hope things are improving every day. I managed a shallow bath 7 days after surgery. Getting into the bath with 2 drains in was relatively easy but I needed a hand to get back out again. It was so lovely just to lie in clean water for a few minutes though. My surgeon was insistent on leaving the last drain in until 10'days post op so that reduced chance of haematoma and/or seroma. Once all drains were out and wounds healed I could not wait to have a shower even though I found it very uncomfortable being braless even for a few moments, every day felt a bit better though. I too was a bit swollen under my arm. The bruising and swelling took several weeks to really start to go down. However, I had very little pain.
Good luck with the rest of your recovery and enjoy that first post op bath.
Hi all had LD flap oct 31 st was in surgery for 9 hrs quite a long time all went well had 3 drains all removed on the 5 th day I left hospital. slowly everyday getting stronger . Had my back drained wk after my surgery the pocket it filling again so will be back to seroma clinic tues . I'm quite swollen under my arm but been told this will go down . I was wondering when any of you had a bath would love to have one as my back aches a lot and feels bruised and sore I know it's only early days . Keeping up with pain killers it was not as bad as I thought glad I went with this then implant as I'm very pleased with what I have apparently my surgeon said I have very thick skin which helped make my boob bigger to try and match the other one just have to see how it turns out when all the swelling has gone down . Well hope your all doing well stay strong and positive. Jo 🤗
i had LD flap recon just over 2 months ago now. My 'new' breast felt hard for several weeks but is now much softer and has dropped slightly so is a very realistic match for the remaining breast. I've still got a haematoma on my back near one of the drain exits, but it's shrinking now. I've been back to work for several weeks and doing everything else as normal too so am very pleased with the outcome.
If your scar site is swelling best to get the BCN to check it out for you. Good luck. Hope things soon settle down for you.
So uncomfortable for you......I had seroma round my back,following DIEP,not quite the same,but I found swimming helped.In fact,a few sessions doing breast stroke and crawl,it dispersed.Seak advice first,as I left 3 months post op before I got in the water.
I had a similar experience just over 2 years ago - it felt like bags of jelly on my back and under the affected arm. I believe it is caused by a build up of fluid and was told it would eventually disperse. The thinking was that it was better not to drain it as this could result in infection. Some of it is still there but I've learned to live with it as I prefer not to have further unneccesary surgery, but if you're really concerned please ask your breastcare nurse for advice just to set your mind at rest.
Hi, I had a mastectomy and LD flap reconstruction on 6 Sept. My breast feels very hard and my back is swelling around the scar site. What are other women's experience? Am I worrying unduly? Thanks, Debbie.