Dr. Harness explains if a mastectomy is painful.
Dr. Harness, M.D.:
If you use local anesthesia up front and really good pain control post-operatively, the majority of patients typically stay in just overnight, and I think the key there is the upfront use of local analgesia, local anesthetic before you ever make an incision in the breast., that really helps prevent a lot of the post-operative pain.
Many of my patients, believe it or not, can be managed with extra strength Tylenol, if you can, if you can stop the pain up front.
About Dr. Harness, M.D.:
Dr. Jay Harness, M.D., is the Director at St. Joseph Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center. Practicing medicine for 35 years, Dr. Harness specializes in general surgery and medical oncology. Graduating medical school from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he conducting his internship and residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Recognized nationally and internationally for his work in breast and endocrine surgery, Dr. Harness is the immediate past-President of The American Society of Breast Surgeons and is President-elect of Breast Surgery International. Dr. Harness can assist patients in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.