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Tuesday, April 20, 2010 Lynn, Community Member, asks

Q: Nipple Pain after Lumpectomy

I had a lumpectomy (not cancer, but a pamploma sp.) two weeks ago and had no pain initially, but now my nipple and the skin directly around it feel like it has been burned and it really hurts. Is this normal recovery?

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
4/20/10 7:59pm

Lynn, I haven't had a lumpectomy, but in general when pain increases after surgery like yours, it's a good idea to call the doctor.  Of course, everyone heals at a different rate, but you shouldn't be having intense pain two weeks after surgery.  Let the doctor know what is going on.  If you are running a fever or if you are seeing redness or swelling, don't wait until office hours to call.  Call right away and talk to the on-call nurse.  

annemarie, Community Member
5/ 6/10 4:42pm

Lynn, I had a lumpectomy on 3/22/10, and yes I also had nipple pain and my wonderful surgeon promised me it would go away. I am 6 weeks out and the pain is 99% gone!

Good Luck!

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By Lynn, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/27/10, First Published: 04/20/10