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Care of Your Incision After a Breast Biopsy

Your incision, or scar, has both stitches and steri-strips, which are small white strips of tape, and is covered by a gauze dressing and tape or a plastic dressing.

Do not remove the dressing, steri-strips or stitches. We will remove the dressing in seven to 10 days. We also will remove the sutures in one to two weeks unless they absorb on their own. If the dressing or steri-strips fall off, do not attempt to replace them.

You may shower one day after the drain(s) is out and if you have a plastic dressing.

If you have gauze and paper tape, you may remove it two days after surgery and shower after that. Use a towel to dry your incision thoroughly after showering. Be careful not to touch or remove the steri-strips or sutures.

Bruising and some swelling are common in women after surgery. If you experience a great deal of swelling, please call the Breast Place.

A low-grade fever that is under 100° Fahrenheit is normal the day after surgery.

Avoid strenuous activity, heavy lifting and vigorous exercise until the stitches are removed.

Walking is a normal activity that can be restarted right away.

If possible, plan to take the day off or plan a lighter day following the surgery.