Hematoma after prophylactic bilateral double mastectomy. Is it safe to massage the area?

Hi. I had a mastectomy about 2 1/2 weeks ago and the mesh in my left breast broke from the sutures from my armpit and caused a hematoma on the top of my left breast. (Which is small but feels like a hard balled up rubber band).It happened a few days ago. Is it safe to massage the area? should I put ice or heat on it or leave it alone?

Doctor Answers 5

Hematoma solutions

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You can try heat or cold - whatever feels better. Massage won't help too much. Arnica Montana is a natural supplement that can help speed resorption and aid healing. Ultimately, your body will take care of it with time.

Issue after mastectomy

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I think that you need to be seen in person to determine what needs to be done. The best person to ask is your surgeon. Good luck

Hematoma

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Hematoma after implant reconstruction can be a serious condition. Please see your plastic surgeon to address this issue. 

Please check in with your doctor.

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I recommend that you don't massage anything until you have received explicit instructions from your plastic surgeon. Good luck. 

Hematoma

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Thanks for your question. Definitely make an appointment to see your surgeon, but based on the description and timeline, I would simply leave the area alone for now. If possible, wear a bra which provides gentle compression to that area.

Taylor Theunissen, MD
Baton Rouge Plastic Surgeon

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