Thank you so much for the answer Narnia girl, and apologies I havent replied till now. Think in the blur I forgot to come back online to check. It went really well and I was out the day after. I did have a drain in but they were able to take it out quickly.
"Looking forward" to chemo starting on Monday now. Yikes!
Hello Georgie, I had a mastectomy in October and I had a drain in for a day, it was removed before I went home. I hated the thought of a drain, but it wasn't so bad as they put it in a little bag so you don't see it much and it didn't hurt. It helps to reduce the swelling from the incision etc which helps the healing, so it's doing a useful job - I don't think it's to do with lymph nodes, though I guess it should mean this op will be quicker and less extensive. The drain was very secure and didn't stop me sleeping. Before the op my nurse went through everything in great detail which helped prepare me so I hope your nurse helps you too. The phone helpline nurses on here are marvellous too. All the best x
I'm new to the forums and just figuring how it all works.
I'm triple negativen and had a lumpectomy and total axillary clearance just over 3 weeks ago. After the results they cant be sure that they got all the pre-cancerous tissue so I am now looking at a 2nd op on 27th Dec for mastectomy. Given all the lpymphs have already been taken - I'm wondering whether they are likely to need a drain afterwards? Any thoughts?