This is my first posting, other than to intro myself, but I am very concerned and need to ask if anyone has some advice they can offer.
I was diagnosed with DCIS Stage II in Feb 09, right mastectomy including a string of 13 lymph nodes (4 were positive) in Mar 09, chemo from Apr - Sept 09, radiation from Oct - Dec 09 and "official" remission" in Feb 2010. I had my Tram Flap surgery on June 15 and it went very well. The new breast is healing beautifully. Even in the hospital there was a 1 inch round purple spot (looked like a flat scab) the Plastic Surgeon said he wasn't pleased with (it was on the abdominal incision) and said he would keep his eye on it.
Well, the spot didn't get any better...in fact it got worse. I've been back to see the Plastic Surgeon every week since the surgery because of how bad the wound has gotten. We tried Silvadine ointment and that didn't work. Then we moved to Saline soaked gauze and that hasn't made it any better. Three days ago I started to notice a foul odor when we were changing the dressings (which we do twice a day), so the Dr brought me in again. He said he wants to "formally" address the wound...meaning scrape and debride the wound to clean it up, then apply a "wound vac" to help it heal up. There was also a hole that opened on the right side of the incision, that we've been stuffing with wicking to heal from the inside out. That has really helped and the hole has healed quite well to the point that the Dr says he will be able to stitch it closed when he goes in to clean up the other wound.
So now I'm scheduled to go in for day surgery on this coming Wednesday to have my wound dealt with and I'm not exactly happy about it. I'm very depressed about how long this is taking to heal, I'm upset about how it looks and smells and I'm not really sure what's gonna happen next either. My husband is very supportive but it's still on my mind all the time and so depressing to me.
Has anyone else had any experience with abdominal wound healing issues? Has anyone had any experience with wound vacs? I could really use some advice. Thanks to everyone in advance.
Jenyfer in SC