It is generally your decision whether to return home the day of surgery. The majority of patients who have breast cancer surgery without reconstruction at Johns Hopkins feel so physically well after surgery that they choose to go home that same day. If you do, you will receive oral medications to control your pain and nausea.
Women having lumpectomy surgery may be ready to go home after being in the recovery room for one to two hours. Many patients feel well enough to go out to lunch or dinner that evening to celebrate completing the treatment. This is a testament that they are nausea-free and ready to embrace life again. Any time you can avoid hospitalization, risk of infection is reduced and faster healing is possible. You can also return to normal daily activities sooner.