Written instructions after Surgery

These instructions should include, about care after surgery are usually given to you and your caregivers.

  • The care of the surgical wound and dressing
  • How to monitor drainage and take care of the drains
  • How to recognize signs of infection
  • Bathing and showering after surgery
  • When to call the doctor or nurse
  • When to begin using the arm and how to do arm exercises to prevent stiffness
  • What to eat and not to eat
  • Use of medicines, including pain medicines and possibly antibiotics
  • Any activity restrictions
  • What to expect regarding sensations or numbness in the breast and arm
  • When to see your doctor for a follow-up appointment


Most patients see their surgeon within 7 to 14 days after the surgery. Your surgeon should explain the results of your pathology report at this visit and talk to you about the need for further treatment. If you will need more treatment, you will be referred to a radiation oncologist and/or a medical oncologist.


Radiation therapy for breast cancer in men

Chemotherapy for breast cancer in men

Hormone therapy for breast cancer in men

Targeted therapy for breast cancer in men

Bone-directed therapy for breast cancer in men



Coping and support for male breast cancer


Related Topics

Benign breast conditions

General breast cancer terms

Types of breast cancer in men








Oncologists, Breast Surgeons are the specialists who deal with the breast cancer