Procedures: Duct Excision

A duct excision is most commonly done for treatment of a ductal papilloma. This involves making an incision in the areola and nipple to isolate and remove the duct containing the papilloma. Please remove the dressing over the incision 2 days after the surgery. You may note some tiny stitches in the incision. These stitches are made of dissolving material and will fall out on their own. You may shower daily and apply a thin film of antibiotic ointment over the incision for the first week post op. You may need to place a piece of gauze over the incision to protect it during this time.

It is a good idea to wear a supportive bra or a sports bra to minimize pain and swelling. An ice pack over the area (20 minutes on and 20 minutes off for the first 24-48 hours) may also help to relieve pain and swelling.

You will receive a prescription for a mild narcotic to take as you need. You may also take Tylenol or ibuprofen for pain.

A small amount of drainage or bleeding from the incision is common. Please contact us if you note large amounts of drainage, increasing pain , redness or swelling or fever.