• Surgery not going as planned.

    Asked by nancyjac on Monday, April 23, 2012

    Surgery not going as planned.

    Had a bilateral mastectomy with overnight stay in the hospital. A couple of days later, the surgeon called me to say that the pathology report indicated there were still cancer cells in the skin of the left breast area. So more surgery. The surgery to remove additional skin required plastic surgery to cover the wound since it was too large to sew together. Have been in the hospital for a week now. I am told all is going well, but the surgeons want to be sure that the abdominal flap used to cover the left chest is getting an optimal blood supply. I am trying to be patient but I'm getting a little cranky and want to go home.

    Anybody else have surgical "surprises" that threw off scheduled treatment plan?

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    • leepenn's Avatar

      Oh Nancyjac - that stinks! I hope you get no more surprises!

      I have been so lucky except for having an inexperienced nurse who did not help me with stripping the tubing associated with the drains... One itty bitty blip during my one night in the hospital.

      over 4 years ago
    • hikerchick's Avatar

      Hang in there, that sounds rough!
      In the hospital after my BMX, I called the nurse about 2AM and asked her why my right upper arm hurt so much. She pulled up my robe to reveal a blood pressure wrap tight around my arm since surgery the morning before! I hope that didn't increase my chances of lymphedema.
      Nope, cancer was extremely close to the chest wall on the right side but my skin seems to be clear. I do have a gnarly raised scar on part of that right side, though.
      You are fortunate they caught it when they did. Get well soon!

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I too was far from impressed with the hospital nurses. I felt like I often had to remind them of what needed to be done when.

      After 4 surgeries and 2 stays in the hospital (the second one for a week), I finally have clear margins from the pathology report. With the bilateral mastectomies and the plastic surgery taking skin from the right side of my abdomen to cover the would on the left side of my chest, the whole front of my torso looks like a badly drawn road map with all of the sutures, scars, dressings, and drainage tubes. Not really any pain though, just discomfort from the tightness and pulling making it had to sleep for very long at any given time so I am just cat napping day and night for the most part.

      Hopefully drains will come out next week. I also resume my herceptin treatments next week and will see the radiology oncologist in a couple of weeks to get set up for radiation.

      over 4 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      ooooooh - what a relief! i'm so glad you got to the clear margins! also glad to hear that you're not having much pain. may you heal QUICKLY and without additional complications.....

      over 4 years ago

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