Survivor since 2007
I had mine removed in the surgeon's office with numbing. There was some discomfort but (FOR ME) not worth general anesthesia because it was such a quick process. The doctor, his assistant and I were talking and laughing and just took a few seconds for me to say "Ouch" and it was done.
We are all different with different pain thresholds. After my mastectomy, I didn't take anything for pain because I just didn't have any. What works for me might not work for the next woman. Have a very serious talk with your surgeon about the level of discomfort you might experience. Realize, it is not something that is a drawn out procedure, it is brief. The numbing process takes much longer that the actual removal. Hang in there.... you are on the HOME STRETCH!!!! Take care, Sharon