Ask The Doctor-I have just undergone a nipple sparring bilateral mastectomy, and I’m concerned about the outcome. What are my options?

purple flowerThis week, James E. Craigie, MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question.

Question: I am a 49 year old woman, and I have just undergone a nipple sparring bilateral mastectomy with a lat flap & expanders put in. My surgery was on 10/30, so I am at 3 weeks and am having necrosis issues on one nipple and in another area near an incision. I am extremely concerned about the outcome of my results and would love to hear your opinions as to what my options might be? We were actually scheduled for a trip to Charleston in Nov for 5 days that I regretfully had to postpone due to my recent breast cancer diagnosis. Any advice you could give me would be GREATLY appreciated!

Answer: Thank you for your question. I’m sorry your having some healing problems.   I know it can be stressful. It can also seem a lot worse than it really is. It is hard to picture the end result when you are going through the healing phase. When my patients have mastectomy skin healing problems we are very conservative and let the healing progess slowly and manage the wounds carefully. Many times the end result is much better than anticipated. I would be glad to see you when your in town to give you my opinion. Just let us know. We can try to make it convenient, it sounds like you could use a nice vacation. My office can contact you to make arrangements if you like.

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