One or more lymph nodes were removed. The removed lymph nodes may be sent for testing. Home care will help the area heal and decrease the risk of infection.
To care for the biopsy area and prevent infection:
You may be given other instructions depending on the site of your biopsy. For example, you may be asked to avoid using deodorant if your biopsy site is under your arm.
Do not put extra pressure or strain on the surgery area. For example, if you had a biopsy under your arm, avoid lifting until it heals.
Return to normal activity slowly, once the doctor has said it is safe to do so.
Ask your doctor when you will be able to return to work. Do not drive unless your doctor has said it is okay.
Over-the-counter or prescription medicine can help to manage pain.
When taking medicine:
If you had to stop medicine before the procedure, ask your doctor when you can start again.
Your doctor will need to check on your progress and discuss the results of tests. It is important to go to any recommended appointments.
Contact your doctor if you are not healing as expected or you have problems such as:
If you think you have an emergency, call for emergency medical services right away.
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Lumpectomy & lymph node evaluation. St. John Health website. Available at: http://www.stjohnprovidence.org/breastcare/post-op/Lumpectomy. Accessed March 15, 2020.
Last reviewed January 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Nicole S. Meregian, PA Last Updated: 11/4/2020