04:16 am (UTC)
Hi,

I have had a fibroadenoma for about 7 years and just recently decided to get it removed. My surgery was yesterday and it all went well. I wasn't in any pain to be honest. The pain which eradiated from the actual lump before I had it removed was actually WORSE than after the operation. The reason why I didn't remove it earlier was because I was getting regular ultrasounds and biopsies and it remained unchanged however did increase in size by 5mm over the 7-year period. I finally got fed up with doing the ultrasounds so I decided to see a different specialist for his opinion on removal. Although he is a highly recommended surgeon, his ego made me feel uncomfortable and unsafe in his hands. I wasn't reassured at all about scarring and he actually made me feel stupid for not having it removed earlier. So after seeing him and feeling like complete trash.. I decided to see another specialist. This was the one who removed my lump. I do have another smaller fibroadenoma measuring 1cm in size, however the surgeon suggested not to remove it at this point since it's not growing.

I am having second thoughts now that I've had the surgery - my anxiety is that maybe I should have just asked him to remove it while I was getting the other one removed.. at the time I was worried about having 2 scars but now that I've gone through the surgery I'm actually thinking that I should have removed the 2nd one as well.. Only because I don't want to think about it and waiting for it to get bigger so that I have reason enough to get it removed. Has anyone else had this problem?

I think the whole cosmetic issue turns a lot of women off the surgery and it did for me... but it really depends on the individual, some people are more prone to scarring than others.

Thank you to all who have posted. It has been really comforting reading about your experiences.
hreagan fibroadenoma removal21st-Oct-2010 07:07 am (UTC)
I had a rather large fibroadenoma removed it has been growing rapidly and by the time it was removed it was around an inch in diameter. The surgery was quick and after it took a couple of weeks to heal but I have had no serious damage, the surgeon made an incision by my nipple and got it out through there, the scar tissue does tend to make it tender but over time that will ease up.
ladyhalona fibroadenoma removal12th-Nov-2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
I found a rather large lump in my right breast about two months ago. Four years ago I had a mammogram that showed I had a lump in my right breast, but I could not feel it. The ultrasound showed the lump to be minimal in size and should not cause a problem. The doctors were not too worried about it, so I had nothing done. I went to the doctor to have a mammogram two weeks ago. They said the lump is now about 4-5 cm in diameter. I had a biopsy done and they were able to remove about only 1/2 of the lump because of it's location. The results came back benign. Now.. the location of the lump is just under the skin so they were unable to remove the entire lump.

It causes pain on a constant basis because of the size and the attachment to the underside of the skin. My question is.. should I seek out a surgeon and have the rest of the lump removed since it is still causing me pain? I am afraid of the surgery and do not want to be deformed because of the location. Has anyone else experienced the removal of one of these lumps that have attached itself to the underside of the skin? If so, what are your results?

Thank you VERY much for any responses!
remmaturki 7th-Jan-2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
him, I'm only 16 and about a year ago i found a large lump on my right side.
im due to have it removed in the summer of this year after i finish school and i was just wondering how long does it take get it removed? at first i thought it was something serious but when it got tested it came back benign. i was also wondering whether i need an IV fluid drip put in for the surgery? i hate needles and have a large phobia of them. Also how long does the recovery take? i was told that it only takes two weeks to recover but how long do you stay sore?

any responses will be greatly appreciated!

ligiaka Question1st-Apr-2011 12:00 am (UTC)
Hi,
Ive read a lot of your messages here..i have the same problem..i had a mammogram 2 years ago and turned out that i have Fibroadenoma in my left breast right at the breast base.. I cannot wear bra anymore due to the discomfort. I do have a problem..i got checked today again, the doctor gave me an excision biopsy...and i have an app next week with a surgeon. My problem is that i don't have insurance..and i do not know about the price of the surgery... Im scared to go ahead and do the surgery and then have a huge bill in my mail. Anyone of u who has any idea of the cost and how long the surgery will take...every little detail about this will be helpful for me. If any of you know cases like mine,,u can share. Thank you
sykes1994 Fibroadenoma removal2nd-Jun-2011 10:18 am (UTC)
I'm sixteen and found a lump under my right breast nipple a few weeks before christmas 2010. i finally went to the doctors yesterday and he said that it was a fibroadenoma, its not huge, its about the size of a penny. he told me that i need an ultrasound and then probably have a little op to remove it. Ive never had an operation so i'm a little nervous. I'm not to bothered about scarring because i'm a very shy person. I was just curious if i am going to get put under while i have the operation? I'm also a little worried about the side effects after wards as i have college and cant afford too much time off. thank you
gypsygirl2864 15th-Oct-2011 10:07 am (UTC)
When I was about 13 or 14 I found my first breast lump. It was in my left breast and about the size of a normal bouncy ball. I tried to tell my mom and she wouldn't believe me, so I ignored it. When I was 15, I went to the doctor for a sports physical and told her about my lumps. By then I had multiple lumps in both breasts and the original lump was about the size of a golf ball. I had an ultrasound and found out I have a total of 17 lumps in both breasts. She said that they were benign and didn't do a biopsy. I'm 19 now and I'm pretty sure the lumps have continued to grow and more have appeared. My original lump is so big you can see it. They cause me pain every once in a while and discomfort and embarrassment constantly. Right now I am to the point where I don't care too much what my breasts will look like once they're removed, I just want them gone. I'm getting insurance at the end of the month, then I'm going to see a doctor again about them. My only concern is the cost of the surgery. Does insurance usually cover most of something like this or is a lot of it going to come out of my pocket? Will I lose much of my breast size? Is it possible the lumps will come back?
rachelish 15th-Oct-2011 01:02 pm (UTC)
My insurance paid for my surgery. My lump was also benign, but it was growing and was painful. I think with these sorts of things, the insurance companies want to know if it's medically necessary or comestic. So, I'd just let the doctor know that they are painful and they bother you a lot.

I do think I remember my surgeon saying lumps can grow back, and that some women just naturally have more lumps than others. I hope you get to see a doctor soon to get all of your questions answered for sure.
Ashley Freeman-Thompson I got a nasty lump too!24th-Jan-2012 04:57 am (UTC)
I'm going to meet with my surgeon in a few days and I'm really glad I came across this site before then. I suddenly started having intense pain a few weeks ago. It got really bad really quick. It was a fibroadenoma. The worst part so far was the biopsy, I bleed a lot and had to deal with a horrible nasty abscess on top of the lump pain. It was one of the most single terrifying medical event of my life. Necessary evil to find out it was ok.

I know I have to get mine removed. The doesn't get better, subside, but just gets worse. I don't know the size, but from the looks of it, it appears to be the size of 2 quarters oblong shaped. When I was a child I had a brain tumor that grew quickly, so this worries me.

Finding this blog have me fresh perspective of real women's stories, I feel everyone has told my story. I feel more confident and less worried about the cosmetic side of this. plus sometimes doctors don't always explain everything and want to dismiss the pain that I feel. It's real and it stops me dead in my tracks and can't be the active person I was just a few weeks ago. I miss my gym!
starry5476 Lump and due for surgery in two weeks30th-Mar-2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
Hi,
All these posts have been very helpful! I'm 20 and found a lump in my right breast seven months ago and thought nothing of it at first. I believe it has shrunken since then, and it is about 2cm now, but I was beginning to freak out over it, so I had my doctor look at it. They said it was a cyst, and then the ultrasound showed that is was probably a fibroadenoma, and now I am scheduled to meet with a surgeon in two weeks (4/18/12) about its removal. I still don't know whether it's benign or not-so it's difficult to just sit tight and wait. I am planning on having it removed regardless of what the results are though, and was wondering if there was any further advice anyone had in addition to what is already posted here. It seems like there is a variety of experiences and I am hoping that mine will not leave bad scars or cause long lasting pain.
How long does the surgery generally take? I believe the radiologist mentioned localized anesthesia to me- did anyone else have a good experience with this, or would they recommend going under fully? This surgeon I am meeting with is also a general surgeon, and I didn't know, based on some of the posts, if I should try finding a specialized surgeon instead?
This is the first lump I have had, and I have never had to go the hospital for anything, so its scary to be thinking and going through all the experiences so quickly-
Thanks so much for any answers! It is helpful knowing what others went through-
Enggj Re: Lump and due for surgery in two weeks27th-Jul-2012 06:19 pm (UTC)
Don't worry dear! The surgery will feel like sleeping :)
You'll be up in an hour after coming from OT and then you'll wonder: oh, has the surgery been done already?
I had my first surgery just about a month ago. And honestly I was scared too, until I realized that I am overcomplicating things. You'll be fine!
Enggj 27th-Jul-2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
I am 23 and I had a fibroadenoma surgery just a month ago. Immediately after the surgery, the area was red and swelling but as time passed on, it started to heal rapidly. Within a week, the wound had begun to take a brown colour. I got the dressing removed but didn't wear bra in order to avoid any rubbing/scratching of the area. The pain subsided because of the heavy dose of antibiotic and pain killer my surgeon recommended.
Trust me, the size of the breast doesn't change and you can return to normal activities after two to three weeks depending on your recovery!
swedish_maiden 5th-Nov-2013 03:22 pm (UTC)
I have a fibroadenoma that I've been thinking about having removed for years. I recently got married and we're hoping to have children and because I want to breast feed and the lump is really going to interfere with that, I'm considering having it removed now. Can anyone give me a ball-park idea of what this kind of surgery costs? My new hubby and I are trying to choose our healthcare coverage and this surgery could make be a big deciding factor for us.
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