problems with healing
AnonymousMay 2, 2008 at 7:35 am
If I have asked this before, let’s blame it on the brain fog, ok.
I had a excisional breast biopsy on Feb 28th…also known as a lumpectomy. All results were good. My problem is, the incision wont heal. MOST of it has healed…but there is about a pencil sized hole that is open. I have been back to the surgeon THREE times…each time she does a silver nitrate trick that makes it seem to get worse. Yesterday I went to a plastic surgeon for two things. One being this thing that wont heal and the other b/c I want a breast reduction.
He told me, and this makes so much sense…b/c I have an autoimmune disease that my healing time is longer. I should have healed after three days and it’s been two months. He also said for the reduction, it could take me up to four months rather than four weeks. I dont know what to think but it does make sense. I have to keep thinking about the reduction…
He said he had a lady with MS in recently and he refused to do elective plastic surgery on her b/c of her condition.
He commented on how my disease sounded much like MS. He seemed very smart. I was impressed with his honesty.
I go to another dr this month for a second opinion on the CIDP and lack of treatment. I’ll ask the dr then. I just wondered about you all.
have a great weekend.
AnonymousMay 2, 2008 at 10:21 am
I can’t remember if you are on Steroids or not. If you are that is another contributing factor to your healing issues. My physicians advised me to wait for 3-4years before I have reconstructive surgery after my mastectomy due to the healing issues with the steroids….I know this isn’t what you want to hear but the risk of infection is big.
AnonymousMay 2, 2008 at 10:44 am
Yes I take a really long time to heal. But than of course I blame it on the cushings syndrome now, thanks to pred. Before I went on pred I still took longer to heal from even the smallest of booboos. I had 3 knee surgeries, they each took me 4 times longer to heal from than what the Drs said it would. 3 days vs 9 months, just lucky genes I guess, my mom just had another knee surgery in March and it actually took her less than 3 days to be back to walking normally on it. Take care.
AnonymousMay 3, 2008 at 1:56 am
Absolutely! That is one of the things that I had to “figure out” – even a small cut can take ages to heal – finally had an “ah-ah” moment and realised that this is the way it is.
I have had two surgeries since diagnosis – the laproscopic incisions on my abdomen and groin took probably 3-4 months to heal to red, and another year to really calm down. They were tiny – only 1/2 inch each ! I had to go and get them cleaned at the GP’s about two weeks post surgery because they were so angry.
In terms of a reason, my understanding is the autoimmune thing is the reason for slow healing. I have been told that cosmetic surgery and even things like skin peels or micro-dermabrasion are “out of the question”, because the likelihood of problems and unsatisfactory results is quite high.
Guess I will grow old disgracefully! :rolleyes:
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