drains I have started this topic for new user christine

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hi i have just had a mastectomy done a week today, feel a bit rough but after the drains came out i was left with an infection, needs changing all the time, has anyone else been through this or am i just the lucky one.

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Infections Hi Christine
I had WLE in July 03, and got very bad infection afterwards, this meant I had to go to hosp. twice a day to have dressings changed for a few days, then daily for about 2 weeks.
I was also put on 2 different antibiotics (double dose initially). Infection was in both wound and drain site. Took 6 weeks before it was sufficiently cleared for me to start chemo.
Take care of yourself, and don’t overdo things, infection will go, but mine was painful, took a long time and left serious scar.

3 1/2 years on, (and further serious infection 18 months ago). I’ve just had reconstruction (Lat Dorsi) last week, and keeping fingers crossed no infection this time. So far early days, but pleased with results and looks as if scar is significantly improved.

You have been unlucky, but unfortunately it is reasonably common, I seem to be prone to them. Rest and look after yourself, take care it will get better.