What are Mondor’s Cords?
Mondor’s cords are veins that have become inflamed during & after surgery. They present as 3-4 vertical bands and are seen extending from the lower breast to the lower chest.
During surgery, an incision is made under the breast crease which cuts through vessels, which are then cauterised. Cauterisation stops the blood from flowing through the vessels, which causes a natural clotting response, resulting in inflammation. This is what makes Mondor’s cords visible through the skin.
Mondor’s cords are not of any concern, and is not associated with deep vein thrombosis. The clots formed within the vessels will break down and be naturally absorbed by the body, resolving on its own over an average of 3-4 months.
In most cases, a majority of patients with Mondor’s cords will experience little to no discomfort. If you are experiencing mild discomfort, you may find warm soaks, heat packs and anti-inflammatories helpful.