Hello Bea! Welcome. I am glad that you found us. According to my friends and family (since I was not awake) the mastectomy and node removal took a little over an hour. I also had a port put in at the time of my surgery. It was about 2 weeks after my diagnosis that I had the surgery. I had a biopsy first (after the mammo) and when the results of that were back, I interviewed several surgeons until I found the right one. I was in the hospital about 48 hours. It took about a week to get the path report back. My surgeon was excellent and explained everything to me. My onco also went over everything. As Lori said, it is wise to take along a tape recorder as well as someone with you. You will be given so much information that there is no way that you can remember everything. Write out any questions that you might think of (no matter how silly they seem) and take them w/ you to your appointment. Have whomever is w/ you write down the answers. Make your surgeon or onco or whomever answer them.
When were you diagnosed?
I have to agree that they should have mentioned that you had a positive lymph node. Hopefully, you will be armed w/ written questios when you see your surgeon for your follow-up visit. I had 19 0f 21 lymph nodes positive. Don't be surprised if they tell you that you are going to need treatment because of the one node being positive. Just remember that you want to do everything you can to beat this.
My bil is an obgyn. I can't tell you the number of times he has had to postpone or delay an elected surgery for one of his patients because an emergency came in and needed the OR. I can imagine how your anxiety increased while you had to wait all of that time.
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