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Breast Cancer

Post Op Breast Cancer Reconstruction

11/05/2010

Question:

Hi, It has been 7 months since I have had reconstctive breast surgery. This was done because of cancer. Healing was difficult. My doctor used my back muscles for this as well as the V flap. Last week my right breast started to swell and icing it helps just a tiny bit. If I use my arms eg sweeping it swells more. Can you help me understand what is going on? There is little pain in my breasts, but a lot in my back. Thank you so much.

Answer:

More information is needed to answer your question.  Is the problem in the reconstructed breast? If so, this question needs to go to a Plastic or Reconstructive surgeon to answer. If the problem is in your own breast (non-cancer side), then send the question back with additional information and I will answer.

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Response by:

Jean T Stevenson, MD, FACS Jean T Stevenson, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University