I am 7 weeks post lumpectomy. Everything has been going good but last weekend my ribs under my right breast (same one i had surgery on) became sore. I thought nothing of it and went about my week. Tonight while putting lotion on I felt something odd. There was a hard raised line from under my breast going up through my breast. It’s no where near the spot where they did the lumpectomy. It almost feels like a muscle or tendon but it scared me. Has anyone experienced this? If so, what was it?… read more
April first of all if you find something that disturbs you and that you feel is new always call your Dr.
Having said that, I have had lumps and and raised lines as well. Mine were scare tissue and they were not in the area of my surgery either.
If it is scare tissue the one thing you can do to help is massage your breast concentrating on the tissue. I usually do it in the shower with a bar of soap. This makes for smooth lubricated movement.
I also use Vit E oil and rub that along my scars. This has worked great for me. Blessings sister
Could it possibly be this? A picture follows.
The condition of Mondor’s Cord appears as one or more raised ridge or “cord like” veins noticeable under the skin, near the site of the surgical procedure. The cord like veins begins at the breast and extends down onto the abdominal area. The veins appear swollen, and there can be some pain associated with this complication, however, typically they are just more a nuisance. Mondor’s Cord can either show up in single formation or sometimes appear in a multiple pattern. These cord-like structures are temporary and they do go away with time. The inflamed vein poses no danger of systemic embolization.
Usually over the counter medications such as ibuprofen or a prescription anti-inflammatory will take away the pain, and also applying a warm washcloth over the area will help reduce the inflammation. The most common cause is basically having any incision near or around the breast, and can occur with breast reconstruction, breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lift (mastopexy) and biopsies. These cords can appear in the upper outer area of either breast, below the crease line or in the underarm. The raised veins will feel firm and tight and can even feel slightly warm to the touch.
Treatment of Mondor’s Cord
Typically Mondor’s Cord will almost always resolve itself without any special care. Mondor’s Cord can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, indomethacin, and aspirin if there is pain associated with this condition. Hot wet compresses help tremendously and can help with the swelling. Most of the time, Mondor’s Cord resolves itself within 2 weeks to 2 months. Mondor's cord is not dangerous, requires no surgical intervention, and will not adversely affect the results of breast augmentation, a breast lift, breast reduction or breast reconstruction.
This condition is a rare occurrence, with only 1 to 2 percent of breast surgery patients.