I had a masetcomy 10 or so weeks ago and have been plagued by infections. 2 chemo cycles under my belt - last one 9 days ago. On Wednesday saw the surgeon who said the wound had just about closed, Friday it looked all soggy so saw the nurse who thought she could see the implant! re-dressed it and booked to see her Tuesday, Today the dressing looked wet so I took it off, only to be faced with a 10p piece sized hole though which I can see white so assume it's the implant or mesh I can see. Surgeon has put me on antibiotics but really scared its just going to open up and will have to have the implant removed.
Anyone had problems with wounds/implants etc? Very stressed.
I had radiotherapy in 2002 after lumpectomy x 2 then in 2013 it was back in the same place as dcis and had to have mx but dident want to be flat so went for immediate recon . had ld flap but surgeon said that i wouldent be able to have implant as i had previouse radio to that breast as the result would not be good so i have just the muscle from my back which isent enough so im having fat liporemodeling done .waiting to have second filling done soon i hope then uplift to other breast + nipple +tattoo . i will get there in the end . cant believe 14 yrs and im having to do it all again but no nodes involved so that was a relieif hope everything goes well for you . linda
Natalka007, that sounds like mine, my op was about 10 weeks ago. Problem is I'm also going through chemo which doesn't help the healing. Fingers crossed for the coming week.
Thank you for your replies ladies. I saw my surgeon today and she said if it isn't closing up within a week then she'll have to take the implant out and either put a smaller one in so she can close the wound, or put an expander in. I have my third chemo due on Friday 19th so we haved 10 days or so to see what happens. I'm seeing the surgeon again on Friday and Monday along with the oncologist.
Are you going through chemo as well? I don't know how that fits with having another operation but they can't leave a big hole in me until March!
10 weeks after masectomy I also found a 3-4 cm hole. My surgeon put me on antibiotics, but 2 weeks later my implat had to be removed ... hole was not healing. I also could see a mesh (blue colored mesh). Every case is different, so in your case It could still heal !!!! I do have a pic. how it looked , if you would like I can email it to you, so you can compare
Riversidedawn & Jillybee.
Sounds like you are on it with the honey therapy. My GP needed a bit of persuasion. Following my first surgery i developed a severe reaction to the dressings (whole area blistered) so GP did prescribe clear view / opsite dressings but was reluctant.
Take Care Gilly x
i guess one of the difficulties is that you are already on the Chemo Course which won'tt help the healing process. Over the last two years i have had 5 surgeries. Mastopexy , mastectomy etc etc August this year i had expander exchange to right mastectomy site and left side reduction / lift, Amazingly the right side seems to have healed well each time but the left side where i had lift and reduction would not heal at the T Junction....... 2 lots of antibiotics ... lots of dressings.......5 weeks in all. My Son is a Renal Transplant Nurse Specialist and they use Medi Honey on wounds of immuno compromised patients when wounds are not healing. My GP agreed to prescribe this for me in 25g tubes. Your apply, dress the wound and come back in three days, The hole then was like a cream coloured soft tissue but when i bathed it gently the edges had started to close, i used the treatment twice, total 6 days and it was completely healed.
It was difficult for me as a Nurse cos i'm a messer....like to looking at it each day etc.... but was able to leave it and the end result was good.....Just a drug free option worth looking at. I am sure your hospital will have access to it, maybe you could ask for a referral to tissue viability nurses.
Take Care. Gilly x
JillyBee, I just feel so miserable. My head is saying the implant will have to come out - I've thought that for a few weeks so I guess anything else will be a bonus. How did they take your implants out? was it through the same wound or a new one? Luckily (or not) I don't have any tummy to take for reconstruction so don't know what they can do to rectify it.
My surgeon is always in London when this happens - so far 3 infections, always on Sunday and she's always away. I do have her mobile number but would rather see her than the on call doctor. I just imagine the hole getting bigger and bigger by the day.