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8 Days Post Op and Having Very Bad Pain in the Left Breast?

i have been doing very minimal at work / things around the house . But i keep getting a very brutal pain in my left breast from 1 - 10 the pain is definitely a 8 or 9 it only last maybe up to 5 minutes but it feels like somebody is stabbing me in the chest and it hurts to breathe in and out if i push on the spot where it hurts then it will stop ? Any idea what this could be ? Should i be worried ? my BA is 6 hours away .. only happened maybe 3 or 4 times and last only a max if 5 min.

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Post op and breast lift

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It is difficult to determine what is causing your pain without examining you. I would recommend for you to go back to your plastic surgeon and have he/she re-examine you.


Key West Plastic Surgeon
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Pain after breast surgery

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Thank you for your question.  It is common to have pain after breast surgery, but most people would not describe the pain as a 8 or 9 out of 10.  Depending on the type of surgery you had, there can be varying amounts of discomfort.  It is important to communicate with your surgeon during the early post operative period, especially if you are having a significant amount of pain.  If the pain is getting worse or the breast is enlarging, this could indicate a problem that your surgeon needs to know about.  Although you are far, pictures or a live chat over the internet can be very helpful.  Good luck!

 

Brian C. Reuben, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
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8 Days Post Op and Having Very Bad Pain in the Left Breast?

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Although most patients still have pain at eight days, this does seem a bit out of the ordinary, and will not be resolved on the internet. 

SInce your surgeon is so far away, next best would be to forward some photos and call him/her. After some give and take on the phone, a better recommendation of whether you need to be seen by your surgeon or a local doctor can be made.

Some of the possible causes are serious, most not.

All the best. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

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