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Rib pain after Double Mastectomy


I had a double mastectomy three weeks ago. I’m now having pain in my left side which may? Be a rib out. I’ve never had a rib out before. Is this common after a double mastectomy to have rib pain or possibly a rib out of place? I don’t feel ready to go to the chiro but boy does it bother me 😫


  • l8blmr
    l8blmr Member Posts: 89

    Hello Ebfitzy, I had rib discomfort on the right side post double mastectomy surgery. I believe it was from the tissue expander b/c after the expander was removed the pain was gone. It felt like the expander was stapled or sutured to my rib. I hope you find the answer to where the pain is coming from - it's tough enough dealing with the thought of a double mastectomy, let alone throw in post surgery chronic pain! Good luck!

  • exbrnxgrl
    exbrnxgrl Member Posts: 4,861

    No personal experience but a call to your surgeon might be a good idea.

  • ebfitzy
    ebfitzy Member Posts: 52

    @l8blmr that’s interesting. I hope that’s what mine is too. Although I feel like it’s gonna be a long 3 or more months dealing with this 😫 I’m doing the DIeP flap so it’s gonna be awhile until I can have the surgery. I’ll call the surgeon @exbrnxgrl . To me it just feels like maybe a rib is out. It didn’t bother me until a few days ago.

  • flowergirl1975
    flowergirl1975 Member Posts: 57

    I had a double mastectomy, no reconstruction. I had rib pain for a few months after surgery, it did eventually go away.