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Mastectomy and Tissue Expander - Healing Process

Hi ladies,

A week ago I had skin and nipple sparing mastectomy and insertion of a tissue expander. Just wondering if anyone else has had a similar procedure and what your healing processes has been like? I'm feeling like I'm doing ok but for the last day or 2 I am getting a short sharp pain behind my nipple, almost like something is catching when I move my arm (I'm thinking it is nerves), anyone else had something similar?

Thanks :)


  • iserbrowniserbrown Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 4,390
    Oh you have some time yet before your body settles into it all.  Keep notes and if it is most annoying get it checked out.  Yes the nerves take sometime to adjust.

    Take care
  • primekprimek Broken HillMember Posts: 5,406
    I didn't keep my nipple but the nerve pain in my arm and breast from the sentinal node kicked in well after initial healing. I ended up on lyrica for a short time and brushing the skin helped.  I found it all very uncomfortable like a sewn in bra. But magically around 5.5 weeks it felt fine. 
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