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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 Nov 8, 2017 07:32AM 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


5/6 - Gardengirls - Exchange Surgery (completed)

8/8 - Jonella - Exchange Surgery and Fat Grafting (completed)

8/15 - Remi50 - Exchange Surgery (completed)

8/26 - LRG02016 - Exchange Surgery (completed)

11/22 - BigBlueFish - Exchange Surgery and liposuction (for potential fat grafting) and abdominoplasty (completed)

2/27 - Pickmorewildflowers - Exchange Surgery (completed)

3/8 - Imkopy2 - Exchange Surgery (completed)

4-25 - ShoreGirl - Exchange Surgery (completed)

6-1 - Klix - Exchange Surgery (completed)

6-16 - Breastcanceryogi - Exchange Surgery (completed)

6-30 - Mominator - Revision Surgery (fix capsular contraction and reposition implant) (completed)

7-6 - Bevmomduck - Exchange Surgery (completed)

8/7 - Elkay7 - Exchange Surgery (completed)

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

11/23 - Dafne - Exchange Surgery

11/28 - Maui-Jen - Exchange Surgery

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

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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Sep 9, 2017 04:59PM EastcoastTS wrote:

TrmTab:

SO sorry that this happened -- but I agree with your decision to hold on surgery for a little bit. Maybe too much stress on your body to jump right back into an OR.

Take care!

Dx@ 49. Oncotype: 14, BRCA 1/2- Dx 1/4/2017, ILC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/27/2017 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 9/7/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Sep 11, 2017 09:00AM - edited Sep 11, 2017 09:41AM by TrmTab

Sorry for my meltdown this past weekend...it was just moving too fast.

I finally did leave the hospital and am now recovering from this implant exchange. The Inspira TCX is a higher cohesive ratio than the SRX, so I guess that means this will be firmer and ???perhaps??? have more projection than the SRX? So those would be considerations to include in the potential exchange in Nov/Dec to the SRX?

Plus have concerns about the Textured surface vs smooth given recent data, so before this was put into me was firmly set against textured/wanted smooth round...but, if I wind up happy with the size/firmness I wonder if the risk of another surgery is higher than the risk of ALCL?

Currently very swollen, sore and as of today quite bruised along the medial line and on my native R breast that I assume was being pushed out of the way as they worked on my left.

Thank you all for putting up with my meltdown...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 2/5/2016 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
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Sep 11, 2017 02:22PM robinblessed54 wrote:

It's okay to have a meltdown. That is such a disappointment when you get something different than what you talked about. But you just might like the textured. I have the Natrelle 410's that are textured anatomicals. I really love them. They are quite natural looking and feeling. Did you have a lift on the other side? Try to heal and take some stress away from your body. You will heal better with less stress. :)

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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Sep 11, 2017 04:37PM LettyF wrote:

I totally agree with Robin, we're all entitled to a melt-down. We are trying to get back to the best degree something we've forever lost and in our minds we're hoping for the best outcomes and want to be included in the process. I have driven my poor PS crazy I'm sure. I've looked at his before and after photos and I have to admit, many "afters" were better than the "befores". I know this doesn't diminish the affects of the emotional loss and the stress we've been under mentally and physically so I hope that statement isn't offensive to anyone. My PS comes highly recommended and I've talked at length about what I want and don't want and shown him pictures and given him a world of advice to which here lately he just looks at me with arms crossed, smile on his face, and shakes his head. I've had to resolve myself to the fact that he is the professional, is aware of my wants and expectations, and with that in mind, will try his best to give me the best silicone implants for my situation to achieve the best outcome for me.

I hope I'm not sounding irresponsible for giving up so much control but the more I read the more I'm confused and now its nice to know its outta my hands. I wish everyone whose taken this journey the best and much happiness. Everyone deserves it.

Dx 1/6/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 2/1/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Surgery 5/2/2017 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/16/2017 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 9/4/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 11, 2017 04:46PM - edited Sep 11, 2017 04:49PM by TrmTab

Yes, I will take the time to see if this may be okay...it is sub-pec 800 round, right now I am very swollen and somewhat bruised. Saw the PS at 1pm today and he said I "looked good" despite swelling and bruising...next see him in 3 weeks.

The textured freak me out due to the ACLC, but I have been hearing better outcomes if the pocket is flushed before inserting and if there is not genetic link. I believe my PS flushes and I don't have any genetic link, so maybe I shouldn't freak. Also recognize there is risk with another surgery, so is the risk of another surgery greater then the risk of ACLC??? Probably yes.

At this point, following advice on bra 24/7, sleeping on my back, and hope swelling starts to subside (or at least not grow) in the next few days. Currently at 3 days post-op, so hopefully the shock to my system has happened and the next week can steer toward recovery.

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 2/5/2016 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
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Sep 13, 2017 09:18AM buffyjc wrote:

Hi ladies! I'm scheduled for exchange and fat grafting on 9/20...just 1 week away...ACK!!! I'm nervous because it's surgery but I'm excited because I want this expander out! The general consensus, from what I've read, is that recovery should be much smoother and quicker than mastectomy (I had SMX). So, I'm looking forward to that! However, I'd like to know if anyone could offer any tips or suggestions for supplies I should have on hand, any items for comfort or even "do this, not that" type of info. I'm also having my left breast augmented at the same time.

Any info would be appreciated!

Dx 2/23/2017, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Surgery 4/12/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 9/20/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant
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Sep 13, 2017 09:49AM VegGal wrote:

Ice packs have been the "item of the year" for me. I had revision/grafting last Friday and they not only ease the pain, but also the intense itching I've had on the bruised areas.

Otherwise I just used everything else I used previously for the BMX and exchanges. While it definitely hasn't been fun, it hasn't been as painful as I was anticipating.

Dx 1/12/2016, DCIS, Left, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 3/11/2016 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 9/7/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Sep 13, 2017 10:15AM buffyjc wrote:

VegGal-Thanks for that info!

When does the swelling begin to subside? For now, I'm scheduled to return to work on Monday, 9/25 unless I'm just not feeling up to it.

Dx 2/23/2017, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Surgery 4/12/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 9/20/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant
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Sep 13, 2017 10:38AM EastcoastTS wrote:

Buffy:

Exchange (9/7) for me has been incredibly easy compared to BMX. Brings home how much that surgery was. And I had a fair to middling amount of pocket work, too. Pain so manageable that I was off pain meds after a couple of days. I could have continued on them -- but they cause other issues, you know? On Alleve now.

Just bring items you may need out of shelves to counter level. I'm trying to be very careful because you keep range of motion (I think) for the most part. Nothing like MX. So you can do too much too quickly. Pillows because back to sleeping on your back. Perhaps some gauze strips or pads in the event your surgical bra, if your PS uses one, scratches your skin.

I took Arnica a few days before and still taking. I have almost no bruising but did not have fat grafting.

Also, implants are immediately more comfortable than TEs, IMHO.

GOOD luck!

Dx@ 49. Oncotype: 14, BRCA 1/2- Dx 1/4/2017, ILC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/27/2017 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 9/7/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Sep 13, 2017 10:39AM - edited Sep 13, 2017 10:50AM by TrmTab

Yes, ice packs. I wasn't expecting to be so bruised...but I am really bruised breastbone and under breast on L-MX side that had implant put in on Friday (I'm 5 days post-op) and on the medial side of my native breast -- that was really a surprise. I hadn't expected this to be a big blood surgery but as the pocket needed to be "scored" to remove scar tissue, this created blood/bruising.

As of this morning, my swelling is going down but I am still really swollen...on Monday and Tuesday I measured around my chest...45", today 44" which would make me a DDD and my native is a D, so hoping swelling will continue to go down.

My MX side is starting to go into the yellow range of bruise, so that is also progress.

Had surgery Friday, went to my office Monday...total desk job with private office so I can moderate how active I actually am...or am not...but with 82 y.o. mother at home, better to be out of the house and slow moving than in the house and having to take care of someone else...but I only took Tylenol once I left the hospital, so didn't have restrictions based on taking meds.

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 2/5/2016 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
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Sep 13, 2017 11:42AM VegGal wrote:

I am still very bruised and swollen. I went in with Righty hanging 2 inches lower than Lefty and appearing much larger and now I have kind of the opposite appearance. My PS did say it will even out in two weeks or so and so far everything she's proposed has been spot on so I am going to keep the faith. One thing I CAN say is that I no longer have burger buns, and that makes me very happy.

Dx 1/12/2016, DCIS, Left, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 3/11/2016 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 9/7/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Sep 13, 2017 11:42AM MinusTwo wrote:

Buffy - one of the most important things to remember is Stay Away From the Mirror. Swelling can last several months (yes, months) while everything inside heals. The final appearance won't be in evidence for 3 months or more. Good luck.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Sep 13, 2017 01:46PM buffyjc wrote:

Thanks ladies!!! I'm so glad I posted on this thread! So, I need ice packs, pillows and gauze/pads for comfort...swelling could take a while to completely subside...don't obsess over what I see in a mirror as the final product will take some time. Got it!

Thank you all so much!



Dx 2/23/2017, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Surgery 4/12/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 9/20/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant
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Sep 13, 2017 07:28PM OG56 wrote:

I had my exchange surgery after my BMX and I found it to be such an easy surgery I was so surprised they had prepared me to have a moderate amount of pain afterwards. I had no bruising however I did have a moderate amount of swelling. I took pain pills to sleep because I had to sleep in my recliner for a couple of nights and I don't do that well so the pain pills mostly were just to be comfortable enough to sleep. I had 800cc Inspira extra high profile. My only issue is my incision initially my incisions were supposed to stop just after my armpit and not up onto the breast Mound but they had to keep extending it because it was healing in like three little jagged lines on the end. Because I'd had 38 double Ds and my breast tissue went under my armpit and partially onto my back they did a long scar and at exchange they did a lot of liposuction and I have to say for any big breasted women out there it is awesome and you look so much thinner just not having all that breast fat under your arms or the back fat LOL I hope all you ladies have successful exchanges and a minimal amount of pain. I figured my minimal pain during Exchange was a blessing because the pain after my BMX was on a scale of 1 to 10 a 25.

Linda Dx 5/30/2008, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx 9/22/2016, ILC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/14 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/6/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Sep 13, 2017 07:45PM Herculesmulligan wrote:

a perhaps weird question for ladies who have had fat grafting: if you gain weight later, can you gain it at the donor site? Or do you deposit fat somewhere else? I've always carried all my excess weight in my belly. If I use that for fat grafting, and later gain weight, where does the new weight gain go? Can you grow more belly fat? Or does it plump up another area?

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Sep 14, 2017 06:59AM Leslienva wrote:

Buffy, if they're taking fat from your stomach, expect that area to be sore. It helped to wear sweat pants and not jeans or anything with a zipper. I even bought a few pairs of dressier pants from Macy's that were pull on that I could wear to work. The pants with zippers were pretty uncomfortable for a few weeks.

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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Sep 14, 2017 07:00AM Leslienva wrote:

Hercules, I had fat grafting from my lower stomach. The fat from the top is still there! I wish they'd suctioned more out.

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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Sep 14, 2017 04:32PM TrmTab wrote:

Sent my PS office pictures of my bruising (they said yes it looks horrible, but not concerned given 6 days post op) BUT, when I mentioned I was using ice packs that the hospital sent me home with ...NO, stop ice packs,vasoconstriction...if the swelling or bruising is bothering me take a pain med vs ice pack! I feel you never get the same answer from two people...oh well, no more ice packs.

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 2/5/2016 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
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Sep 14, 2017 05:50PM VegGal wrote:

We can't win for losing!

Dx 1/12/2016, DCIS, Left, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 3/11/2016 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 9/7/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Sep 14, 2017 05:54PM Sitti wrote:

Buffyjc, I have my exchange on the 20th too! I'm glad you asked your question as it's helpful. I'm ready to relieve these expanders of their duty! That being said, I'm still pretty nervous, I think about the final outcome. Wishing you the very best.

Dx 12/5/2016, DCIS, Right, 4cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Surgery 1/12/2017 Lumpectomy Surgery 3/21/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Sep 14, 2017 06:28PM EastcoastTS wrote:

TrmTab:

Are you trying Arnica Montana for bruising? My PS said she thinks it helps (though she did not recommend, I told her after the fact, and she said her former practice used it). It helps with bruising a lot. There is also cream but you don't want to use that on open wounds. It's harmless, so cannot hurt. I think even Walmart sells it. In very small capsule looking container. Little pellets you place under tongue. Tastes minty or something.

(I've had almost not bruising and also did not with BMX. Still taking Arnica and I'm a week out.)

Dx@ 49. Oncotype: 14, BRCA 1/2- Dx 1/4/2017, ILC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/27/2017 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 9/7/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Sep 15, 2017 03:35AM candles1 wrote:


Public service announcement re fat grafting: the breasts must NOT be iced after fat grafting. AT ALL. The cold impedes the newly transplanted fat from forming a new blood supply, which it needs to survive.

Do not count on all medical professionals to know this. My PS and the PS's nurse warned me repeatedly not to ice the breast area after the fat transfer ... yet, I woke up from the fat grafting surgery with two ice packs right on top of my breasts. I immediately told the nurse that I thought icing was a no-no? She checked with someone and then removed them immediately.

Icing the host site, on the other hand, is great.
Dx 11/8/2016, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+
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Sep 15, 2017 08:51AM TrmTab wrote:

Hadn't heard of Arnica...will check it out. Had no bruising at MX, so this is a real stunner. One week post op. Swelling has stabilized after a bloom of swelling 3 days out when I wore a bra, but not a compression bra. Bruising is turning from fresh to old, but given the extent I will be bruised for weeks...

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 2/5/2016 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
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Sep 15, 2017 09:03AM noodlesmom wrote:

Thank you for this! I remembered "no ice packs" for BMX in order to preserve skin integrity (and because lack of nerves means no clue whether it's too cold), but GREAT information to have since I'll be heading in my exchange--with fat grafting--1 week from today.

Thank you!!

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Sep 15, 2017 10:43AM motheroftwins wrote:

Exchange Surgery Scheduled October 9th. Cant wait. Excited and nervous. Will also have fat graphing at exchange. Nervous about that part.

Dx 7/13/2011, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 4/26 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/8/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/8/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 9/23/2011 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 1/24/2012 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Radiation Therapy 2/28/2012 Hormonal Therapy 4/23/2012 Surgery 6/12/2017 Reconstruction (left): Latissimus dorsi flap
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Sep 15, 2017 10:53AM grandma3X wrote:

I had fat grafting done in March (outer thighs). I used Dermend for the bruising and it worked great. You can get it from Walmart or any drug store. The pain from this procedure was minimal BTW, but I think I lost a lot of it. I have a second FG scheduled in October, this time from my lower back.

Hav a great weekend everyone!

Oncotype score 10. Married 35 years, 2 kids, 3 grands. Marine biologist/biochemist. No BC in my family tree. First diagnosed with multi focal ILC with 2 small tumors seen on MRI. Final pathology showed 1 large tumor measuring 5 cm! Dx 1/13/2016, ILC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/13/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/17/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 10/26/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 10/11/2017 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Surgery 10/11/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Sep 15, 2017 07:07PM T-Sue wrote:

I second Arnica to ease bruising. On my PS's recommendation, I took it immediately after coming home from BMX. My bruises went from a red color straight to a yellow color, skipping the blue/green/black phase all together.

Dx 3/24/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 4/25/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Targeted Therapy 6/4/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 6/4/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Sep 16, 2017 02:18AM Shoregirl wrote:

Just a quick heads up, while Arnica is great for bruising, if you have any kidney problems, check w/your Nephrologist. Mine told me NOT to take Arnic or use it topically. Apparantly it acts like NSAIDS which are contraindicated in kidney patients.

Wishing Sitti, Nooodlesmom and Motheroftwins positive outcomes w/your upcoming exchanges!!

I am having a revision Nov 29 which will include fat grafting. Since I can't use Arnica, I will eat lots of pineapple in the weeks leading up to and following surgery as it is also supposed to help healing.

Faith, Hope & Love, the greatest of these is Love 1st Cor 13:13 Dx 12/2/2016, DCIS, Right, 5cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 1/27/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Sep 16, 2017 08:28AM 2FUN wrote:

pinapple? never heard of that. also, didn't know arnica was oral, always used it topically.

Hormonal Therapy Surgery
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Sep 16, 2017 01:15PM Shoregirl wrote:

2Fun yes, there are little Arnica pellets (Homeopathic) you can take orally. It is highly diluted for oral use because the herb itself is highly toxic. Source Arnica Montana WebMD I got the tip from a plastic surgeon at Georgetown University Med Center in Washington, DC. Here is a link to an article supporting this claim. I love fresh pineapple!! Smile

Faith, Hope & Love, the greatest of these is Love 1st Cor 13:13 Dx 12/2/2016, DCIS, Right, 5cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 1/27/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement

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