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

Posted on: Jan 31, 2009 12:41AM - edited Dec 6, 2018 02:29PM 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

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 (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

12/28 - Lolarg - Exchange Surgery

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 9, 2018 01:03AM Landri wrote:

I had UMX in May. I’m booked March 26 for exchange and adjustment to left breast. I’m looking forward to having the TE out, as most say that the permanent ones are more comfortable. Still not sure if I’m going with rounds or teardrops. Trying to match up with a small augment in the left. Any afvice

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Mar 9, 2018 02:01AM EastcoastTS wrote:

Landri:

Can say that implant(s) are SO much more comfortable than TEs. And I had an okay TE experience. Not horrible but implants a dream in comparison.

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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Mar 9, 2018 07:50AM jaymeb wrote:

Hi Landri



I had my unilateral mascectomy on my left breast in March of 2017. I had my tissue expander for awhile. Rads delayed my exchange surgery. I just had my exchange Feb 26th, so almost two weeks. It is so true, the implant feels sooo much better. Couldn't wait to get it out. I also had my right breast lifted, with some tissue taken out to match my reconstructed breast. I was given the choice of round, or teardrops, like you. I asked my PS to choose which would be the best match. Ended up with the teardrop, which looked more natural in my case. Has your PS given an opinion for your situation?
Dx 2/15/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 2/15/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 3/29/2017 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 4/22/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 7/16/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Mar 9, 2018 08:03AM jaymeb wrote:

Ladies

As I mentioned, I'm almost two weeks out from my reconstruction, and implant. Do the scars fade pretty fast? How long does it take for the breast to look good, and natural? Did anyone do fat grafting to add to the implant? Overall, you ladies who have had their new breasts for awhile, are you happy with the end result? Can someone tell me if they had their nipple 3D tattooed, and what that was like? Sorry for the endless questions. I do see it slowly gets better day by day. Thanks.
Dx 2/15/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 2/15/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 3/29/2017 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 4/22/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 7/16/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Mar 9, 2018 12:18PM Sweet_Pea wrote:

I'm so thankful for your posts about being patient with the reconstruction process. My exchange surgery is April 24, so it's coming up although it feels far away and I'd like to get it over with already!

I was also glad to hear from women who felt upset with their new (smaller) size. My PS warned me that I would be smaller than before and I cried for 3 days. I think it was my mastectomy mourning period, I just had to get it out of my system. Nobody understood, all said things like, "You should be glad not to have cáncer anymore" and "I don't like my large size, anyway, it's not all it's cracked up to be." But I know you people understand, even if you haven't gone through the exact same thing. There's a special kind of empathy in this thread that I really love.

So I just wanted to get my surgery over with and see how I looked, but from what I can tell from your posts, that'll be a process of waiting and staying away from the mirror in moments of anxiety. My TE already looks small to me so I'm dreading being smaller than that. I'm overweight right now but had balanced curves before my unilateral masttectomy. Now I try to console myself with the fact that eventually I can go back to pushup bras with padding if I feel I need an extra something, although I don't really know if I can, to tell the truth!

First dx ADH 6/2017, 2nd dx IDC+DCIS 7/2017 Dx 7/13/2017, DCIS/IDC: Mucinous, Right, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/29/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 4/24/2018 Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Mar 9, 2018 03:27PM Landri wrote:

Thank you so much for your reply! Yes, I asked my expert! Haha. She also said tear drop, so I think I’ll go with that. I’m very happy with my PS, so I’ll trust she knows what she’s doing! I’m also getting a lift, and a small implant in ‘good ‘side. I see most posts are BMX here. How was the recovery for your nonMX side

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Mar 9, 2018 03:37PM Landri wrote:

I hear ya Sweet Pea! I can’t wait to get this step behind me! I’m T-16 days! Haha.

Ladies, in regards to recovery, how soon did you get back to any exercise? I’m usually fairly active, and it’s also a stress coping thing for me, so I’m eager, yet don’t want to wreck incisions etc

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Mar 9, 2018 06:15PM EastcoastTS wrote:

Landri:

Anything I tell you may be on the slow side because I had lots of pocket work. But I waited about 8 weeks to get back to lifting weights or yoga. I was really trying to preserve the pocket.

Ask your PS because you should be on some limitations at the start. Be careful. You'll feel great, so the threat is doing too much. Just go very easy the first couple of weeks (month) on lifting anything heavy. Even if you feel you can. Protect the internal sutures and that pocket.

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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Mar 9, 2018 06:43PM MinusTwo wrote:

Wisdom from earlier in this thread:

"Just Because you Can doesn't mean you Should" Be sure to get your doc's approval before starting ANY exercise program. I wasn't even allowed to raise my arms above my shoulders for 3 weeks.

And secondly - "step away from the mirror". As several of you have recently mentioned, the final "LOOK" may take a long time. No point in trying to guess the outcome for several months.

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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Mar 9, 2018 10:06PM Landri wrote:

Thanks for the warnings of doing too much too soon. I’d be in that camp! I’ve 1 more appointment with PS this Monday. Hoping to inject another 10-30 ccs just to give her a bit more room for surgery. Trying to figure out last minute questions for her. I’ve been hearing a LOT about ‘pocket work’ and I have no idea what that is! I k ow what the pocket is, what increases the ‘work’?Anyone?

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Mar 9, 2018 11:09PM robinblessed54 wrote:

Landri, the pocket work might be necessary to lift or lower the pocket to get symmetry. I had a tiny bit of pocket work on the right side to even it out with the left side. Not painful just like was said above, protect any sutures that are inside that you can't see. I have the tear drop anatomical and they require lots of protection so they will not rotate. They are textured so they can adhere to the chest wall/muscle. I couldn't lift my arms above my shoulders either for a long time. Be careful, you want those girls to sit right and tight in their places. Best of luck and get good after care instructions.

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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Mar 10, 2018 01:09AM EastcoastTS wrote:

I had pocket work to:

(1) move the implants closer together than TEs were (wayyyy far apart)

and

(2) lift one TE (pocket) that had dropped

It just lengthens the surgery time a little and maybe a little more pain. But nothing major. NOTHING compared to BMX.

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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Mar 10, 2018 01:31AM MinusTwo wrote:

If you have anatomical implants (teardrops) you need to make sure you PS has lots of experience & creates a really well fitted pocket. That way you won't have possible trouble with rotation.

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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Mar 12, 2018 04:17PM Ghionik wrote:

Headed to get my exchange surgery done!

Dx 10/26/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/4/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 1/13/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 12, 2018 05:51PM OCDAmy wrote:

Hello all,

I will be having exchange surgery in early June. I had BMX with TEs, four rounds of TC, and then 28 rads with a bolus. My last rad was January 12 so I will be about 5 months after that for exchange. I was wondering how many of you had rads? My skin held up pretty well but I keep reading about problems with rads and implants and my PS is suggesting I consider lat flap or DIEP, both scare me and I don't really want that long recovery. Appreciate hearing any positive results with implants and radiated breasts.

Dx 2/2017, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap Radiation Therapy Whole-breast Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Mar 12, 2018 07:36PM - edited Mar 12, 2018 07:37PM by Dafne

Well, sisters, 12 days after my exchange surgery, let me share the good and the bad of how things went.

First of all, as so many of you assured me, exchange surgery was a breeze comparing to bmx. Anesthesia was unfortunately really bad for me, I had difficulty getting out of it and I felt dizzy, sleepy and nauseus for hours after that. They gave me anti vomitting drugs, but it was an awful feeling.

Apart from that, the rest was easy. Minimal pain, easily managed with drugs, was up the next day, walking and being able to go to the bathroom by myself, and my ps was kind enough to let me stay till it was time to remove the drains (I had 2).

Now, aisthetical results. I knew already that my implants would be on the smaller side, and they sure are. No surprises here, although I would love them to be a little bit bigger, but I wont get crazy over it. I have 475 ccs implants, which on my body look like a small B, and I ll learn to live and be happy with them.

If you ask me, biggest dissapointment is the terrible iron bra feeling. First 4 days post op, I had none of it, but as they reduced the drugs, it came back in full force. Plus pec muscle spasms, which happen quite a bit, especially in cold weather, everytime I shiver etc. I so much hoped it would go away as it happened for so many sisters, but I guess it doesnt always happen this way...

Thats all girls. If any sister waiting for her exchange has any questions, feel free to ask.

Dear cancer, thank you for making me stop and listen and remember what's really important. You can go now. Surgery 10/25/2016 Lumpectomy: Left, Right Dx 11/1/2016, DCIS/IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 11/1/2016, DCIS/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/28/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 5/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 13, 2018 12:08AM TaRenee wrote:

I have GOT to remember to talk to my PS about anti-nausea drugs before surgery. I had a relatively easy time after lumpectomy and mastectomy, but exchange is at a different hospital and I sure don’t think I want to be puking after surgery! Maybe they can get the information from my hospital records from mastectomy. He was there so hopefully he has the notes on anesthesia making me so sick.

Dx 7/29/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/14/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 9/26/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 3/29/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Mar 13, 2018 12:29AM meg2016 wrote:

I had the patch behind my ear the last two surgeries and it really worked. You have to remember to take it off, it did make me a little dizzy/woozy and though you can leave it on several days, I didn't like that feeling, so would take it off after the first full night home.

Diagnosed 3/4/16 at age 39; 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 6/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ , THP+AC, DMX with expander placement, Radiation, Aromasin
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Mar 13, 2018 12:36AM Peacetoallcuzweneedit wrote:

Dafne - Give it time....I was also sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo disappointed about the iron bra feeling...I am 4mos out from my exchange and it is getting better...so hang in there. I feel like I really turned the corner at the 3mos mark...and I am starting massaging underneath my implants, right where I feel the tightness and it is or seems to be improving!

I used the patch as well to prevent nausea during surgery post op....I put it on the night before. Had a dose of Zofran when I awoke and then took the patch once I got home.


5/2017 Left Breast DCIS 6cm Grade 3 6/2017 Right Breast IDC Stage 1A, Tmic 0.5mm, 100% ER+/100%PR+/ HER2- 6/2017 BMX, SNB left, TEs x 2 8/2017 TE deflated -Replaced Oct 2017 Hysterectomy + ooph 11/2017 Implant Exchange June 2018 Nipples.
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Mar 13, 2018 01:16AM EastcoastTS wrote:

I also had the patch placed at both surgeries + maybe something else in the IV. Anyway, I told them I get nauseous, although I'm not entirely sure I do. ;) But why know after the fact when it's too late?

Good luck, Ghionik!!!

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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Mar 13, 2018 02:48AM - edited Mar 13, 2018 02:48AM by MinusTwo

By all means do ask for a "scop patch" (scopolamine) behind your ear before any surgery. It makes all the difference in the world coming out of surgery. No nausea at all.

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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Mar 13, 2018 08:49AM Sweet_Pea wrote:

It's so helpful to hear the good and bad of how things went for all of you.

For those who had nausea, did that happen to you post-mastectomy too or is this something I should think about just going into exchange surgery?

Also, I started an April surgery thread for those with exchange surgeries in April. If anyone wants, I'll change it to Spring 2018 surgeries to broaden the scope. Please join!

First dx ADH 6/2017, 2nd dx IDC+DCIS 7/2017 Dx 7/13/2017, DCIS/IDC: Mucinous, Right, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/29/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 4/24/2018 Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Mar 13, 2018 11:37AM TaRenee wrote:

Sweet Pea, I have always had an issue with anesthesia. My first lumpectomy several years ago, I threw up for 6 hours after surgery. They couldn’t let me go home till I stopped. It was awful. I told my BS and the anesthesiologist before my lumpectomy and mastectomy and they gave me some good drugs on board IV and I had no problems this time. I sure don’t want any after exchange either.

Dx 7/29/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/14/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 9/26/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 3/29/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Mar 13, 2018 12:54PM Ghionik wrote:

Hi ladies, I had my exchange surgery yesterday and it was relatively easy (after the double MX though most anything would be easier). My surgery was about 90 minutes so recovery was fairly fast once I woke up. I haven’t seen my new boobs yet because they are bandaged up. I’m seeing my PS this AM for the unveiling. I’m not on pain meds except Tylenol today unless I really hurt. I’m happy to get this part done and crossed off the “to do” list. I was show good I felt when I left the surgery center it was hard not to overdo it. Lol

Hope all of you have a great day. Xoxo

Dx 10/26/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/4/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 1/13/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 13, 2018 06:13PM robinblessed54 wrote:

Geonik, I know, but lay low! Just because you can, doesn't mean you should! So enjoy the down time and give your body a chance to heal properly and not set yourself back.

When I had my EX, I was wrapped up tight for a week, just like with the BMX, just minus drains. But I have the textured gummie anatomical and they require a tight fit. Take care and let us know how you are doing.

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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Mar 13, 2018 07:36PM Ghionik wrote:

Thanks Robin. Luckily it’s pouring rain in Portland today, so that’s helping me lay low and clean out my DVR with my cats snuggling with me. I was happy with how my boobs looked today even after seeing the swelling. I don’t want to mess anything up after all I went through to get these things put in, so I’ll be good and rest. So nice to get rid of the TE’s!

Kim

Dx 10/26/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/4/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 1/13/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 13, 2018 10:03PM BringOn2017 wrote:

Hi Dafne so glad you are doing well.

TaRenee I had problems in the past with general anaesthetic with vomitting even 2-3 days after. It waa terrible. But I spoke to the anaesthetist before my BMX and TEs and he changed the anaesthesia complety giving me total intravenous and avoiding the gases. And it worked like a dream. Ask about it. It was great.

The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune's spite; revive from ashes and rise. Dx 1/23/2017, DCIS, Right, Stage 0, 0/4 nodes, ER+ Surgery 2/20/2017 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Mar 14, 2018 12:05AM MinusTwo wrote:

SweetPea - I would say any surgery, since it's usually the anesthesia. Ask for the scop patch and also talk to the anesthesiologist before the surgery. They can change the mix of the gas if you have nausea before.

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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Mar 14, 2018 07:23PM AnnieTater wrote:

Hello all!

I just want to chime in and say that I have been following you all! My exchange won't be until late May/early June but I want to be prepared. I was so happy to see Dafne chime in - I was waiting to hear how it went for you!

I am so glad to hear that the exchange is easier and that Kim had such a positive experience.

I also got sick after the BMX and a tissue expander replacement due to infection. I'll be sure to let everyone know ahead of time for the exchange.

Thank you to all of you for sharing your experiences! It really does ease my mind - and I am sure many others who never post as well :)

Annie

Dx 6/2/2016, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 7/6/2016 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 8/12/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Chemotherapy 1/18/2017 Xeloda (capecitabine) Dx 12/19/2017, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 12/29/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy Breast
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Mar 15, 2018 02:07PM Dafne wrote:

Glad to see you all and read your news. In 5 days I ll be back to have thw external stitches removed. I do have ocassional sharp pains that seem to come from inside (dont really know how to explain it), but still the worse part is the pec muscle spasms and the iron bra feeling that seems to come and go and generally gets worse late in the evenings. Apart from that, I really have to remind myself not to overdo it. Its great that I feel so much better than after my bmx, but its so easy to do much more than you should. On the other hand, we moved into a new apartment just a couple of days before my exchange surgery, so we still have to open boxes and store things and do chores and all. I m trying to get it easy, but you get the picture. As days go by, I also noticed that one foob sits higher and seems bigger than the other. Its not really noticeable when I wear my clothes, but its there. Doesnt really surprise me though, cause one of my expanders got filled up to 700ccs and the other one up to 600(and then it started leaking), so I quess the result would be different. Too bad my PS did not think yo use two different sizes, and too bad I did not think about it either...

Dear cancer, thank you for making me stop and listen and remember what's really important. You can go now. Surgery 10/25/2016 Lumpectomy: Left, Right Dx 11/1/2016, DCIS/IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 11/1/2016, DCIS/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/28/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 5/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)

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