Mondors cord is a common complication of breast augmentation surgery. This is an…

Mondors cord is a common complication of breast augmentation surgery. This is another term for what this condition is which is called sclerosing thrombophlebitis. If you are a pale person like myself, when you lay down you can actually see the superficial veins of the chest and abdomen through the skin. During breast surgery these veins are cut to place the implant, commonly on the crease under the breast. Veins are not like arteries. The have no muscle in the wall to push blood along. When veins are cut, the bleed is slower because this blood is not being pumped from the heart, but it is the blood without oxygen that is returning blood to the heart. During surgery typically a cautery tool is used to cut these vessels, rather than a scalpel. This cautery tool both cuts the vein and also seals off the vein. When the veins are cut, the blood that was in that vein stays there. It can become clotted and the combination of the blood irritating the vessel and the trauma of the burn from the cautery tool causes an inflammatory response. The blue arrow is pointing to an irritated vein. This may be alarming to some women, but it is a completely normal, benign process. It usually does not cause irritation, although an anti-inflammatory pain med might work to reduce swelling. This condition is not really treated and it will eventually resolve itself over time.

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