Hi Beryl, sorry you've got some pain and I suspect your GP will say it isn't anything to worry about but I would go anyway just to be on the safe side. If you can't get in to see your GP quickly, could you go to your local pharmacy instead as they are pretty good with this sort of thing and will say if they think you need to go back to the hospital.
Probably being over cautious but I think that is better than letting a potential problem become an actual problem.
The last couple of days I've been having problems with the wound and micropore.
A very painful and tight feeling in one area and very sore in another.
this morning I decided to soak the micropore off and start again. I then found on my bra, where the sore area is, was signs of weeping but dry now. And the other one is very bruised, it is where the tube to the drain went into me.
Anyway OH carefully put fresh micropore on, checked to make sure the wound was dry and although still very sore it is more comfortable.
It is hard for me to see underneath as I had an implant.
Not sure if I should get it checked or not??
Stella you're a life-saver, ordered some Macom bras as soon as I read your post and it'll be such a relief to wear something that actually fits! Thank you so much xx
Washing the wounds or even looking at them wasn't an option for me, as I was tightly strapped into a huge dressing for two weeks. I washed the more accessible bits of armpit with warm water and a soft flannel. It was a bit itchy round the edges of the dressing. When the dressing came off, the scars were knitting together well. I continued with just water on the scars, with a clean flannel each day, and a little gentle soap on the armpit.
It will be fine!
Thanks Sarah, I'm due back next Thursday to get my results but not sure I can face the surgeons/my BCN again as I am so disappointed in them so far. I'm going to ask the hospital to send me my pathology report and if it says more surgery is needed I'll transfer to a different hospital but if it is chemo and/or radiation I can stay at my current hospital as it wouldn't involve any further contact with the people I now mistrust (and it is the only hospital within reasonable travel distance so I don't want to transfer if I don't have to).
Thanks Beryl, very glad to hear that the colours are normal! I'll give the armpit a go with Simple tomorrow but stay well away from the incisions for now and I guess I'll just have to make do with the current bra as I've searched high and low and can't find anything in my size so this is the least worst option! 🙂
Oh golly gosh Sharon
1st my boob went bright greeny yellow bruise and still is now in new place. they just keep on going!
I used face cloths initailly in my arm pit just used to soak them in warm water and gently clean, especially under arm, then pat dry with a very soft towell
Then i started using Simple so I squirt a little(very small amount) Simple shower stuff onto face cloth and gently dab, then the same with fresh water then pat. I was told not to get wound wet for some time though, it was more a case of keeping 'fresh' and dry.
Didn't actully do anything to incision areas until I was given the go-ahead on friday (2 weeks after event) as they are glued
As for Bra - well my BCN was really good there but mine was a different op to yours
Hope it helps
I'm sorry to be asking such stupid questions but I've no confidence in my BCN so I wondered if any of you could help? The first one is about my post-surgery wounds which were black and are now all yellow and green around the incisions - is that normal for day 3?
2nd question is about bras. I bought a front-fastening Royce bra specifically made for breast surgery but they didn't make any in my size so I got an E/F cup when I am actually a G cup so my boobs are being squished by it. Is that going to affect the shape of my poor mangled post-surgery boob? Would I be better off with something else or by going without a bra?
Final question, what's the best way to keep the breast/armpit incision areas clean? I was told it was OK to shower but not to soak the areas. So far I've just wiped round the incisions with a bit of water and an antiseptic wipe but is it OK to use Simple soap or something equivalent on the actual incisions?
Thanks for any help ladies