Anyone else w/infection after fat transfer?
I had a BMX with immediate implant reconstruction in October 2021, followed by chemo and then radiation of my left breast/chest area due to a rogue node. Radiation finished in June 2022, and my skin was in pretty good shape but the chest wall and surrounding tissue were quite tight. After discussion with my surgeon, I elected fat grafting to address the tightness and some other cosmetic concerns, rippling and such.
The fat transfer was done in late June, and I felt like everything went well but it seemed like my radiated breast was healing much more slowly than the other breast (both had fat transferred). Earlier this week I went for my scheduled post-op, and it turns out I have an infection in the radiated breast. I was immediately admitted to the hospital for IV antibiotics. When I was first admitted, the surgeon said we might have to remove the implant, let the infection clear, then put it back. It's been four days now of nonstop antibiotics. The breast has swelled bigger than it was before and is still red and hot to the touch, although the surgeon's PA thinks it's getting better. The surgeon told me yesterday that I'm the first patient he's had who acquired an infection from fat transfer, and I don't think he knows how to proceed. Aside from being super uncomfortable, I'm worried this infection isn't going to clear as long as the implant is in, but the surgeon seems hesitant to take it out.
Anyone else have an experience like this? I don't want to push for surgery if it's not necessary, but I want to make sure this doesn't get worse, especially since the tissue in the area is probably already compromised due to rads