Common Side Effects After Surgery for Breast Cancer
Most women are able to go home 1 to 2 days after surgery.
It will likely take you a few weeks to feel better. Here’s a list of the most to the least common side effects you can expect as you recover.
Pain in the area operated on
Numbness or other strange sensations, such as numbness, or a pinching/pulling feeling, in the chest or under the arm
Sometimes swelling in the arm on the side of the operation which is called lymphedema
Most of these effects are temporary. Your doctor or nurse can help you learn how to cope with them. Before you leave the hospital, make sure you talk with your doctor about the signs of a serious problem that you need to let him know about right away. In general, people who have surgery for breast cancer are able to get back to their normal activities after a couple of weeks.