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I am still having a lot of discomfort after a breast reduction. Is this ok?

Q:

I had a breast reduction on Aug. 13th and I am still having a lot of discomfort. The left breast seems to be healing very quickly and the right seems very stretched, tight and is still draining slightly under the breast. I am having a hard time getting some answers because my doctor is away and I am hoping you can advise if this is normal.  I am 65 but in very good health. The surgeon used dissolving stitches. Thank you.

A:

Candice,

 Everyone has a different tolerance for pain. However pain and a draining surgical wound can be a sign of infection. Even though your surgeon is away another surgeon should be covering their practice. You may want to consider seeking medical/ surgical attention soon. 

Best,

 

Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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