Fat Necrosis of the Breast Treatment
Breast fat necrosis does not require treatment. The breast lump formed by fat necrosis usually resolves on its own. In some cases, warm compresses may help soften the lump. If the diagnosis is in question, the lump may be removed, in order to evaluate the tissue for the presence of breast cancer.
Treatment for breast fat necrosis may include:
- Apply warm compresses:
- Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 4 hours.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
Fat Necrosis of the Breast Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of breast fat necrosis.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for breast cancer?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Fat Necrosis of the Breast Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat breast fat necrosis:
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