A good few years after my first bc I was somewhat fed up with many things. I had talked about a certain tattoo for years and decided I was going to get it done.
I have a pair of lips, in red, on my right buttock. You have heard of the phrase kiss my arse???
The tattoo artist said he would see me again in 12 months as everyone always has another. Being the stubborn person I am I made sure not to have any more.
BUT I'm now thinking, when hormone tablet treatment is over (5 years) I'm going to have a little blue tit bird tattooed sitting on the edge of the lips.
The little marker you have will help them to know where the wire guide needs to be placed. Oh and I then had a mammogram to check the wire was definitely in the right place. Having my boob squashed knowing there was write in it felt a bit worrying.
The little boob dots are so tiny that I have difficulty locating them should I think about looking these days - but that doesn't matter as long as the radiotherapist could find them.
If your hospital has all the department's needed for radio injection and wire guide you will probably be prepped the morning of your op. I've heard some people say they had to go to a different hospital the day before if their surgery unit didn't have the other departments.
In my case there were 3 of us in all needing radio injection and wires.
After being admitted and shown to our bed we trooped down to radiology and waited our turn to have a small injection of the radiation.
Then we all trooped to the breast unit where a wire was inserted guided by ultrasound.
Then it was back to the surgery ward to change into surgery gowns just before going. I was the last of the 3 so sat reading a book in my clothes for a few hours (while getting very hungry!!).
Blue dye is injected once you are knocked out.
I peed blue for a day then greenish for a few days. Lovely!
Dint in boob? I guess it depends a bit on size of boob and size of lump.
I had a 15mm lump removed from top of breast (B cup), scar about 3 inches just on bandeau bikini top line, years ago and I had a dint that no amount of push up bras seemed to fill. On eventually getting a small implant the surgeon found that scar tissue was stuck to breast tissue which meant there was a snag causing the dint.
Second time round and I've had 26mm removed from the other side! Again the top but deep against chest wall. This scar is from nipple, horizontal towards under arm, about 2 inches. So far I've not noticed any dint but then the tissue was taken from deeper in the boob. But the scar does seem to make that nipple point more westwards than forward!
All the best for your surgery when it happens.
I've found 'They' are much more concerned about final appearance nowadays so I'm sure 'They' will do as neat a job as possible. 🙂
The guided wire is put in by the radiologist to pinpoint the exact place within the breast where the area of change is when the surgeon can not feel it. The wire is then taped to your chest. There's a small hook at the tip of the wire to prevent it moving about before the operation.
I had this done as there was some cancer further back in my breast, as well as near my right nipple, where there was a lump, which moved about.
Hope this of some use to you. x
The blue die wee disappears very quickly - at least, it did for me - less than 24 hours. I didn't cry at all so don't know about blue tears.
The guidewire was put in a couple of hours before the surgery and once it was in I didn't know it was there although I didn't poke around to find out!
After the op my scar was rather 'interesting' and my nipple sort of disappeared completely. However, within a month the scar had healed and my nipple returned to normal (better than before as it had imploded a little - one of the signs that all wasn't well). I do have a slight scar around the nipple area but nothing that would frighten someone in M&S when measuring me for a bra.
I do have lots of bosom - 38G - and the operated one is a slightly different shape to the other, but not enough to notice when I'm dressed.
My op was in February 2014 so is well behind me these days.