• Fluid draining after sugery

    Asked by nancyjac on Sunday, May 27, 2012

    Fluid draining after sugery

    Not really a question here but just wanted to share my experience with others who may go through this. I had a bilateral mastectomy 6 weeks ago, followed by 3 additional surgeries to remove additional skin (inflamatory breast cancer) and finally plastic surgery to cover the wound on the left side because too much skin had to be removed to be able to close the would without a flap.

    After the surgeries, I had drainage tubes for about 10 days. They were removed when the amount of daily drainage was under the required threshhold consistently. Two weeks later I was scheduled to start daily radiation treatments, but a few days before that I found a large, hard lump a few inches below my left armpit. So the radiation was postponed pending a new biopsy. My surgeon did a needle aspiration and withdrew quite a bit of fluid from the lump. That was 2 days ago and the lump is still there and still hard but about half the size it was. The surgeon told me it was nothing to worry about.

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      Ran out of the allotted characters before I finished my post.....

      My radiation is back on schedule to start on Tuesday. I may have to have this fluid pocket drained again if it doesn't go away on it's own. Just wanted to relay this to any of the rest of you that may have this happen, because for a few days there I was really anxious about suddenly developing a new (or at least newly discovered) cancerous tumor that turned out to be a harmless fluid pocket.

      over 4 years ago

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