Burning in Breast 5 Days PO?

I am 5 days PO and was doing great until tonight. I have a burning along the inner part of my left breast. They are still considerably swollen but this particular area of this breast feel hot to the touch and there is a burning sensation within. Today was my first day back to work so I am not sure if this is a result of overdoing it or something worse like an infection. Is this pain typically normal so soon after surgery?

Doctor Answers (10)

Burning 5 days post-op

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This may be as simple as nerves stretching from "over-doing it" but could indicate the start of an infection.  I would advise you to see your surgeon asap so this can be distinguished.  It should be an easy diagnosis with examination. 


Houston Plastic Surgeon
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painful sensation after surgery

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The  sensation that you describe can indicate one of two things depending on if the burning sensation is more tingly in nature versus more  like a sunburn sensation. In instances where there is a "tingly" burning sensation, it is likely that the sensation is secondary to either nerve compression or stretch from the implants and should resolve spontaneously over the next week to two weeks. However if the burning sensation is more akin to a sunburn, this may indicate an infection in this area. If there is redness  accompanying the burning sensation this would be even more indication for possible infection. I recommend that you contact your plastic surgeon immediately.

Christopher Khorsandi, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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Burning in Breast 5 Days PO?

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Although a wide range of symptoms is common after breast surgery, including burning pain after breast implants, a sudden increase in pain associated with a "hot spot" is enough of a concern so that you should contact your PS.  It will hopefully turn out to be a minor bump on the road but that is not a decision you should make on your own.

I hope that this helps and good luck,

Dr. E

Alan M. Engler, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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If the area is hot to the touch, this may be a sign of infection, so a call to your surgeon is my only suggestion. Based on some give and take the surgeon may ask to be come to the office for evaluation.

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