Lots of people gets lots of surgeries out there, but "top surgery" abscess draining is oddly common, whereas others are not.
The poster drained an abscess that came out brown- cellulitis. Think of a bacterial infection near so many vital organs at once. Don't worry, all is well, she contacted the surgeon and her dad is a doctor and she's on anti-biotics! Hugs all around.
The surgeon was Sidhbh Gallagher. The one who has a large instagram for her surgeries, lots of "teetus deletus uwu! Yeet the teets!" posts. At least one detransitioner was preyed on by her. (HormoneHangover, I believe).
Some people think the anti-biotics are not going to be enough:
Yeah with that kind of infection I would be blowing up their phones, not relying on email. I think you're underestimating how badly this could go. This isn't a normal infection because it's within the incision site of a deep surgery. You can't tell how deep the infection is by looking at it. The location it's at is also very dangerous. Things that could go wrong include:
Tissue separation resulting in a gaping hole where the infection bored through, which would require you to get an additional procedure to debride the healed scar tissue so they can be stitched together again. This will result in a thicker scar at that point.
The infection begins to necrotize the healing tissue, which could easily mean you lose the nipple and/or you will need skin grafts depending on how much tissue becomes necrotic.
The infection spreads to the major vessels and arteries(you know, the ones right behind it) and crosses the blood brain barrier, giving you meningitis. Even if you get the best possible medical care immediately started for meningitis, you've still got an 8-15% chance of death.*
An ER nurse steps in to agree
The popaholic in me is like awesome!
The nurse in me is just AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
I'm really glad you're on antibiotics but if it hasn't started to improve within 48 hours or you develop a fever please go to urgent care/ER because you may need intravenous ones.** I'll be honest, if I saw you in ER (ED or A&E in the UK) you'd be on IV antibiotics already.** I understand the differences in US healthcare but that could become a serious problem fast so please don't delay if you start to feel unwell.
Even a trans man challenges Dr. Gallagher's claims that her drainless surgery technique works:
Do you have research to cite that drainless surgery is safer and has less recovery time? It might feel that way, but there is little empirical evidence. I caution folks to share this information, or say subjectively that any surgery "has a better look" (your results are great, but look like your typical DI surgery with or without drains) which puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on folks who haven't had surgery yet with little longitudinal data to share.
OP is not having it, and is fully on board with Dr. Gallagher's love bombing:
Yeah, look up dr sidhbh Gallagher, she’s published numerous studies and has written a book on it called “affirmed”
Writing a book does not make any of the contents true. As her TIF comrade very gentley but truthfully explains
She's published two studies that are publicly available, both using her own patients (N=153 and N=107, exceptionally small populations to make any claims on, notwithstanding her personal bias). The only statistically significant outcomes were less incidence of hematoma and a shorter hospital stay post surgery, both of which make sense, but nowhere do these "studies" find that the "masculoplasty" (a name she made up and trademarked for DI without drains?) is safer or has better aesthetic outcomes. We can love our surgeons - I'm a big fan and promoter of mine, too - but let's not spread false narratives in the community.
This wiser person gets downvoted.
Trans man who does medical research and has been in the field for a decade but hey, what do I know?
I hope OP recovers quickly and her infection clears up. But I believe her surgery was botched.This is not the first time I've heard of Sidhbh Gallagher being a dishonest quack.