When you awaken from surgery, you will be in the recovery room.
Your breast area will be bandaged and a tube will be in place at
the surgical site to drain away any fluid that may accumulate. Your
throat may be sore from the tube that was placed in it to carry air
to your lungs during surgery. You may also feel a little nauseated
and have a dry mouth-common side effects of
You will spend an hour or so in the recovery room. Oxygen will
be available in case you need it to ease your breathing. Wires may
be taped to your chest to measure your heartbeat. An
(IV) tube will be inserted into a vein in your
arm to give fluid, nourishment, or medication after surgery. The IV
will probably be removed after you begin to drink and eat.
It's common to feel drowsy for several hours after surgery. You
may also feel some discomfort in your breast area. Some women
experience numbness, tingling, or pain in the chest, shoulder area,
upper arm, or armpit. Others feel pain in the breast that was
removed. Doctors are not sure why this "phantom pain" occurs, but
it does exist; it's not imaginary. If you are in pain, ask for
medication to relieve it.