Nipple Pain After Lumpectomy

Question

Asked by Lynn

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?

Answer

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.

Answered by Phyllis Johnson