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I have a 3rd boob under my armpit after mastectomy
spiritbear
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I have all of this skin at the side and underneath my armpit. It fills up with lymphatic fluid and goes into my back. Has anyone had this skin removed and how did you go about it?
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DMT
161 Posts

@spiritbear I would be calling my surgeon’s office if I was you.

supersu
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@spiritbear

oh gosh…that sounds uncomfortable! how long ago was your surgery? what does the surgeon/RN say about this???

I am sure others have posted like situations, I hope they can find their way to this post.

it seems as tho the search function is not working properly right now….I will swing back tonite and see if I can find some pertinent posts for you.

if you cannot get ahold of your medical team, perhaps talking to a cancer information specialist could give you some info/guidance right now.

if you don't think this is cool, make sure you are following up.

cheers
su

#postmastectomyswelling #axillaswelling #breastcancer

Mee
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Hi @spiritbear

I had the same thing happen after my mastectomy with axillary node dissection in August, 2021. Apparently it is a quite common occurrence and is called a “dog ear” because it resembles a dog ear. There is, apparently, a common plastic surgery solution called a revision, but it requires a consult with a plastic surgeon (difficult to obtain due to covid). I have been waiting for over 3 months to see a plastic surgeon, and I was just told today by the surgical nurse that the wait could be from 6 months to over a year, because it is not deemed as “essential” surgery like the mastectomy was. Apparently, due to covid, there is no plastic surgery happening at hospitals (at least in Ontario where I live) these days because it is all considered elective surgery. I am just waiting, as there is nothing else that I can do. Hang in there!

spiritbear
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It is apparently not the surgeons problem. He did his job and removed my breast. I live on Vancouver Island.

spiritbear
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Thank you for the information. I was told that this cannot be fixed by my GP and the surgeon said his job was complete as he removed my breast. So I am looking for information on this site.

JustJan
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@spiritbear although your GP can’t fix it, I would ask him for a referral to a plastic surgeon so that a plan can be made to get it resolved. I hope you can get some answers soon.

DMT
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@spiritbear I would want to scream if my surgeon said that to me! I live on Vancouver Island too. Granted, my surgery was before Covid so maybe attitudes have changed. At the time of my surgery in January of 2019 my surgeon indicated that if there was anything that didn’t heal to my satisfaction that he would fix it. My assumption would be if it was more than he could handle he would have referred me to a plastic surgeon. Time to ask for a referral to a plastic surgeon. Sounds like there will be a wait, but get in the line as soon as possible. Hope you get it resolved.

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