Hadfields Procedure for Intraductal Papilloma.

Hello everyone!
I have been diagnosed with Intraductal Papilloma in my left breast and will be undergoing a Hadfields Procedure this Monday, 17th June to remove the major ducts.
The fluid from my nipple, which is what gave this diagnosis, showed Epithelial cells which are beginning to cluster and traces of blood, but not enough to see with the naked eye. Nothing showed on the mamogaram and no lumps can be felt. I did get a lot of pain and hardening of the nipple, but that seems to have settled now.

I had my pre-op assessment this morning (Saturday 15th June) and asked if this surgery was really necessary, she said yes, so they can remove any potential problems before they occur and check nothing sinister is going on that hasn’t been found yet.

I’d like to hear from anyone who has been through this procedure or had Intraductal Papilloma’s.

Many thanks,

Hi Mabel

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Well, I thought I would post a brief update in case there are others out there who are about to go through the same procedure as me.
The Hadfields procedure was very straight forward. I was out of hospital the same evening.
They made an incision around the underside of my areola and removed all the major ducts, these have now been sent off for analysis and I will go back to see my Surgeon on 27th June for the results. They cannot give you any results or any idea of what has been removed at the time of surgery as it all has to be looked at by a specialist under a microscope, so all the surgeon could tell me was that the operation went well.
I was prescribed codeine and paracetamol but haven’t needed to take many. The pain isn’t constant, just a bit sore and achy with the occassional sharp twinge.
I was able to wash the main bandage off after 2 days and now just have the steri strips on. Bruising is hardly noticable. It’s too soon to tell if I have lost sensation to my nipple, it seems to come and go at the moment.
I’ve worn a sports bra constantly since the operation and was advised by the BCN to do so for 2 weeks. I have to say, I wouldn’t want to be without it, I need that support to keep my boob in place, I think without a good fitting soft bra it would be much more uncomfortable.
I hope this helps anyone who finds themselves going through the same thing as I couldn’t find much info about the after effects before I had my surgery.

Just hoping all my results come back clear now!


Hi Mabel I’ve had this procedure two weeks ago and wondered how you are now?