I had a lump in right breast and got it removed about 3 months ago maybe longer. Is it supposed to be bruised and hurting still?

Where the stitching was it's all bruised.

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Changes after breast surgery

sometimes there is healing inflammation that is purpleish and looks like bruising, but is actually more blood vessels at the surgery site. I feel there is a large, hard lump and the discoloration is greyish, it could be a hematoma. While we always ensure that all bleeding has stopped before finishing a surgery, sometimes small blood vessels can ooze or larger blood vessels can re-open after an incision has been closed. Bleeding into a surgery site that leaves a lump of clotted blood is called a hematoma and happens to every surgeon at some point and is not typically dangerous. The body will always resorb it, but the larger it is, the longer it will take- sometimes months! If it is unusually large (as in, fills the entire surergy site or beyond) or it happens within a few hours of the surgery, we sometimes want to address it immediately with evacuating the blood clot with a procedure or even a second surgery. If a portion is liquified, sometimes we can speed up the process by pulling out the fluid portion with a needle. Arnica Montana is an herb thought to speed the healing process if there is bruising or hematoma retention. Giving the healing process time is the only sure way. Ask your doctor for an ultrasound to check the site and give you answers if you are worried. 

Changes after breast surgery

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sometimes there is healing inflammation that is purpleish and looks like bruising, but is actually more blood vessels at the surgery site. I feel there is a large, hard lump and the discoloration is greyish, it could be a hematoma. While we always ensure that all bleeding has stopped before finishing a surgery, sometimes small blood vessels can ooze or larger blood vessels can re-open after an incision has been closed. Bleeding into a surgery site that leaves a lump of clotted blood is called a hematoma and happens to every surgeon at some point and is not typically dangerous. The body will always resorb it, but the larger it is, the longer it will take- sometimes months! If it is unusually large (as in, fills the entire surergy site or beyond) or it happens within a few hours of the surgery, we sometimes want to address it immediately with evacuating the blood clot with a procedure or even a second surgery. If a portion is liquified, sometimes we can speed up the process by pulling out the fluid portion with a needle. Arnica Montana is an herb thought to speed the healing process if there is bruising or hematoma retention. Giving the healing process time is the only sure way. Ask your doctor for an ultrasound to check the site and give you answers if you are worried. 

Lumpectomy or mastectomy

After either a lumpectomy or mastectomy there is associated bruising.  The pocket left after lumpectomy fills with fluid.  The mastectomy defect is reconstructed with your own tissue or implant(s).  If it were not reconstructed a drain would be necessary to drain the fluid that would build up in the pocket.  

Lumpectomy or mastectomy

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After either a lumpectomy or mastectomy there is associated bruising.  The pocket left after lumpectomy fills with fluid.  The mastectomy defect is reconstructed with your own tissue or implant(s).  If it were not reconstructed a drain would be necessary to drain the fluid that would build up in the pocket.  

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