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Caring for Your Child after Excision of a Mass or Lump (6811)

Caring for Your Child after Excision of a Mass or Lump (6811) - Clinical Hub, Patient Education, Health and Nutrition Facts For You, Pediatrics, Parenting


Excision of a Mass or Lump

Before Surgery
ξ The time your child will have to take off
school will depend on the size and site of
the mass or lump.
ξ Plan things that do not require a lot of
strenuous activity.

After Surgery
ξ Your child will most likely go home the
same day.
ξ Your child 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 your child should move
around the house as much as she can.
She can return to her normal routine
when she feels ready –which may be as
soon as the next day
ξ There may be bruising at your child’s
incision site.
ξ Check your child’s incision daily for
signs of infection: increased redness or
swelling, red or hot incision, foul
smelling drainage, or a fever over 101.5

When to Call the Doctor
ξ Fever over 101.5 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

Phone Numbers

Your child’s doctor

Pediatric Surgery Clinic: (608) 263-6420,
option 1, Mon-Fri 8:00 am-4:30 pm

After hours and weekends, the clinic number
will give you the hospital paging operator.
Ask for pediatric surgery resident on-call.
Leave your name and phone number with
the area code. The doctor will call you back.

Toll free Hospital Number:

Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you have
any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This is not
medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each person’s health
needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using this information. If
you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 8/2017 University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority.
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