Mastectomy - ArizonaDiva

Procedure or Surgery Associated with Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). Posted on April 11, 2012 View this journey (3 Experiences)

I have been diagnosed with systemic lupus for approximately 10 years and pressume this may also be why I feel my recovery is slower than anticipated. I had a skin sparing mastectomy with an expander inplanted on the mastectomy side of my right breast and a lift and reduction on the left side. The left side is healing beautifully and I must admit it is wonderful to have the weight off the 38 DDD that I used to have. The right side on the other hand formed a quarter sized blister filled with fluid 4 days after my surgery that easily burst and opened up to raw skin that later spread to an open wound around the incision area. My PS has been treating it with Silverdene and vaseline for 6 weeks now and although it is getting better it has been a very slow process and not close to being healed yet. The wound is so large that I cannot clean it or change the dressings by myself and the pain is quite overwhelming. I'm allergic to NSAIDS so I have been on Percocet to stop the pain. Today I saw the PS and she debried part of the recovery area which has made the wound area bleed and even more painful. I've been seeing her every two weeks to keep an eye on it. My next appt. is in another two weeks which we will talk about skin graphs. She said the skin graph will facilitate the healing otherwise it could take up to a year to heal on its own. She is going to take the skin from a horrible incision on my lower abdomen from a hysterectomy I had years ago. She said she would also fix the scar. My Oncologist will not treat me with and chemo if need be until it has healed. I meet with her May 2nd to go over the pathology report from the mastectomy. It appears I am HER2 positive although I do not appear to have invasive cancer. She has sent it out to a review board as it was VERY contradictory it didn't even list a grade of cancer so I made not need chemo. Has anyone tried any alternative treatment to chemo? Like at any of the clinics in Mexico? Just curious.

Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree

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