Mastectomy Surgical Dehiscence
Hello fellow warriors. My name is Lynne. This is my 2nd time with breast cancer. I was 1st diagnosed in December 2006 and opted for a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation. In hindsight, I should have had the double mastectomy then when I was younger (50) and stronger. However, I most likely would have opted for reconstruction back then.
My 2nd diagnosis of breast cancer was an easy decision to have a double mastectomy at the end of May 2022. The surgeon kept me overnight in the hospital thank goodness because the next morning I lost a liter of blood in 4 minutes and had to go back into surgery. After being discharged from the hospital I’ve been to the emergency room once and had to go weekly to the surgeon’s office to monitor the fluid buildup and have it drained with a needle if necessary. Just when I thought all was healing from fluid buildup my surgical incision burst open 2 inches on the left side spilling out at least 8 ounces. The surgeon thought that was a good sign and bandaged it and sent me home. He said he did not want to stitch it closed in case of an infection. Here I am 7 weeks later with what looks like a bullet hole in the incision still draining daily!