• Breast still swollen - 4 months later

    Asked by fiddler on Saturday, May 11, 2013

    Breast still swollen - 4 months later

    How do I reduce breast swelling? Is it normal to be swollen after so long post-op?

    6 Answers from the Community

    6 answers
    • debco148's Avatar

      I think the group would love to help you fiddler..we just need a little more info. What was your surgery like? Have you gone back to your surgeon to have this checked? Healing is different for all of us, so it may be ok, if you've asked your surgeon and have been examined for any trace of infection, scar tissue, or possible needing more drainage. Could be any one of many things...get in to the surgeon to be sure.
      Best of luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      Which surgery did you have? I had a mastectomy with expander so it hurt all the time. When I had implants my breasts stayed swollen for quite a while. They told me i could take pain meds or ibuprofen. Call your surgeon. They should be able to give you advice. Hope you find relief soon . Good luck with everything. Love and hugs to you:)

      over 3 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar

      Always double check with your doctor and leave nothing to chance. I would say use ice, but then I was told not to use ice after my surgery. So really your best bet is to contact your doctor and find out what he/she says. They may want to see you to check the swelling out. Better to be safe than sorry.

      over 3 years ago
    • grandmajean5's Avatar

      I have had swelling since my second lumpectomy in Nov. from an infection. There was no pain, no fever or any other symptoms. My surgeon wanted me to wait it out rather than putting me through any more trauma to determine what was causing it. He has kept a close eye on it and it is just about home. Definitely have your doctor check it out. You don't need any more problems.

      over 3 years ago
    • virginiab's Avatar

      I am one year past diagnosis and 11 months since lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy. My breast has been swollen for the majority of that time. I had some brief periods of lesser swelling, but it wasn't until the past couple of months when my radiologist suggested a regular regimen of ibuprofen that the swelling has really subsided.

      I guess it takes as long as it takes, and that varies by type of surgery, age of the patient, general health, and (of course) any specific conditions like infection or seroma that may slow things down. Although I did not have infection, I did have a seroma that only subsided sometime after radiation was finished.

      So it's good to have your doctor confirm that there is not a problem that needs treatment, and then relax into the healing process, do what you can to get enough sleep, to eat healthy foods, to exercise, and generally take care of yourself. And ask about anti-inflammatory drugs....

      over 3 years ago
    • fiddler's Avatar

      Thank you everyone for your answers. I'll just give my body time to heal. It's not swollen enough to merit medical intervention. I had 2 lumpectomies and a sentinel node excision in mid-January. Since I posted, the swelling has gone down about 1/3 - I've been moving my arm as much as possible and massaging the breast area.

      over 3 years ago

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