Aug 24, 2012 - 7:44 am
This is something I've never heard of....my sister in law had a bilateral mastectomy with tram flap reconstruction on Monday.....(she lives in NJ..I'm in NC) she called me yesterday...I couldn't believe what she told me.....they used leeches yes, I said leeches, on her "new" breasts to keep the blood flowing in all the newly attached blood vessels....she texted me a picture of it! YIKES! and YIKES! I googled it and was amazed to learn how often leeches are used in today's medicine...For reattaching severed limbs, fingers, etc. and in breast reconstruction....they used them for two days on her...I think I would have freaked out..she said when they told her they were going to use leeches she said "what?". ...She's one of the strongest women I know....She said that nurses and doctors came in the ICU and asked if they could "see" the leeches in action...finally she said she just left her gown open....lol
Anyway, any one else ever heard of this?