Dr. Harness shares the complications associated with a double mastectomy.
Dr. Harness, M.D.:
The complications following double mastectomy are the typical complications after any surgical procedure. Is there is unusual swelling of the area, meaning fluid is building up. Is there unusual redness of the skin, patient may or may not be on antibiotics. Obviously there are drains in. Is there an unusual amount of blood coming out? The drains will usually change the color of the drainage from red to more of a yellowish color down the road.
So common sense really prevails here. Obviously, if you’re at home and having temperatures or things like that, you want to seek medical advice immediately.
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.