Dear Dr. Bermant,
Thank you very much for your reply, comments, the link, and for posting my situation on the forum.
Since I sent you the first email, I have been in contact with my surgeon’s office. Since their office is not local, they advised me to see my family doctor until my next appointment with my surgeon. Although I could not get an immediate appointment with my family doctor, I received the utmost care from a wonderful doctor at a walk-in clinic. She gently removed the tape from my incisions, cleaned my wounds, applied clean bandages and prescribed antibiotics. I shall call my surgeon’s office again today to register for his day clinic tomorrow. Drainage may be necessary.
I had a rough time half way through the first 24 hours of taking the antibiotics. I added Tylenol 3 (with Codeine) and gradually the pain decreased. My main discomfort now is in my abdomen/bowel area…which I believe is a side effect of the medication. I am also taking Lactobacillus Acidophilus as recommended by the walk-in clinic doctor.
I have registered for the forum and hope to be of help to others.
Thank you once again. I hope you are enjoying retirement. J May God bless you.
When I was in practice, I had a different philosophy. I preferred to treat possible infections as an emergency and saw the patient immediately. Early drainage removes pressure, decreases discomfort, and can keep tissue alive. This is not something I liked having done by someone else. My knowledge of what I had done, limitations of the tissue, were the best chance to minimize complications.
Infection is a risk and potential complication of any surgery. Prevention is the best way of not needing to have to deal with such problems. As my practice evolved to seeing patients from around the world for elective surgery, I lowered my patients' risks by rescheduling surgery when there were infections or other issues going on elsewhere. Combined with this methodology, my surgical techniques, skill, and luck, thankfully such problems were extremely rare for my elective cases.
Good luck on your recovery and welcome to the forum. Why not post standard Breast Reduction Pictures
to document what is going on now?
Hope this helps,
Michael Bermant, MDLearn More About Breast Reduction in Women