About Me: Female, 62, Valley, AL, member since Oct 2009
I am a married woman with three children and six grandchildren. I have had numerous surgeries since first being dianosed with breast cancer. Most of the surgeries have been related to the reconstruction of my breasts. I started out with expanders and then silicone imp
[More]lants. My skin was so thin that the incisions would not heal, they kept splitting open. Finally my doctor took skin from my back in March of this year. The left breast did fine, but the right breast started swelling a couple of months after the surgery. In May of this year, I went back into the hospital, the inplant was removed and a new one was put in. To try and hold down the chance of infection, my doctor opted to not put a drain tube in, but to remove the fluid with needles in his office. I go twice a week on Tuesday and Friday for him to do this. I went Friday and everything seem find, he drew off less fluid than the previous Tuesday. Saturday/Sunday my breast started swelling again and is as large as it was when he did the surgery in May. Monday night the incision on my breast came open in one spot and I have fluid draining from my breast. The last time this happened, it would not close and the inplant was visible. I have banaged my breast and will see my doctor today. I am wondering if he is missing something or what else can be done. I fully expect him to insert a drain in my breast today or I am going to ask him to draw the fluid off more than twice a week. I am really depressed about this whole thing. I started reconstruction in September, 2008. I never thought it would take this long. I know it would be hard for you to tell me anything without an exam, but please, if you can think of anything I or my doctor can be doing, please advise.
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