Post Op Update From My Prophylactic Bilateral Mastectomy
Posted by b in Double Mastectomy & Reconstruction
I’m 17 days post op and doing fabulous! :) I’m so happy. The surgery went well and less than 24 hours later I was back home. I was on some pain medication for a couple of days but really didn’t need anything after that.
I don’t consider myself to have a high tolerance for pain so I’m very surprised to how well I’m doing. Now don’t get me wrong. I am uncomfortable, sleep deprived, limited movement in my arms and have pain from time to time, but overall I’m doing really well.
The first few days were a challenge but I feel good now. I can not wait however to get these darn drains out of me! I have two tubes coming out on my sides below my arms emptying into a little collection device. They are stitched into my skin and that is uncomfortable and at times painful.
I guess most people get the drains out in about 5-10 days but here I am 17 days later still attached. They are awful and I can’t wait to see them go. However, the surgeon is looking for consistent days of less than 30cc drainage and I have been hovering around 30-32 for several days now. They don’t want to remove them too soon or I could develop seroma which increases my chances of infection which places my reconstruction in jeopardy.
They said however at the three week mark they start to look at the risk versus benefit of drains. There is more of a risk of infection if left in too long. So I am set to go in next Tuesday to remove the drains regardless if I’m still hovering around 30 and I will start my first fill. I’m going to talk more about my reconstruction later.
For now I wanted to give you a quick update and more importantly thank you for all of your support. I have no doubt that the prayers I received and continue to receive are helping me tremendously.
Thank you so much!!!