and lisa wrote to leanne with some good information:
... So sorry to hear of Moya's up coming surgery. It is horrifying and depressing no matter what your odds are going in. I actually had 2 surgerys. The first in April 1999, then had the same open surgery on the other breast in April 2001. The first time there was just one "fibro adenoma" ( benign fibrous tumor) removed the second they removed 5. Of course they did not know that they were fibro adenomoas until the pathology came back. I had a great breast surgeon as well, one of the top in the field. The surgeries went great. They used conscious sedation instead of general anesthetic, which means a quicker recovery as you are not as deeply sedated. The pain was very minimal for me, only took a couple of vicodin with the second surgery. With the first I tried to take ibuprofen, which is my pain reliever of choice. But oops, also a blood thinner, so needless to say I panicked when I began gushing blood from my dressing. I also had a really hard time healing. Throughout both procedures we found out the hard way that I am allergic to every type of suture material. So my breasts kept filling up with blood and fluid, then it would force the stitches out of my breast. I had to go in every couple of days for 2 weeks after both surgeries to have fluid drained off with a needle. Dr. Johnson and her collegues were very impressed with the way my body was just spitting out the sutures. They were supposed to dissolve, but no way. My scars are not noticable, she made the incision just along the aereola, so scarring was not an issue, I just used vitamin e oil for a month or so after I finally healed. The hospital will give her an ice bag. Just remember that ice to any area of the body for over 30 minutes at a time can cause rebound swelling = pain. So break from the ice every 30 minutes or so.
I am sure that Moya will get through this fine, but probably not without preceeded anxiety and fear. I am certain that you will pamper her throughout her recovery. The waiting for the results of mammograms, ultrasounds and pathology was much harder on me than the surgery itself. I will be thinking of her in the next couple of weeks and will be sending thoughts of benign results her way...
note for leanne:
"I am certain that you will pamper her throughout her recovery."