Food Network star Sandra Lee was rushed back to the hospital late yesterday for a complication following her recent double mastectomy in her fight with breast cancer.
Sandra Lee, 49, who is dating New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, had severe pain and fluid build-up according to Radar Online, after she had surgery three months ago.
“She knew something was wrong,” the insider said, adding that Lee was alert and awake on her ride to the hospital. “She was just feeling general fatigue and run down.”
According to E Online, Sandra Lee announced that she was battling breast cancer in March of this year.
“I didn’t even cry, I was stunned,” she told Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts, a cancer survivor herself. “You know, and that’s just how fast life turns. It turns on a dime.”
After her surgery, she posted on Facebook that she was glad to be home.
“Home after a long week in the hospital, so happy to be in my own backyard. There is no place like home! #HappyMemorialDay” she wrote alongside a photo of her boyfriend and one of their birds.
CBS’ Dr. Max Gomez says Sandra Lee’s pain was likely caused by the fluid build-up in her surgery site. Dr. Lauren Cassell, Chief of Breast Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital said the problem is likely infection.
“But I think the statistics place it at less than 5 percent and it’s only a percent of patients that will develop it, but it is one of the things that patients are told could potentially happen,” Dr. Cassell said.
The fluid build up on Lee’s chest is easily drained, but the fact that doctors want to keep her in the hospital for a few days suggests that they suspect an infection, which is easily treatable with IV antibiotics, and is a known possible complication after reconstruction.
“Sometimes what they do is drain it or actually take her to the operating room, wash out the area, and if possible exchange the implant, and sometimes if that is not successful, or not possible, they may have to actually remove the implant, and that would be unfortunate,” Dr. Cassell added.
The Food Network star is likely to stay in the hospital for a few days to assess her condition. Lee is a cookbook author, magazine publisher, and television chef. Lee and Cuomo, a Democrat, have dated for several years and share a home in Westchester County.
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