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Had bilateral mastectomy three weeks ago and still have drains in. Did this happen to anyone else?

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Survivor since 2011 about 8 years
 
  • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2003
    I didn't have drains as my surgeon felt it was an access for infection so he would manually aspirate any fluid that accumulated in my breast. I went into his office every other day for 3 weeks by the fourth week the excessive fluid build up started to reabsorb on its own.
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  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    Hi Lisa, I had a very unusual experience with my drains. I had my bilateral mastectomy on Oct. 24. My left drain was removed after 4 weeks and my right after 7 weeks. Well, it's been over three months now and I'm still producing fluid. I have to go in at least once a week to be manually drained. My doctor said it doesn't happen very often & I may be healing slowly due to having begun chemo again 3 weeks after my mastectomy. If I continue to fill with fluid they may have to go back in. Sorry for the long story. Lol. Two-six weeks is a normal time period from what I've been told.
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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Diana my right breasr also drained more then the other my problem was that I was very active And felt like I could do whatever I wanted cooking stirring reaching cleaning the more movement I did with my right arm the more drainage as soon as I...

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      Diana my right breasr also drained more then the other my problem was that I was very active And felt like I could do whatever I wanted cooking stirring reaching cleaning the more movement I did with my right arm the more drainage as soon as I listened to stop doing stuff the fluid buildup somewhat subsided. My thoughts and prayers are with you through your journey. Hugs

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Thanks Anne Marie. :). Yes, I thought I might me doing too much, although the only thing I've been doing is laundry & occasional vacuuming. And my boyfriend has been doing the rest. But I've stopped doing anything & I'm still having problems. It...

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      Thanks Anne Marie. :). Yes, I thought I might me doing too much, although the only thing I've been doing is laundry & occasional vacuuming. And my boyfriend has been doing the rest. But I've stopped doing anything & I'm still having problems. It will be 4 months on the 24th. I finished chemo and tomorrow I'll have another PET scan. If all is well, I'm supposed to begin radiation. But they won't be able to begin my treatments as long as I'm still filling up with fluid. This worries me because I'm afraid my cancer will get the chance to recoup. I should know more this week. Thanks so much for thinking of me. Hugs back to you!

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  • Kim Wallis Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Had my drains in for over 4 weeks, my doctor removed them because he was worried about infection. I still have a little bit of fluid it pours out every time I have my expanders filled.
    about 8 years Comment Flag
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    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Yes, drains were removed the fourth seek. Doc told me that sometimes our body just makes a lot of fluid.
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