Health concerns of Allergan Textured implants
I was diagnosed stage 3 breast cancer Dec.15. Had chemo, rads, node removal, bilateral mastectomy with TE placed. Had my reconstruction surgery June.2017. My surgeon didn't give me a choice or option of implant she just said "this is the one I use". So I was given a textured, gummy bear, anatomically shaped implant. My results were satisfactory but not happy with the fact that I have absolutely no cleavage and are very hard. Anyway....that aside. I have just found out I have the implants that are being recalled because of the risks of implant associated lymphoma. My oncologist and I both agree these implants need to come out!! I'm very worried about a safe implant option plus what implant options I have seeing as she wasn't very willing to give me options. I would like a round, smooth, high profile one. Does anyone out there have these and what are they like? Also wondering if anyone has had to do replacement surgery and how you healed and coped
I have had my exchange surgery since this original post. Had it done March.19th textured 410's out smooth round high profile in. I'm now just shy of 5 weeks out and am soo happy I made the decision to do this. The first and foremost reason was the risks but there are so many other positives that came with it. These implants are soft, they move, they aren't cold to the touch and there isn't the feeling of 2 hard baseballs on my chest anymore!! The level of comfort from these implants to the textured ones is unreal!! That aside the surgery was successful and the drs didn't find anything suspicious or fluid of any sort so that is good. The first 2 days after surgery sucked but was tolerable when I took my pain meds....mostly I was just uncomfortable and tired because sleeping in that state is always a challenge. After the first few days I started feeling good again and it has just been putting in my time to heal and let the scar tissue/capsule form around implant. So in my experience this was a good decision for me and I'm happy I did it. I'm not at a point in my life emotionally that I could go flat without reconstruction. I know all implants carry a risk but I've choosen the least amount of risk and am hoping for the best. In this situation you kinda have to pick your poison......take a chance, or go flat. For me going flat was much more traumatizing. But this is all my own personal feelings and opinions. Every woman out there has to decide what is best for them and what will make you live your best possible life in the now. I wish only the best for all of you!!!! Take care.