How to Sleep After a Lumpectomy

Bedford Breast Center

Sufficient rest is essential after your lumpectomy. How you position yourself while you sleep will not only ensure greater comfort, but a smoother recovery process as well. 

At Bedford Breast Center in Beverly Hills, our top-notch team of surgeons and caring staff are here to serve you. If you are concerned about breast lumpectomy pain or your recovery process, we stand with you every step of the way. We also understand that being an educated patient is the best way to ensure a positive treatment outcome. This guide to post-surgery sleep will help you get the rest you need for a full recovery. 

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Why sleep is important for lumpectomy recovery

Rest is an essential component of recovery after a lumpectomy, since the body does the majority of its healing while you sleep. Sleeping enables the brain to release chemicals responsible for tissue growth and repair. It strengthens the immune system, protecting the body from harmful bacteria and infections. Sleep also recharges the body, giving it the energy it needs to heal so you can bounce back after your surgery. Your sleeping position after a lumpectomy is an integral part of the recovery process.

How do you sleep after breast lump removal?

It is recommended patients sleep exclusively on their back after a lumpectomy, with the upper body elevated. This position reduces the painful pulling or stretching of breast tissue, as well as swelling and bruising while improving circulation and preventing fluid buildup. You may sleep on a reclining chair or use pillows to prop yourself up to a 30-40 degree angle. Sleeping in an elevated position will also help you get out of bed easier in the morning, further avoiding stress and damage to your healing breast tissue.

When can you sleep on your side after a lumpectomy?

Most patients can sleep on the opposite side of their lumpectomy surgery without any discomfort. However, sleeping on your back is recommended for at least 4-6 weeks. Talk to your surgeon if you are concerned about your sleeping position after your surgery.

How long should you sleep in a bra after a lumpectomy?

It will depend on the extent of your surgery. If you have a small incision, wearing a compression bra for two days and nights may be sufficient. For more invasive surgeries, you may need to sleep in your bra for up to two weeks. While wearing a bra can feel uncomfortable, this step protects the breast and surgical site to ensure a smoother lumpectomy recovery time.

How long should you rest after a lumpectomy?

There is no specific timeline for recovery. Patients are encouraged to rest as long as they need. Do not feel pressured to resume your normal activities until you feel like your body is ready. In most cases, most women feel they have sufficiently recovered two weeks after their surgery.

Contact Our Beverly Hills Medical Center For More Information

At the Bedford Breast Center, we provide services to women at our convenient Los Angeles location as part of our comprehensive care approach that focuses on removing fear and confusion that often surrounds breast cancer treatment and recovery. Our goal is to be there for our patients throughout this incredibly stressful time. If you would like more information about our full range of breast cancer care in Beverly Hills, contact us or call (310) 278-8590 today.

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