The ladies on here have a wealth of advice, support and love to give which hopefully makes a difference.
Agree that your priorities should be quality (no roughly sewn seams) pure cotton PJs, and baby-wipes .
You will probably feel physically better sooner than you think, I get your tizz, I too thought I would be struggling to manage.
Emotionally prepare yourself hun, books, movies, favourite snacks and such, rest & recuperation is the name of the game and far more important than fuzzy armpits.
I found baths easier than showers - waist downwards all as normal. Waist upwards gently does it for first few days. Thereafter popped a drop of dettol into bath water to keep wounds clean and kept with nurse advice as regards no highly perfumed products - I bought Johnsons Baby stuff.
Wishing you all the best Y -: as hard as it may seem, it'll be easier than you think. A Wonky hug X
I had the same surgery July 22nd and I agree with all the advice given already. I used wipes for the first 3 days but not on the affected armpit as the dressing was already coming off. The dressing on my breast stayed put for 8 days no problem. I had a shower on day 3 and removed the armpit dressing and put another one on. Then I showered/ washed hair every other day with wipes on the other day. The armpit dressing came off again so I put a plaster over it instead. The nurse took all dressings off this Friday (so after 9 days) and everything looked good. I haven't used deodorant in that armpit yet but might try the crystal one suggested here.
Totally agree with pjs with front fastening. I got front fastening bras too which were good to begin especially at night with but found they cut up into my armpit and caused a bit of swelling so switched to a vest that has one of those shelf bras in it.
Best of luck with your surgery. Take care,
I was given a waterproof dressing after I went back to have my drain removed (I don’t think you will need a drain with your type of surgery but it’s worth checking because it was a bit of a shock to me lol) but I did have to ask. If you have sensitive skin, don’t bother - just live with sticking your bum and legs under the shower or have a bath. I had the most appalling allergic reaction.
The best deodorant/antiperspirant I have found is a crystal. I still use it. You can buy them at places like Holland & Barrett and they last a lifetime. You just dampen the end with water, rub it over the required area and wait for it to dry. I’ve no idea how but it works and there are no risks. In the long term, you will be able to shave using an electric razor lightly but a lot will depend on your biopsy results. If you require further surgery, the map of your armpit will change and hair growth changes too. I haven’t actually bothered shaving since I had full axillary clearance because, after chemo, little hair has grown back under my arms. I didn’t perspire, let alone sweat for about a year either. One perk?
Make sure you have plenty of loose, front opening tops and pjs for the coming weeks and do your exercises no matter how sore you are! You really have to keep those breast muscles and your underarm mobile.
I wish you all the best for the surgery and hope your results are reassuring x
Hi yolande55 - your BCN or medical team will give you lots of advice after your op, but why don’t you make a list of all your concerns so that you don’t forget any of them when you come to the op day. And also make a note of the answers - if I didn’t write things down I would have forgotten the answers by the time I left the hospital!
I honestly can’t now remember how soon after my op that I could shower, but it wasn’t long. Maybe invest in some dry shampoo for the first few days.
You are partly right about shaving and lymphoedema - I was told not to use a wet razor to shave as there is more of a risk of cutting the skin, and thus getting an infection, but shaving with a dry razor is fine - obviously taking care. You aren’t having all your nodes removed so the risk of lymphoedema is lower than if all were being taken.
Please feel free to come back and ask any questions at all, all questions are good questions. My very best wishes to you as you go forward. Evie xx
After, will I be able to shower, wash my hair etc.How can I manage this without getting the wounds wet etc?
I’ve also read that I won’t be able to shave the affected armpit again due to risk of cuts and lymphoedema.
I am about to undergo lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy. I am getting stressed about the small things such as having a shower, washing my hair, using deodorant etc.
I am sure you lovely ladies have a wealth of advice 😀