Breast Lumps and Pain (cont.)
- In general, surgery is not necessary to treat breast pain unless a mass is
found. Surgery is performed to remove a lump.
- If an abscess is present, it must be drained. After
injection of local anesthetic, the doctor may drain an abscess near the
surface of the skin either by aspiration with a needle and syringe or by using
a small incision. This can be done in the doctor's office or Emergency
- If the abscess is deep in the breast, however, it may
require surgical drainage in the operating room. This is usually done under
general anesthesia in
order to minimize pain and completely drain the abscess. If your infection
worsens in spite of oral antibiotics or if you have a deep abscess requiring
surgical treatment, you may be admitted to the hospital for IV antibiotics.
M Ruby Alvi, MD, CCFP, MHSc
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