Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your caregiver may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.


  • Avoid vigorous exercise. Ask your caregiver when you can return to your normal activities.

  • You may shower 24 hours after your procedure. It is okay to get your surgical cut (incision) wet. Gently pat the incision dry after you shower.

  • If you are given a surgical bra, wear it for the next 48 hours. You may remove the bra to shower.

  • Keep all follow-up appointments as directed by your caregiver.

  • If you have skin adhesive strips over the incision, do not remove them. They will fall off on their own over time.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, fever, or discomfort as directed by your caregiver.

  • You may resume your regular diet.


  • Your pain is not controlled with medicine.

  • You notice redness, swelling, or increased fluid draining from the incision.

  • You feel nauseous or vomit.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.