American Society of Plastic Surgeons
For Medical Professionals
3 months ago

Did my surgeon get it all, or am I just being paranoid?

Hi there — I am on day 5 post op from auxiliary breast tissue removal from my armpit. My concern is that my surgeon may not have removed it all? In my left arm there is still a large lump and while i know swelling occurs, when my arms are down the lump looks the same as before the procedure. Am i being paranoid or did i get this surgery (and pay this $$) for nothing? Included my other arm for ref

Procedure: Breast Reduction
Location: Wilmington, NC

Replies 3

Ahmed Attiyah
ASPS Int. Surgeon

It’s too early to judge that the tissue was incompletely removed since the tissue is markedly swollen in early post operative days and possibly blood collection in the area. Only close follow up is required.

Samir Shureih

You will need a follow up examination with your surgeon. This will determine if there is a collection of blood, sonogram will be helpful.

The pathology report will tell the measurement of the tissue removed and the weight.

Alfred Antonetti
ASPS Surgeon

It is too early to tell anything at all other than the wound looks good. The surgeon removed what appeared to be correct at the time of the surgery. We do not know what it looked like before, exactly what kind of surgery you had, how much was removed , if you had some liposuction or not or the benefit of an exam. Sometimes there is a lot of postop swelling for a while with this kind of surgery that will go away. You should ask the questions to your surgeon and follow his advice.


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