To anyone who finds my blog because of the journey I’m sharing of my Prophylactic Bilateral Mastectomy, I wanted to share what I believe to be the reason I’m experiencing a lot less pain than what I hear about from others.
I know everyone tolerates pain differently. Prior to this surgery, I would have never considered myself of having a high tolerance for pain, but I am doing great!
My plastic surgeon used Botox at the time of my immediate reconstruction following my bilateral mastectomy. I was out of the hospital less then 24hours after my surgery and couldn’t believe how little pain I was in. Uncomfortable? Yes. But not a lot of pain.
I took prescribed painkillers for two days and that was it. I really haven’t needed anything at all. Not even for my first fill of the tissues expanders (TE). I received 100ccs in each TE and needed no pain medication at all. I’ve read so many stories of women receiving a lot less leaving them in extreme pain and discomfort.
I don’t know if the rest of my journey will remain as pain free as I am now but I wanted to share this as something to explore with your surgeon if you are having a mastectomy. My hope is that it will save a lot of women from unnecessary pain.
Here is a link that explains the use of the botox in breast reconstruction and a trial of women following their mastectomies. I sure hope this can help others too!!