What should be assessed and treated in the early postoperative care following surgery for breast cancer?

Updated: Feb 13, 2019
  • Author: Mary Jo Wright, MD; Chief Editor: James Neal Long, MD, FACS  more...
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Immediate postoperative care involves assessment for appropriate wound healing and evaluation and treatment of postoperative complications, such as seroma, wound infection, bleeding, and nerve damage. Drains are routinely removed when output is less than 30 mL/d. Seromas that develop following drain removal are usually best managed with repeat aspiration. Follow-up of the pathologic specimen should be routine to determine adequacy of margins in the resection of the primary tumor.


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