Excision of a Mass or Lump
The time you take off work will depend on
the size and site of the mass or lump.
ξ Do your household and outdoor
chores ahead of time, or make plans
for someone to help you.
ξ Plan things that do not require a lot
of standing or lifting.
ξ Have meals ready that are easy to
ξ Plan for someone to help with your
children for a couple of days, if
ξ Plan to have someone drive you to
and from your appointment.
ξ 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.
ξ You may shower. Avoid soaking the
incision in water (no tub baths or
ξ Wear loose fitting clothing for a few
ξ 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.
ξ Do not drive or do strenuous
workouts until you see your doctor at
your first clinic visit.
ξ There may be small places of
bruising at your incision site.
ξ 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 θF.
ξ Plan to visit your doctor in about one
When to call your doctor
ξ Fever over 100.4 θF for 2 readings
taken 4 hours apart
ξ Excess swelling
ξ Increased redness at the site
ξ Abnormal drainage like bleeding or
pus from incision
ξ Increase in pain
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.
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