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Excision of a Mass or Lump

Before surgery

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. 

After surgery 

  • 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

Phone numbers

Your doctor’s office phone number is (608) 263-7502.  This is a 24-hour number.

After hours and weekends, ask for doctor on-call for Dr. _________________________.  Leave your name and phone number with the area code. We will call you back.

Toll free hospital number: (800) 323-8942