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My Bilateral Mastectomy Week 2 Post-op

Updated on October 11, 2011

My new breasts

My drains were removed 10 days after my surgery. The removal wasn’t too bad, since they removed all 4 drains at one time. After this, I was permitted to take a shower. This was the first thing I did when I got home. I removed my bra and saw my new breasts in the mirror for the first time. I was nervous, but was really satisfied and happy with the way they looked. I had minimal bruising and my breasts looked normal, except for the incision sites below my breasts. The incision sites were covered with white steri- strips and these would fall off within the first two to three weeks after my surgery. The position of my breasts was a little high. I was told that over the course of the next 6-12 weeks, the implants would begin to settle. I felt my breasts in the shower and my chest area was numb. Feeling will come back to a good portion of your breasts, but it is uncertain as to how long it will take to return. Women who have had the one-step procedure have had feeling return after 3 years from their surgery date. The area that is least likely to develop feeling is the nipple area.


I stopped taking the pain medication and only had slight discomfort. I had tightness in my chest. I also felt an occasional spasm, which is indicative of the nerves to the muscles repairing themselves. I was to continue on the antibiotic prescription through week 2. My range of motion was good. I was able to completely raise my hands above my head. I started walking more, although I was still moving at a slow pace because of the discomfort. I could feel my implants when I would open a door, which is normal as you are engaging your pectoral muscles. I also had weakness in this area. It was more difficult to open the front door and refrigerator door. This too is completely normal, as your strength in your upper body has decreased. To help reduce swelling, I was told to lightly massage my breasts with cream twice a day, making small circles with gentle pressure.

Moving forward

I feel very positive about my decision to have surgery. I have healthy breasts and have reduced my risk of breast cancer by over 90%. I feel strong and empowered by my decision. I had a choice. I knew about my risk and was able to do something about it.

As far as surveillance, I no longer need to get regular mammograms or MRIs. I do need to continue to do self-breast exams and see a gynecologist for breast exams every six months.


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      christryon 4 years ago

      I am also glad to hear that you are doing so well. I also had a double mastectomy and chose to NOT HAVE reconstructive surgery. How are you doing today since it has been almost 2 years since your surgery?

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      Celeste Wilson 5 years ago

      It is wonderful to hear your positive attitude. Well done on your recovery. I wish you all the health you need going forward. My road has only just started. I have just been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Hearing your story helps me understand what to expect as I start making decisions.

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      Susan 6 years ago

      So glad you are on the other side of having the surgery. You have given such easy to read and understand assistance in knowing the process. To say that you have reduced your risk of breast cancer by 90% is truly amazing. I toast you for your commitment to healthy living!

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      Janels 6 years ago

      You've given a face, voice and heart to the condition and the procedure, mentoring those uncertain and feeling alone and uninformed. You've taken it beyond e clinical, and that is what everyone really wants to know--how one feels. Your experience is so knowledgable and comprehensive; you SHOULD write a book so everyone who gets that dreaded diagnosis can have all their fears addressed, in the palm of their hand. Please continue posting your full recuperation progress and the rerun of full feeling and normal life.

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      drew "smilely" horn 6 years ago

      as allllllllllllllllllllllways u'r blogs r chock full of sensitivity and wisdom...............u should put all of u'r blogs in2 a booklet and put them in every doctor's office nation wide...............big-bigger-biggest hugs...............................drew

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      glopinky 6 years ago

      You are truly amazing and inspirational. I know what you have written will help others to take the same action when faced with a genetic disorder that is life threatening. I admire your decision and feel like you made the right choice.

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      Dancer7 6 years ago

      So glad to hear your recovery is going smoothly. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. Anyone who is thinking about having this surgery will find all your information, comments and hints so helpful. You are truly an inspiration!