Dr. Harness shares what a woman's breast should look like after a mastectomy.
Dr. Harness, M.D.:
The answer to the question is we want the skin down flat so there is not bulging, so we don’t think there is fluid there. We want a minimal of redness of the skin, and the common sense things that if you are having an infection anywhere: If there’s an extensive amount of redness, that would be a worry about infection.
If the area is starting to swell like there’s fluid collecting there, then clearly the patient should get back and see her doctor because fluid may be accumulating, and she may need to have that fluid aspirated or drawn off.
About Dr. Harness, M.D.:
Dr. Jay Harness, M.D., is the Director at St. Joseph Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center. Practicing medicine for 35 years, Dr. Harness specializes in general surgery and medical oncology. Graduating medical school from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he conducting his internship and residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Recognized nationally and internationally for his work in breast and endocrine surgery, Dr. Harness is the immediate past-President of The American Society of Breast Surgeons and is President-elect of Breast Surgery International. Dr. Harness can assist patients in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.