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Do you still have feeling after a double mastectomy?

Asked by ArabianKnightress (670points) July 10th, 2012

What are the complications? How will you feel? What will you feel afterwards? Is there any sensation when all is said and done? Sorry to distraught hope I am making sense.will check back later for responses,thank you.

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Bellatrix's avatar

I haven’t had a double mastectomy or even a single but I didn’t want you checking back here and finding nothing. Hopefully some of the members who have more real experience will answer.

I did find this blog which is for breast cancer survivors and this woman discusses having a double mastectomy. Can I suggest checking out online support groups too. There will be a group out there and it will give you a group of people to talk to as you go through this. Sending you positive thoughts.

downtide's avatar

I don’t have personal experience yet, but being a transsexual man (female-to-male) I will be getting this procedure done early next year (I hope), along with some reconstruction to make my chest look more masculine. I have done a lot of research on it and I have several trans friends who’ve had it done already.

The most important thing is, if you smoke, quit now. The reason for this is because smoking inhibits circulation and healing and it puts you at greater risk of losing your nipples (yes, really).

Immediately after the surgery you’ll most likely have a drainage tube in each side for a few days to drain fluid and reduce swelling. I’ve been told that having those tubes pulled out is the part that hurts the most; otherwise it’s not too bad.

Recovery time is 2–3 weeks. At first you won’t be able to lift your arms up, and it’s reccommended not to even try doing so for at least a couple of weeks to allow healing and reduce the effect of scarring. If you exert yourself too soon the scars will stretch and look worse afterwards.

You’ll be very bruised afterwards and for a few weeks, but it won’t necessarily be very painful, and you should get full sensation back after it’s all healed.

Presumably you will have the option of replacement implants at some stage but I don’t know anything about that part of the procedure.

Good luck, and I hope everything goes well for you.

ArabianKnightress's avatar

@Bellatrix Thank you so much for being so thoughtful. The link you posted was very helpful. Bless your heart..

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@ArabianKnightress Hey lady, my hopes and prayers are with you. I’m male. don’t have a clue about this, but I just want you to know I’m thinking of you.

ArabianKnightress's avatar

@downtide Thank you so much.. You gave me good advice and I appreciate it very much. I hope all goes well for you. I will keep you in my prayers, pray for a quick recovery and pray for your happiness..A hug for you..((((((((((((((((downtide)))))))))))))))

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