Post-Op Complications Questions

  • Louisiana Lady
  • 2 years ago

Today is April 26 2012 and I just had a breast reduction on March 7, 2012 and I am having some complications that my surgeon can't explain and he told me that he has never seen this in any of his other patients...so I am hoping someone in the forum might be able to help me.  I have faithfully worn the sports bra as instructed after surgery and have followed ALL of my doctors instructions...but both of my breasts are still very red and inflamed and hot to the touch and I have a huge lump in the right breast and underneath the right breast it looks as if it has busted open because it was gaping open and draining, now I have developed two more gaping holes that have a thick smelly drainage.  I have already had two rounds of Cipro, and now the surgeon is telling me to stop wearing the sports bra and go bra-less to see if the inflammation goes away...I have followed his advice and yet the problem still has not resolved...I'm frustrated, my breasts hurt and as if thats not enough, on the right side at the end of the incision it now looks like I have formed a wing on the side when I hold up my arm...I am really beginning to wonder if I may have had a qualified surgeon or not.  I would welcome any suggestions or advice. Thanks

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Hi Louisiana: I'm certainly not a doctor, nor have I even had my reduction yet, but based on what you are saying, especially the heat of your breast and the thick, smelly discharge, I would be getting a second opinion fairly quickly. You might even consider a trip to emergency if you can't get an appointment with your family doctor fairly soon. In no way do I mean to alarm you, but I'm very much of the "err on the side of caution" mindset and both the fact that your breasts seem "hot" and there is a smell discharge sound as though you could be harboring an infection. It may be as simple as changing the type of anitbiotic you've been on, but I would certainly get another opinion sooner rather than later. Best of luck and keep us posted.
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Hi Louisiana lady,
I agree with piggles70. It sounds like there is something going on in terms of an infection and although you have had Cipro ??(ciprofloxicillin?) you may need a wound swab to see what is growing in the wound. Also your general health-are you feeling ok? Do you have a high temp all the time or just at night? Go and see your family Dr or another surgeon asap or like piggles has said, your ER.
You dont want the infection to get so bad that it makes you ill generally, so get it looked at asap and see what antibiotics can get this under control so you can heal properly. Let us know how you get on?
lots of love xx
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