Thursday, October 28th, 2010
California Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina has been released from the hospital after being treated for an infection related to reconstruction surgery. She had previously been diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent bilateral mastectomies with reconstruction, with the last stage being performed back in July. What type of infection could this be, many months after her last surgery?
Hopefully the infection does not involve a breast implant, which is often used in reconstruction. If an implant is infected, it needs to be removed, typically for six months to allow the infection to resolve. For those six months the patient would have only one augmented (or reconstructed) breast. This is my greatest fear when operating on smokers, who have a five times higher risk of healing complications over nonsmokers.
My best wishes go out to Ms. Fiorina. To all my female readers over the age of 40:
Get Your Mammograms!
It is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, after all.