Tissue expansion breast reconstruction

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Avatar n tn Hi, You had posted query regarding the breast reconstruction and use of implants for this. The options available for breast reconstruction are too many which I suppose your surgeon as discussed with you. This comment is just confined to the use of implants. Breast implants can provide a technically simple means of achieving breast symmetry and pose minimal risk in properly selected patients. The implants available today are of different sizes and shapes. Hence a lot of variety to choose .
Avatar n tn The cancer recently returned in the exact same area (only one breast), but this time I opted for a double mastectomy. I want reconstruction and it seems like the tissue expander followed later by silicon breast implants is the easiest approach, but I have heard that tissue expansion should not be used on the side that received the radiation therapy 11 years ago. Is this true? What kind of reconstruction is adviseable in my case?
Avatar f tn And, it requires what would likely (in the past) be considered an over-expansion of the breast that is to be radiated. Then, it is about a year wait - AFTER - radiation is complete before you put in the implant. As far as silicone vs saline, well, saline will can show wrinkles through the skin - if you have had a skin sparing type of mastectomy. Whereas a silicone implant will not. But, again, you need a surgeon to give you these answers.
638895 tn?1223070426 I am debating on having reconstruction surgery with the skin expansion. Can anyone let me know how they did with it and what to expect?
Avatar n tn I already have a silicone implant in left breast (for 27 years), it is my right breast that is being removed. My P.S. "thinks" I would be happier with a tram flap, but the scars and length of operation scare me. He said that the implants will feel very hard and it will set higher than the other breast. Comments please from those who have just had one removed.
Avatar n tn DO you mean delayed reconstruction? or do you mean no reconstruction but use of prosthetic? I have pretty much decided on delayed reconstuction as I have not gotten a plastic surgeon invloved to advise me on this issue. My surgeon seemed to think I should just get over the surgery and then see what treatment ( chemo vs rad or Hormone only) and then determine the timing of the reconstruction.
Avatar f tn I am still not finished the completion of reconstruction, as the one breast is off center and lower then the other one, and also has a dent in it. I don't know if I should be satisfied with it, or if it can be fixed, before I more on to nipple construction and tattoos.
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Avatar n tn After much research and complete trust in my surgical team I decided to have a mastectomy with a tissue expander at the time of surgery. My surgery was in December. The tissue expansion went great, but the pathology determined that my margins were not great and so I had to have radiation on the expanded breast and lymph nodes.
Avatar f tn I had a bilateral mastectomy one year ago with tissue expansion reconstruction. Now I have two pea-sized nodules under the breast almost on a rib, that had the cancer. They are hard and quite sore when touched. Often just recently they hurt without any reason with shooting pains into the reconstructed breast and around the back. Is it possible the cancer is recurring? Should I call the oncologist or the surgeon?
172023 tn?1334675884 Because you currently have your skin and underlying pectoralis muscles expanded with saline implants, there should be enough stretch in the tissues to allow replacement with new implants without the need for skin expansion. Some of the existing scar tissue capsule surrounding your implants would be removed at the time of surgery and your tissues should exfpand without problem.
Avatar f tn I think that tissue expansion is a good option. It is also well recognized that the loss of a tram flap is a complication that can occur with that surgery. The loss leaves a defect that is undesirable, but unavoidable. It can happen to any surgeon.and patient. If you trust your surgeon, and he has good credentials and a successful history with other patients, then you are not foolish in working with him or her. Just make sure the dr.
Avatar n tn Perforator flaps represent the state of the art in breast reconstruction. Replacing the skin and soft tissue removed at mastectomy with soft, warm, living tissue is accomplished by borrowing skin and fatty tissue from the abdomen or hip. This is accomplished without sacrificing muscles and strength. This is the surgery that I had and I'm thrilled with my results.
Avatar f tn I still have to go thru radiation after my tissue expansion.....A positive attitude will help in your recovery! Feel free to send me a private message!
Avatar n tn My question is this - if I have a mastectomy and the DCIS wants to come back will I be worse off by having the mastectomy? Since there is not much breast tissue for it to go to it seems it will have no choice but to go to the chest wall, right? My other reason for wanting a mastectomy is that I am terrified there is more cancer in there they have missed. My mammo reports always come back saying very dense, difficult to read.
Avatar n tn I had breast reconstruction expanders put in on March 17th. Two drains came out on 3/20. and 1 on 3/24 and the last on the healthy tissue breast not for 10 days. It felt irritated. by the following mon. 3/30. I felt not right and was put on 875 Augmentin twice daily rather than the maintenance keflex 500mg twice daily. By April 2 I was uncomfortable and went back. The Dr. took a culture and hospitalized me for 24 hours. I had iv vancomycin and iv clindamycin 300mg twice a day.
Avatar n tn He told me that a radiated breast was not a candidate for implant reconstruction due to the changes in the tissue thus making expansion a problem. Since I am not interested in any other type of reconstruction if ever needed in the future, this poses a real problem. As per my doctors I am considered high risk for a "new" breast cancer: I am 42 with a family history of breast cancer(mom died aat 49, maternal aunt died at 42).
Avatar f tn Did the cat scans effect the dcis or is it possible of a pathology or sampling error. There still is no invasion into the breast fatty tissue, however I do have a discomfort under my arm. Of course now, the doctor says that I must have a mastectomy with SNB.
Avatar f tn This means they have their breast surgeon remove your breast tissue along with the tail of spence and then they go in and insert implants and you wake up with breasts the size you chose. You will entirely skip the expansion process. Also, depending on where your DCIS is located you may or may not be a good candidate for nipple sparing.
Avatar n tn The scar usually becomes almost invisible after a few years. Everyone is different. It depends from what area of the breast tissue is being removed, and "how much" you had to begin with. I am an average sized woman, and the lump was taken from the outer edge of the breast (if you were facing me, it would be on the right side -- my left breast -- at the 3 o'clock position.) Surgery was terrifying to me, but the result was almost imperceptible.
Avatar n tn She said she is hopeful that the area she has to cut will be small enough that I don't need a breast reconstruction, but she won't know for sure till during the surgery. She said she won't know till after the surgery whether I will need radiation or not. Also, she said she won't know till then if I need tamoxifen. My family history is okay. Nobody in my family had had any type of cancer. I am not sure what an lcis diagnosis is. My diagnosis is atypical ductal hyperplasia.
1284144 tn?1292185357 I plan for a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. What type of clothing might be most comfortable while going thru the tissue expanders, and implant placement? Should I stock up on sports bras?? Will I even need bras? I think more button up shirts would be easier to get on and off. Does anyone have suggestions as to what might make this transition easier and less uncomfortable?
Avatar f tn About 3 months ago I noticed some dimpling on my rt breast around the areola. It's not painful, there is no swelling, itching or burning. No lump in or around the area. Just the dimpling. Does anyone know about this and what it could be? I have an appointment scheduled tomorrow with my doctor, but the more I read, the more I couldn't help but do this post. Has anyone else experienced something like this? After reading all types of posts - I'm starting to get a little worried. Anyone?