implant after radiation?
I had a mastectomy and then 16 round of radiation 3 years ago. I don't want to go through the DIEP flap surgery. My original reconstruction surgeon refuses to insert implants on radiated skin, since you're more prone to infection and failure. I got a 2nd opinion from a reconstructive surgeon who is willing to do this procedure for me but only because i want tiny implants and it has been a few years since radiation, and my skin is in good shape. He would do it in three stages: fat grafting, tissue expander and then implant. He just wants me to be aware of the risks.
Anyone here done one of these? I would love to hear your experiences. Thank you!