• Mastectomy incision not healing

    Asked by MAMADUKES on Wednesday, August 8, 2012

    Mastectomy incision not healing

    Have had 3 additional surgeries after mastecty the last was to remove the expander. Area just was not healing. Been 4 weeks since last surgery and incision is still draining. Not infected so could potentially heal eventually. Surgeon suggests going back in and cleaning up again with a new drain. Each surgery sets me back fr the ultimate goal. But of I just wait for it to heal itself could take time too. Anyone have this scenario themselves ? And what was the final outcome? Any suggestions

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • Rose's Avatar

      I had a double mastectomy and the right side healed so slowly. But for me that side kinda rolled over onto itself so the top fold of skin kept rubbing the incision and that prevented it from healing. I had to keep gauze on it and wrap an ace bandage around my torso to keep it in place. I changed it twice a day. Using tape to hold it in place would have taken a toll on my skin after several days. I think that the chemo tx have something to do with healing. I've never taken so long to heal any other time.

      almost 5 years ago
    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      I had my ileostomy reversed almost 2 months ago. The site where the stoma was left "open to close". This meant no stitches or anything. I had just a big hole. It initially started to heal quickly and I thought it was actually all healed up about 3 weeks ago. Then about a week and a half ago, I had horrible pain at the site. When I took a shower and washed the area, the scab came off, and then a lot of drainage. The drainage was red and didn't smell so I knew it wasn't infected. Since then, it's still oozing and I have to keep it covered. Seemed like the outside healed faster than the inside.

      I called the PA at my surgeon's office and she indicated that having a recent history of chemo does slow healing. She told me to keep it covered and clean and if it's not healing in another week or so, they will probably open it back up to see what is keeping it from healing.

      It's frustrating that things don't heal as fast as we would like. Unfortunately there is little we can do. I have tried increasing my protein in my diet but I haven't seen a difference. Hang in there and do what you think is best for you. Afterall, you know your body best!

      almost 5 years ago
    • blondie's Avatar

      Do they know why the drain has to be repeatably replaced? Had my port replaced because it had a small hole.

      almost 5 years ago
    • MarnieC's Avatar

      Mamadukes, I recently wrote an article about my top favorite things to promote healing after surgery: http://marnieclark.com/my-top-favorite-things-to-promote-surgery-recovery/
      I hope something in the list helps you!

      almost 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Are you a smoker? Smoking causes considerable delays and problems with wound healing.

      almost 5 years ago
    • jvbaseballmom2's Avatar

      One of my incisions wasn't healing well, and started to get an infection. They took out my expander, sewed me up again, and it healed perfectly.

      over 4 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar

      Thank you for sharing your experience. I hope all is well.

      Your question reminded me of an experience page we have on the site about getting a mastectomy.


      Best of luck to all,

      over 3 years ago

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