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Six weeks ago, I got a bilateral mastectomy with implants. One of my breasts has started to swell this week. Any ideas or has this happened to you?

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Learning About Breast Cancer almost 8 years
 
  • Cynthia Roeth Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2009
    I too have had a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction. If you had your major operation six weeks ago, I am wondering if your have still have your 'expanders' in place or has your surgeon already given you your final breast implants. My surgeon did it in stages in order to expand my pectoralis muscles so that my implants would fit in a final surgery. Regardless, I think you should visit your doctor for a follow up in order to have your breast looked at. Before you worry too much though, consider that it could just be some fluid, post operation, that did not drain. One of my friends had that happen and the surgeon opted to drain the excess fluid so that her breast would then continue to heal properly. This was not difficult for her to recover from and was an in-office procedure. My very best to you, dear.
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks so much Cynthia for your answer. After a surgery like this your mind tends to think the worst.

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    • Cynthia Roeth Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      You are most welcome. After two years, I now have far greater feeling in the tissue surrounding my implants, but that took quite a while. At first, it was very numb and I wasn't sure how much of my chest would return to feeling more normal. The...

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      You are most welcome. After two years, I now have far greater feeling in the tissue surrounding my implants, but that took quite a while. At first, it was very numb and I wasn't sure how much of my chest would return to feeling more normal. The body's ability to heal is extraordinary. Hang in there!

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    • Jessica Fisher Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      Cynthia u have no idea how happy this comment made me I just had a bilateral mast on the 18th with tissue expanders in place everything is very numb lots of strange tingling and crawling sensations but very little feeling I'm so glad to hear that...

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      Cynthia u have no idea how happy this comment made me I just had a bilateral mast on the 18th with tissue expanders in place everything is very numb lots of strange tingling and crawling sensations but very little feeling I'm so glad to hear that in time mine may return:)

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