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Forum: Breast Reconstruction — Is it right for you? Discuss timing and various procedures and techniques.

Posted on: Jan 30, 2009 07:41PM - edited Jan 28, 2019 08:27AM by Mykidsmom

Mykidsmom wrote:

We love to include everyone's surgery dates - Please PM me and I will update the list to include you! The list keeps changing since we try to move forward as the dates move forward. Thanks. - Jean

Useful web sites:

Mentor: http://www.justbreastimplants.com/implants/mentor_specs.htm

http://www.mentorcorp.com/breastsurgery/reconstruction/breast-implants.htm

Mentor ultra high profile implants: http://www.mentorcorp.com/global/physician-information/silicon-gel-breast-implants.htm

Allergan: http://www.allergan.com/assets/pdf/natrelle_catalog.pdf

9/8 - CarlaEM - Revision, switching implants, possible fat grafting (completed)

9/8 - NervousGal - Exchange Surgery (completed)

9/20 - Buffyjc - Exchange and Fat Grafting (completed)

9/22 - Noodlesmom - Exchange Surgery (completed)

10/9 - MotherofTwins - Exchange and Fat Grafting (completed)

11/1 - Lynae23 - Exchange Surgery (complted)

11/3 - MinuteAtATime - Exchange Surgery (completed)

11/3 - T-Sue - Exchange Surgery (completed)

11/15 - LettyF - Exchange Surgery with lipo/fat grafting (completed)

11/28 - Maui-Jen - Exchange Surgery (completed)

11/29 - Shoregirl- Revision Surgery - downsize implants, tighten pocket and skin, and fat graft (completed)

12/8 - Dafne - Exchange Surgery (completed)

12/20 - Bringon2017 - Exchange Surgery (completed)

1/24 - jbrmdr - Exchange surgery (completed)

1/29 - Mooney - Exchange Surgery (completed)

4/25 - lmkopy2 - Nip recon put on hold! Swapping implants and fat grafting. (completed)

5/22 - Mariettamom - Exchange Surgery (completed)

6/19 - Maggiebutterfly - Exchange Surgery (completed)

7/10 - Rascalsmom - Exchange Surgery to Sientra smooth round high profile (completed)

8/31 - Mastectomysister - Bilateral mastectomy 8/31 with TE's. No date set yet for exchange.

9/13 - Rachelcarter35 - Exchange Surgery (completed)

9/20 - Gramto4 - Exchange Surgery/Revision (completed)

9/25 - LInnyG - L mastectomy with TE and SNB (completed)

11/13 - Mastectomysister - Exchange Surgery (completed)

11/30 - Jsbells - Exchange Surgery (completed)

12/27 - Gramto4 - Nipple reconstruction and fat grafting (completed)

12/28 - Lolarg - Exchange Surgery (completed)

1/3/2019 - Crossh - Exchange Surgery (completed)

AnnieAlso - Revision Sister in Waiting!

Prophylactic Bilateral Mastectomy w/ Tissue Expanders - 12/08 Exchange 04/09 Dx 8/25/2008, LCIS, Stage 0
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Mar 20, 2017 07:20AM Bluebirdgirl wrote:

Imkopy2, I just had a thought, maybe some Spanx that are for the upper body, From hip to breasts, sort of like a swim suit type. That might have enough compression for your breasts but not touch your incisions? I don't know. Maybe someone with more knowledge about Spanx could answer whether that would be an option. Good luck and I hope you find something comfortable soon.

Hugs

“Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope” Dx 7/28/2016, DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 8/25/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 3/20/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Mar 20, 2017 08:16PM Imkopy2 wrote:

Bluebird- good thought I like it! Going to give it a try, anything is worth a shot. I figure my steri strips will be on for another month or so I will need something and maybe even beyond the steristirps because the scars will be tender. Ahh the struggles of BC. Thanks for the advice!

If it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you Dx 3/7/2016, DCIS/IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/8 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 4/12/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 5/23/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 10/22/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 1/24/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 3/7/2017 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 9/26/2017
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Mar 21, 2017 08:36AM kingster wrote:

Imkopy2, maybe try putting a thick gauze pad under your bra band. I tried this when the upper area of my implants were rubbing since I was really full up top at first. ABD pads work really well.

3D tattoos 11/22/16 Dx 6/2014, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+ Dx 6/2014, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/7 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 7/11/2014 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/21/2014 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 3/5/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 10/15/2015 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting
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Mar 21, 2017 11:31PM Alex276 wrote:

Maybe try a thick ace bandage. That is what I was sent home in after my surgery.

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Mar 22, 2017 08:20PM Imkopy2 wrote:

Thank you kingster I had a guaze pad but Im going to get the ABD (I had to look up what that was, thank goodness for google) and see if it helps.

Alex, I tried the ace bandage thing this morning, my PS wrapped me in one for my masectomy it was actually not too terrible. BUT I was the only one home and its not that easy to wrap yourself lol! It was a comedy routine for sure! Going to try both the pad and the bandage on the morning, I just have to make sure my hubby does it before he leaves.

Thanks so much...cyber hugs!

If it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you Dx 3/7/2016, DCIS/IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/8 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 4/12/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 5/23/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 10/22/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 1/24/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 3/7/2017 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 9/26/2017
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Mar 23, 2017 01:21PM Molly50 wrote:

I have the same struggle lmkopy. The gauze on my incision helps and zipping the bra halfway up.

54 years old. Chek2 mutation. Family history of BC. Oncotype Dx 13 Extensive LVI Dx 6/8/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 7/29/2015, DCIS, Left, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Surgery 7/29/2015 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Surgery 9/4/2015 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 10/13/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 10/20/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 4/22/2016 Aromasin (exemestane) Surgery 7/22/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 3/21/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Mar 28, 2017 06:47PM TrmTab wrote:

Molly, have been thinking of you.  Hope you have had a good week of recovery. Your spring break is over, so hopefully you aren't doing too much.  Hugs, TT

Dx 9/2015, DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Surgery 12/21/2015 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 1/10/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 2/4/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 6/3/2016 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 1/1/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 9/8/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant Surgery 12/16/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant
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Mar 29, 2017 02:05AM Molly50 wrote:

Thank you Trmtab! I'm doing well. I am following my post op instructions. I don't want any problems.

54 years old. Chek2 mutation. Family history of BC. Oncotype Dx 13 Extensive LVI Dx 6/8/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 7/29/2015, DCIS, Left, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Surgery 7/29/2015 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Surgery 9/4/2015 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 10/13/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 10/20/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 4/22/2016 Aromasin (exemestane) Surgery 7/22/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 3/21/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Apr 1, 2017 07:48PM Shoregirl wrote:

I got what I hoped for, my PS had a cancellation so instead of May 4, my exchange is now April 25. Counting down the days!!! 💆

Faith, Hope & Love, the greatest of these is Love 1st Cor 13:13 Dx 12/2/2016, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 1/26/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 4/24/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 11/28/2017 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 12/3/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Apr 2, 2017 07:04AM farmdream wrote:

Shoregirl - fantastic news on the earlier exchange date!!! I have one more fill tomorrow and then I have to wait 6 weeks for the exchange.

I would like to hear your experience with this part of the process.

Hope you have a quick and pain free recovery.

Smile

Dx 10/17/2016, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/3/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 1/25/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Apr 2, 2017 11:45AM Shoregirl wrote:

Farmdream, that's great, only 6 weeks!! You will sail through that!! My PS was so busy I initially was scheduled out 10 weeks, I was so disappointed! I wanted to be recovered for my fiance's birthday, but surgery was just one week prior. So now my wait is 8 weeks. I will post my progress. Thanks for the kind words!! 😊

Faith, Hope & Love, the greatest of these is Love 1st Cor 13:13 Dx 12/2/2016, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 1/26/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 4/24/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 11/28/2017 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 12/3/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Apr 2, 2017 08:35PM Imkopy2 wrote:

Shoregirl that's WONDERFUL news...Im 3 weeks post op and Im doing really well. Everything up top is still pretty tight (my PS put in implants larger than he expanded me) but not nearly as bad as those turtle shells. The exchange is no where near as bad as the masectomy and the recovery is pretty easy. The key is listening to your surgeon for optimal results. The 25th will be here before you know it...Ill be thinking of you! hugs

If it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you Dx 3/7/2016, DCIS/IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/8 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 4/12/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 5/23/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 10/22/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 1/24/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 3/7/2017 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 9/26/2017
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Apr 3, 2017 07:49PM - edited Apr 3, 2017 07:50PM by Madison4568

I am having nipples done on 4/10. I plan on going to work the next day ( I have a desk job, engineer). Can anyone tell me how long before I can exercise? I joined Orange Theory and have had great success losing weight and getting myself back in pre-cancer shape. I was originally told no restrictions except no bra the first week. Now the surgeons office is telling me no exercise for four weeks!! Can anyone please tell me what my limitations are going to be?

Diagnosed at age 22, Inflammatory BC, BRCA1 Dx 10/7/2014, IBC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 8/19 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 10/12/2014 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 2/22/2015 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap, Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy 3/30/2015 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Targeted Therapy 5/30/2015 Lynparza Surgery 5/1/2016 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap, Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/21/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 1/2/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant Surgery 4/9/2017 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction
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Apr 3, 2017 09:20PM Molly50 wrote:

Congratulations, Shoregirl!

54 years old. Chek2 mutation. Family history of BC. Oncotype Dx 13 Extensive LVI Dx 6/8/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 7/29/2015, DCIS, Left, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Surgery 7/29/2015 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Surgery 9/4/2015 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 10/13/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 10/20/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 4/22/2016 Aromasin (exemestane) Surgery 7/22/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 3/21/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Apr 3, 2017 09:53PM Imkopy2 wrote:

Madison- Believe me I hear you about th workouts helping you get your figure back. Ask your surgeon, you don't want to mess things up. I know it's frustrating not being able to shed pounds(I've lost half of my 36 lb chemo weight) but screwing up your final results (reconstruction is our daily reminder of this horrible disease) because we're in a rush to lose those extra lbs is foolish. Please keep us posted hugs

If it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you Dx 3/7/2016, DCIS/IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/8 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 4/12/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 5/23/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 10/22/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 1/24/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 3/7/2017 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 9/26/2017
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Apr 4, 2017 09:07PM Leslienva wrote:

I was told to not take my aromasin a week before fat grafting. Has anyone been told this? The nurse says it can cause more bleeding, but I never stopped taking it before my exchange surgery,

Saved my hair with Penguin Cold Caps! Dx 8/1/2014, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 9/16/2014 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/2/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 2/11/2015 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Apr 5, 2017 12:19AM Molly50 wrote:

I stopped it before my mx but kept taking it before my exchange surgery.

54 years old. Chek2 mutation. Family history of BC. Oncotype Dx 13 Extensive LVI Dx 6/8/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 7/29/2015, DCIS, Left, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Surgery 7/29/2015 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Surgery 9/4/2015 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 10/13/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 10/20/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 4/22/2016 Aromasin (exemestane) Surgery 7/22/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 3/21/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Apr 5, 2017 08:42AM TrmTab wrote:

I was originally scheduled for an exchange on Dec 28th and had to cancel at the last minute...but I was off Arimidex for 2 weeks in anticipation of the exchange.

Dx 9/2015, DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Surgery 12/21/2015 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 1/10/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 2/4/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 6/3/2016 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 1/1/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 9/8/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant Surgery 12/16/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant
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Apr 5, 2017 10:44AM robinblessed54 wrote:

I was in between meds trying to get one that worked for me so I was off of hormonal therapy until after my exchange. I had not started any hormone therapy at the time of my bmx. I have heard of this on the boards before.

Robin


Dx 9/2/2014, ILC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/25/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 10/15/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2014 Aromasin (exemestane) Surgery 3/5/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 3/14/2015 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 12/21/2016 Reconstruction (left): Nipple tattoo; Reconstruction (right): Nipple tattoo
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Apr 5, 2017 11:59AM Scottiemom11 wrote:

I had to stop Tamoxifen before more exchange and before my revision surgery two weeks ago. It may depend on the surgeon as to whether they tell you to stop.

Scottie

Diagnosed at age 48. Oncotype DX 11. BRCA Neg. Additional Therapy: Lupron & Gabapentin 2/5/15. . .Truncal Lymphedema 9/2/16. . .Capsular Contracture 2/10/17. . .Writer, photographer, mother of two autistic children. Vegetarian and Gluten-Free Dx 10/10/2014, ILC, Right, <1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 12/2/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 12/3/2014, ILC, Right, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 12/3/2014, LCIS, Both breasts, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2014 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 7/26/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 3/19/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Apr 6, 2017 10:54AM - edited Apr 6, 2017 10:55AM by Madison4568

Thank you Imkopy2. I do always follow the rules because I want the best possible outcome! When I saw the surgeon he said no restrictions just no bra for a week. So I didn't plan on missing work (new job) then the surgeons office staff told me 4 weeks of no exercise and two weeks off work. That seems extreme for nipples. I've been down 6 weeks at a time for the last few surgeries. It's sofrustrating! Hugs to all of you going through this! <3

Diagnosed at age 22, Inflammatory BC, BRCA1 Dx 10/7/2014, IBC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 8/19 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 10/12/2014 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 2/22/2015 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap, Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy 3/30/2015 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Targeted Therapy 5/30/2015 Lynparza Surgery 5/1/2016 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap, Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/21/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 1/2/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant Surgery 4/9/2017 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction
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Apr 6, 2017 02:52PM Molly50 wrote:

I saw PS today. 4 more weeks of restrictions and wearing the sports bra. Then I see him and he will release me to my "normal" life and wants me to wear a underwire bra to create the "shelf" below my foob. Righty is already trying to drop but lefty (my radiated side) is holding tight. He hopes lefty will loosen up and drop with righty. I really hate the idea of not being symmetrical. I don't want to have to forever wear a bra to not look lopsided.

54 years old. Chek2 mutation. Family history of BC. Oncotype Dx 13 Extensive LVI Dx 6/8/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 7/29/2015, DCIS, Left, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Surgery 7/29/2015 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Surgery 9/4/2015 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 10/13/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 10/20/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 4/22/2016 Aromasin (exemestane) Surgery 7/22/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 3/21/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Apr 6, 2017 09:07PM Imkopy2 wrote:

Madison that seems easy enough...hell I didn't wear a bra for 11 months while i had expanders lol! I missed it but then again I didn't. Wishing you a successful nipple build. Looking forward in hearing about your experience that's my next phase in June.

Molly that's so interesting about how things are working out for you. Im the total opposite, my right side is slowly starting to fall which is my radiated side and my left is kinda hanging out. However, my left side is much softer than the right. There really is no rhyme or reason is there. Keep me posted on your progress and I hope everyone has a great weekend.

If it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you Dx 3/7/2016, DCIS/IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/8 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 4/12/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 5/23/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 10/22/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 1/24/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 3/7/2017 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 9/26/2017
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Apr 6, 2017 09:37PM robinblessed54 wrote:

I wore a sports bra 24/7 for 6 weeks per PS instructions. But Zi wore a bra for st leadt a year and still feel better when wearing a light bralette. I don't wear one at night now. It has been 2 years.

I got the 3D nipple tattoos abd they are amazing!

Robin


Dx 9/2/2014, ILC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/25/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 10/15/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2014 Aromasin (exemestane) Surgery 3/5/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 3/14/2015 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 12/21/2016 Reconstruction (left): Nipple tattoo; Reconstruction (right): Nipple tattoo
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Apr 6, 2017 11:44PM Molly50 wrote:

Robin, that is good to know.

54 years old. Chek2 mutation. Family history of BC. Oncotype Dx 13 Extensive LVI Dx 6/8/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 7/29/2015, DCIS, Left, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Surgery 7/29/2015 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Surgery 9/4/2015 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 10/13/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 10/20/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 4/22/2016 Aromasin (exemestane) Surgery 7/22/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 3/21/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Apr 7, 2017 11:08AM Scottiemom11 wrote:

I'm planning on the 3D tattoos. Hopefully before end of the year if PS gives the OK. Thought about getting on Vinnie's list but need to do it under insurance.

Scottie

Diagnosed at age 48. Oncotype DX 11. BRCA Neg. Additional Therapy: Lupron & Gabapentin 2/5/15. . .Truncal Lymphedema 9/2/16. . .Capsular Contracture 2/10/17. . .Writer, photographer, mother of two autistic children. Vegetarian and Gluten-Free Dx 10/10/2014, ILC, Right, <1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 12/2/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 12/3/2014, ILC, Right, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 12/3/2014, LCIS, Both breasts, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2014 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 7/26/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 3/19/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Apr 8, 2017 10:36PM Shoregirl wrote:

Thank you Imkopy2, I am happy to hear you are doing well following your exchange!! I am getting excited!! The PS said I will have drains again though, ugggh!!

Faith, Hope & Love, the greatest of these is Love 1st Cor 13:13 Dx 12/2/2016, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 1/26/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 4/24/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 11/28/2017 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 12/3/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Apr 9, 2017 07:56PM RoseBowl16 wrote:

oh mine is the 26th! I had a double Mastectomy January 11 with immediate reconstruction. I have not enjoyed the tissue expanders. The left side has shifted under my armpit and made me very uncomfortable. All of this has made me wonder if I should have explored other options like direct to implant. But, that is in the past and now I am very happy to be getting these thing out. Friends who have had this exchange tell me the implants are so much more comfortable. I had a reduction DMX so I have big scars under my boobs and up but they look pretty good. I want B small C size after being a DD! I have my. Pre-op PS appointment tomorrow. Nervous and excited to hear what's ahead. Good luck on the 25th! Next stop nipples! ;

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Apr 9, 2017 08:24PM RoseBowl16 wrote:

I have my exchange surgery in 2 weeks. How does the surgery compare? Please tell me that the implants feel better than these expanders?!

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Apr 9, 2017 10:31PM Scottiemom11 wrote:

Rosebowl16. . .implants are definitely better than TEs. That's why we call them squishies. Best wishes for a swift recovery after your EX.

Scottie

Diagnosed at age 48. Oncotype DX 11. BRCA Neg. Additional Therapy: Lupron & Gabapentin 2/5/15. . .Truncal Lymphedema 9/2/16. . .Capsular Contracture 2/10/17. . .Writer, photographer, mother of two autistic children. Vegetarian and Gluten-Free Dx 10/10/2014, ILC, Right, <1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 12/2/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 12/3/2014, ILC, Right, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 12/3/2014, LCIS, Both breasts, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2014 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 7/26/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 3/19/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant

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