Breast skin texture change (orange peel-like) after lumpectomy?
This is difficult for me as I'm kind of shy, and find it hard to keep up with a forum, please forgive me? 😉
To sum it up, I am 59 and was recently diagnosed with ADH with borderline DCIS via a stereotactic biopsy. I had a lumpectomy with tissue reassignment 7 weeks ago because my breast surgeon removed so much tissue. Thankfully, it showed nothing. No atypical or malignant cells. They got the barely there microcalifications and found nothing else. Radiation was canceled and they will watch me with possible tamoxifen in the future.
I've had to go back a few times due to a tiny amount fluid (had drain removed,) hard swelling, pain, etc. They have found nothing and said it is from the surgery being so invasive / scar tissue. I was told to exercise it and massage. I had noticed a tiny amount of an orange peel texture in the same area, but it was minimal.
I'm now 7 weeks out, and I noticed a little more of this "orange peel" texture. I understand you are not doctors, but given the holiday, I can't reach my doctor until next week. I'm starting to stress over this. I'm thinking it's still fluid retention. No rash or severe swelling, just that hardness where the tissue was moved to.
Has anyone had this experience? I tried to look it up, but I keep coming here, so I decided to join. 🙂 I KNOW it can be IBC which is dangerous, but I'm wondering if it's from the surgery. I had a LOT of tissue removed and she went all the way to the chest wall 🙁 It has been a tough recovery and I wasn't expecting to wake up from surgery with all of this for a 1/2 inch area of microcalcifications.
Any insight would be so very helpful.
Thank you and have a wonderful holiday this week, however you celebrate!