Will I have pain?
Here comes the most anxious part - time for admission and surgery. There are so many doubts, so many questions. A fear. What will happen? Will I have a lot of pain? WiIll I be able to walk next day? What happens to my family, how will they take care of themselves in my absence? So many questions.
No doubt, there is lot of anxiety for the patient (and family), during admission. But in two days, when she will be discharged, she will realize that, honestly, the actual pain she is having, and other apprehensions she had about surgery, are not even 10 percent of what she had imagined! Indeed. Amongst all cancer surgeries, breast cancer surgery is one of the least problematic surgeries. And more than 99 percent of patients will go home, all fit and fine, smiling and with the least discomfort! You can take my word for that!
What happens after admission to the hospital? How do things go? Lets discuss this under following headings:
Pre operative counseling - where the surgeon discusses the surgery and the consequences.
Exercises and Physiotherapy - one of the most important things during recovery.
Surgery - A brief idea of what happens.
Post operative period - Timeline of how things go.
Please remember, all centres and hospitals will have their own protocols, and there are differences from hospital to hospital. The following description is only a general overview of how we manage in our affiliated hospitals.