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Is it natural/normal to have an "air bubble" and liquid in the breast after a lumpectomy/bi-lateral reconstruction?

By Anonymous June 10, 2016 - 9:43am
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I just had Surgery on Monday, 06 June 2016, a lumpectomy on the right side, right sentinel lymph node removal, bi-lateral reconstruction and lift (to make my girls more symmetrical, before surgery my left side was bigger than the cancer right). As I am healing at home, occasionally, I will massage the breasts partly to ease the itchyness and tense chest muscles but also to gauge how my breasts are healing. Last night, I noticed that on my left breast there seems to be an "air bubble" in the breast (half-dollar diameter size, roughly), and that when I move the breast (sitting up or lying down) I can hear liquid sloshing around.

Yesterday, my doctor removed the drains I had on both sides, so I don't know if that was removed to early or what, but this situation has me concerned.

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for reaching out to our community with your question, but you must contact your breast surgeon and report this,

I had a lumpectomy left breast and lift, and right mastectomy. I never experienced what you describe. Best to check with your physician, since the drains were just removed.

Keep in touch,


June 10, 2016 - 9:50am
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