• fat necrosis

    Asked by MarianneT on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

    fat necrosis

    Has anyone had a fat necrosis appear a few years after surgery? I found a lump on the chest wall and on ultrasound appears as fat necrosis. The radiologist feels that it is concerning because usually fat necrosis appears no more than a year or so after surgery because it is from surgical trauma. I had a bilateral mastectomy a little over 4 years ago. I check thoroughly and so does my doctor so I know it is a new lump. I did lose 18 lbs. so maybe I can finally feel it after the weight loss. Well anyway, I am having a biopsy tomorrow. I am just wondering if anyone has had a similar experience

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    • Debdawn64's Avatar
      Debdawn64

      I have had double mastectomy and did reconstruction last Nov., getting ready to do the nipples in May. Recently, I also found a lump under my R. arm and they said fat necrosis. I found another one on my tummy, they ultrasound it and said it was lipoma, which means fatty cyst. I think it is important to get them checked out, especially if it is worrying you. Good luck to you! Hugs!

      over 4 years ago
    • MarianneT's Avatar
      MarianneT

      Thank you Debdawn, I had my biopsy this morning. Although waiting for results is torture, I am so glad I followed up. I had nipples done. They came out really great. I am very glad I did that as well. Good luck and hugs to you too!

      over 4 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar
      Nonnie917

      I had a fatty lypoma on my tail bone and it interfered with my quality of life. Once I found out it wasn't a birth defect as originally indicated I had it removed. What a difference a made in my life. I can now lay on my back without pain. Hopefully that is what you have? Be sure you keep us posted on your test results.

      over 4 years ago
    • MarianneT's Avatar
      MarianneT

      Thanks! Biopsy went well. They took 5 samples. I should have results Monday. sometimes I feel like this never ends!

      over 4 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar
      Nonnie917

      MarianneT, I know exactly what you mean. Ever since I was DX'd with BC it has been non stop health issues that have completely worn me down. This latest bout with my hip and leg has got me in physical therapy. I am so tired of all this stuff that has been going on. Sometimes I think I would just like the Lord to take me home, but then I remember my kids, husband and grandkids and what it would do to them if I went early. So I live with all that is going on hoping that it will all just go away soon. I hope your biopsy's come out negative.

      over 4 years ago
    • MarianneT's Avatar
      MarianneT

      Thank you Nonnie. I hope your PT helps and your feeling better soon.

      over 4 years ago
    • busymom0413's Avatar
      busymom0413

      I had bilateral mastectomy in November 2011 finished reconstruction 2013. My fat necrosis showed up in several spots a few ago. Weren't sure what they were. I went through several tests and that's what they found it to be. The radiologist actually found more when doing ultrasound. They are all gone now. Try not to worry. Hope you get good news. Sorry you have to go through this

      over 4 years ago
    • chazteach's Avatar
      chazteach

      I have one on my left breast, the one which has lump removed in 2004. Had another lump removed in 2007, this time right side. After chemo and radiation after each bout with cancer, 8 yrs later I get a fatty necrosis on the boob first diagnosed in 2004. I'm having both boobs removed 6/26/15. I'm done with tests and restes. I'm worried about only being allowed to stay in hospital 23 hours. Who helps you figure it all out? Does a nurse come to the house to help?

      over 4 years ago
    • MarianneT's Avatar
      MarianneT

      My biopsy was negative thankfully. Ultrasound in 6 months to insure its stability. I had a bi-lateral mastectomy 4.5 years ago. The fat necrosis showed up on my chest wall. So even after your bi-lateral they will still keep a close eye on all areas. Good luck to you!

      over 4 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar
      Nonnie917

      How on earth do you feel a fat necrosis through your implants. I would like to know because I haven't tried to find my chest wall and I wasn't aware that your chest wall could be felt. I guess that is why my surgeon told me I still had to be checked every year because they can't get all the breast tissue removed. Guess that means the wall and under arms. MarieannT, my surgery came through just fine. At home recuperating now. I can take my arms above my head as instructed, but cannot reach for anything. Otherwise staying ahead on my pain meds and doing good. Thank for thinking of me. All of you thank you so much for your caring and prayers.

      over 4 years ago
    • MarianneT's Avatar
      MarianneT

      Hi Nonnie! I am so glad your surgery went well. I followed all instructions carefully as far as movement and rehabbing the area and I have great range of motion. Just above the implant is considered the breast wall. The lump I felt was just above the implant...almost felt like it was growing from a rib. Very hard too. They do check the arms pits, nodes in neck, and all around the area. My doctor feels the abdomen too. I go every 6 months now. My surgeon is very aggressive. The first thing he said to me was that he was aggressive and if I did not want an aggressive surgeon he was not the one for me. He takes large margins so I hope he got everything below the implants. Good luck to you...feel better!

      over 4 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar
      Nonnie917

      Thank you MarianneT for that information. Now I know what to do to protect myself.

      over 4 years ago

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