Left Breast Has Pain, Swelling and Redness on Left Side. 5 Month Post-op

I also have experience headache, vomittiing, and generally I am weak. I'm not sure if that is related however very concerned why breast is suddenly in pain, red and swollen

Doctor Answers 11

Pain Swelling and redness in breast 5 months after surgery

It sounds as if you have an infection.  You should contact your plastic surgeon immediately. 

Short Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Breast Implant Infection?

Thank you for the question.

Your description is very concerning that is most consistent with an infectious fluid collection possibly involving the breast implant. Immediate evaluation by your plastic surgery is indicated.

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,488 reviews

Breast augmentation

This soulnd like a problem that you need to address with your surgeon urgently. This could represent an infection. You should contact your surgeon immediately.

David L. Abramson, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Red, swollen breast

Sounds like an infection.  An implant is a foreign body, and while remote infections are rare, they can happen.  Call your doctor immediately.  It sounds like you need to be evaluated, and may need to have some tests performed.  If you cannot reach your doctor, go to the emergency room! 

B. Aviva Preminger, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

Possible infection

You cannot wait on this and need to be seen ASAP!  You may have an infection and this can turn very serious actually even more serious if not taken care of .  Don't delay!!

Edward J. Bednar, MD
Charlotte Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 125 reviews

Left breast pain

It sounds like you have an infection and you should either see your surgeon immediately or go to the nearest hospital to be evaluated.  Good luck!

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Pain, swelling, and redness in one breast 5 months post-op likely means infection!

You need to see your plastic surgeon immediately. Do not call for the next appointment; this is urgent if not an emergency. Otherwise, go to the emergency room and have this evaluated today! You have an infection until proven otherwise. Oral antibiotics will not suffice, and you may need drainage of the infection and removal of your implant (s).

Please do not delay; this is treatable, but only if you get proper care tonight, not tomorrow! Good luck!

Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 255 reviews

Sounds like an infection

You don't say what surgery you had done, but I will assume it had to do with your breast.  What you describe sounds like an infection and can turn serious. It is critical that you been seen at once.  If you have an implant in place it may have to be removed so the infection can be eradicated.  Don't let your condition escalate.  Get seen immediately preferably by your plastic surgeon, but if he/she is not available go to an urgent care facility or your primary care physician.

Lori H. Saltz, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Breast Implants - Possible Infection

Dear nov2010 in San Diego, CA,

You absolutely have to call your plastic surgeon right away.  I'm concerned that you may have an infection and, if so, it needs to be addressed immediately.

It could be something else...but you can't take that chance.  Call your PS as soon as you can find his or her number.

Dr. E

Alan M. Engler, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 125 reviews

Red and swollen breast

It is possible that you have an infection in your breast but that cam only be determined with and examination and possibly blood tests. It would be wise to be seen, if even at a quick care if it has been awhile since your surgery. If you are close to the time you had your breast surgery, you should contact your plastic surgeon sooner rather than later.

I hope you are feeling better soon.

Dr Edwards

Michael C. Edwards, MD, FACS
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

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