Mammary Duct Excision


Your physician has scheduled you for a mammary duct excision. This is a surgical procedure to remove a duct from your breast in order to evaluate it for malignancy or to relieve symptoms associated with the duct. Understandably, you have questions about what to expect.


What should I do on the day of surgery?
What should I expect once I arrive at the surgical center?
What should I expect after the surgery?
When do I need to call the doctor?
Authorization and Payment
Important Numbers



What should I do on the day of surgery?


Do not eat or drink anything for at least 8 hours prior to the scheduled procedure. You will need someone to take you home after the surgery. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may wish to bring a front-closure support or sport bra to wear home from the hospital.


Top of the page



What should I expect once I arrive at the surgical center?


  • You will need to check in at least 1 hour prior to the scheduled procedure for preoperative assessment.

  • The procedure generally lasts one hour.

  • The doctor will speak to the family after the procedure.

  • You will be in recovery for approximately one hour and will be able to leave after that if an overnight stay is not planned.


Top of the page



What should I expect after the surgery?


  • It is helpful to wear a support or sports bra around the clock for two weeks after surgery.

  • Usually, you will have a waterproof plastic dressing over your incision.

  • Because you are wearing this plastic dressing, you will be able to take a shower on the day after surgery unless your physician specifically tells you otherwise.

  • Do not remove the dressing.

  • You might have a small amount of bleeding and swelling. This is normal.

  • The sutures are usually dissolvable underneath the skin, so that you will not have to have them removed.

  • Your physician will write a prescription for pain medication. Oftentimes, you will not need to take this medication and Tylenol or Ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil) will suffice and are allowable.

  • If you take just one prescription pain pill, you make take one, additional, regular-strength Tylenol.

  • Do not exceed this amount, as Tylenol is an ingredient in most prescription pain pills and can have severe consequences with over-dosage.

  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery while taking prescription pain medicine.

  • Prescription pain medicines may alter your judgment.

  • You may resume normal activity the day after your surgery.

  • Do not do any aerobic or strength exercising for one week without consulting your physician.

  • Beware of any trauma to the surgical site for at least one week after the surgery.

  • You should get your results 3 to 5 working days after the surgery. Your physician or nurse will call you with your results if they arrive before your post-op visit.

  • You should call the office and schedule a post-op visit for approximately one week after your surgery.


Top of the page



When do I need to call the doctor?


  • If you have a fever over 101.5 in the first week after surgery.

  • If you have blood that continues to leak from under your dressing.

  • In this event, hold tight pressure with a towel over the site until you reach the doctor.

  • If you have excessive nausea and / or vomiting.

  • If your wound becomes tight and excessively painful.


If at any time, you feel you have a life-threatening or urgent problem, either call 911, or proceed to an Emergency Room.


Top of the page



Authorization and Payment


We will call your insurance company to pre-certify the surgery. If there is a question of coverage, we will let you known as soon as possible. If you will not utilize insurance, we will provide you with an estimate of fees associated with the surgery, so that you may budget appropriately. Our billing department will work with you to discuss payment arrangements or questions about your benefits. As a reminder, you will most likely receive a series of bills associated with the surgery, as many providers will be involved with your care: the facility where the surgery takes place, our office, the radiologist, the pathologist, and the laboratory, etc.


Top of the page



Important Numbers


Northside Hospital 404-851-8000
Atlanta Outpatient Surgery Center (AOSC) 404-252-3074
Aesthetica 404-303-7542
Breast Care Specialists 404-255-8086 *

*For an emergency after hours, you will receive instructions for reaching the doctor


BCS Surgery Scheduling 404-255-8086 ext. 204

Top of the page