Staple left in accidentally from a breast reduction 11 years ago.
Good afternoon. I recently found out that the pain I have been having in my left chest area is most likely due to a staple they found there after a mammogram I had this past week. I haven't had a mammo since before my surgery and I turned 40 this past year and figured I better start scheduling them. I have that pain in my chest and shoulder blade on my left side for awhile. I have seen a chiropractor, a cardiologist, but never consider thinking about my surgery from 11 years ago causing the problem.
Anyhow, I was wondering if anyone has ever had this problem with any type of surgery. I also was told by some friends that there is a possibility of the foreign body (staple) causing cancer cells?? I have never heard of such a think ( REMOVED )
They did show us the staple on the xray film (d/t the xray technician being my friend, she showed us right away!). The staple has fibrous tissue all around it now too. I am wondering if this could have caused the pain in my shoulder and the heart problems I thought I was having, maybe it could be related??
I am just a bit concerned. I haven't talked with my regular doctor yet but was hoping to just get some feedback until I can get in to see him. Any help would be great! Thank you so much.
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