Hi Layla - no need to worry about the glue! Some surgeons prefer glue to dressings. Having had both, I think glue is better. And you are actually less likely to get an infection with glue and can shower more easily - just don't soak it in the bath. I had a mastectomy and tummy flap, all just glue with no dressings and it healed really well because no stitches. The glue gradually comes off after a week or two. I also have 2 cats and really they are not an infection risk (even on chemo) as long as you wash your hands after handling them or litter tray.
I also started with a lumpectomy but the tumour turned out to be bigger than they could see on the MRI so I had to go back and have a mastectomy. Some surgeons prefer to try a lumpectomy where possible because it has less long-term potential complications than a mastectomy. Your daughter will get a pathology report a few weeks after the op. If there is any doubt as to whether they have managed to cut it all out ("clear margins") they will either do a resection (cut another slice out) or a mastectomy. They will not leave her with any cancer cells in her breast! And then she will also have radiotherapy to make double sure.
It is quite normal not to have a drain in so no need to worry about that either. If your daughter gets any fluid build up (a seroma) it normally goes away by itself after a few weeks or they can drain it with a needle.
I promise you she will feel back to normal within a week. But she shouldn't do housework for a few weeks and no heavy lifting for at least 6 weeks (check with consultant or breast care nurse) - I.e. don't pick the cats or kids up for a few weeks, no ironing, no hoovering etc! Sending you and your family all my best wishes. I wish your daughter a speedy recovery. Xxx
Hello and welcome, sending very good wishes to your daughter for her speedy recovery from surgery.
I know you have posted on the Ask Our Nurses thread, but also just in case they are not able to get back to you today, you could also ring the helpline and see if anyone there can answer your question the numbe is in the top right hand corner and I think they are open until 1pm today.