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Delayed direct to Implant re-construction

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Hi Everyone,

My sister had double mastectomy in Jan. Her surgeon didn't recommend immediate re-construction. She is now thinking about direct to Implant re-construction. Please share your experience about direct to Implant re-construction. Thanks 😊

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  • exbrnxgrl
    exbrnxgrl Member Posts: 5,072
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    sanazsabeti65,

    I’m sorry to hear about your sister’s breast cancer. Some reconstruction terms can be a bit ambiguous and “direct to implant” can sometimes mean more than one thing. So before I go any further, are you asking about implant recon without tissue expanders (sometimes referred to as one step ) where the permanent implant is placed or are you referencing tissue expanders which are gradually filled as the skin is stretched to accommodate the permanent implants?

  • sanazsabeti65
    sanazsabeti65 Member Posts: 16
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    Hi, thank you for your reply. I was referring to one step recon ( implant without tissue expander)

  • exbrnxgrl
    exbrnxgrl Member Posts: 5,072
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    Thank you for the clarification. Since they are proposing a one step, no te, reconstruction, I assume her bmx was skin sparing and possibly nipple sparing. I had a one step recon done almost 13 years ago. I had it done at the same time as my bmx so my experience was a bit different. Overall, it was a much easier recovery than I imagined and am happy with the results. Feel free to ask any specific questions.