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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 Sep 24, 2018 07:43AM 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 (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)

9/25 - LInnyG - L mastectomy with TE and SNB

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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Jun 21, 2018 10:32AM Imkopy2 wrote:


I’m in the same boat you are...I had revision surgery April 25th to be exact. I wanted to love my initial results but I couldnt get there, so I went out to find a surgeon. Actually my search started as finding a ps who would do nip recon (I had rads), as I interviewed each prospect I also asked about fixing or tweaking what I had. After I found my new surgeon I left his office thinking I had a plan, it wasn’t until my pre op visit (2weeks before surgery) did I find out he decided he was starting from scratch. New implants scar release and FG (stage 1) & I can say I immediately noticed the difference. The day after surgery I was sore but much more comfortable then my first exchange even tho he went bigger and lowered my imf, I just felt better. Recovery seemed like nothing, 8 weeks out I’m so happy I decided not to settle for mediocre.

I know your journey has been long and you just want to move on but let’s face it, reconstruction is the final piece to our puzzle. I want those last pieces to fit like their supposed to not just come close, if that means finding a new surgeon then go for it. My first ps made me feel like I was on a need to know basis or like I didn’t know what I was talking about. My new surgeon doesn’t do anything unless he feels I understand completely what he’s going to do before he does it. Remember whoever you choose works for YOU... if he/ she isn’t listening to what you have to say or dismisses something you know can be done, politely excuse yourself. The ladies on BCO have the wisdom and knowledge of what can and can’t be done. I remember when I asked one surgeon about stem cells in FG improving the integrity of radiated tissue and he laughed and said oh that’s a good question and a great idea but that can’t be done. I thought hmm that’s funny because I just read a medical journal on that exact topic. Come to find out the more research I did I found out one of the surgeon said who conducted that very research became my new ps. Hugs hon and hang in there!

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 9/25/2017
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Jun 21, 2018 11:38AM Shoregirl wrote:

Good info Imkopy2! You are so right about the PS working for US! I feel it is critically important to be on the same page and to have a doctor that doesn't make you feel rushed or uncomfortable in any way! So glad to hear how thrilled you are since having your revision with the new PS!!

I am getting in the boat with you TrmTab. I too had to switch PS. The one that did my initial expanders and exchange refused to do nips and only minimal fat grafting. I was NOT going to settle for doing things HIS way. I found a wonderful female PS who was on board with what I wanted and had a great rapport with. She did a revision last Nov with another planned for June 14. It had to be cancelled due to a false alarm on my Stress Test. Once we got that figured out I got the bad news her office mgr decided to stop participating with my insurance. I now have an appt for a consult with a good friend of hers, another female PS over at Johns Hopkins. I see her July 5. Thankfully she has a satellite office over in Columbia, MD so this country gal doesn't have to drive in Baltimore! Hopefully the 3rd PS is the CHARM!!! Like you TT, I can't believe I am starting over either. It was a bit discouraging at first, but now that I have a new PS in the wings my spirits are back!! Being in VA you have a lot of great options I am sure. The one I sent you the link for (Dr. Rad) and Dr. Venturi mentioned by Leslienva would def be worth looking into. You too will feel better once you have someone you feel completely comfortable with. You deserve the very best!! Keep us posted!!


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 Surgery 4/25/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 11/29/2017 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery
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Jun 21, 2018 02:30PM TrmTab wrote:

I am between Richmond and Williamsburg, VA...so tried the best in Williamsburg...and now will start in Richmond. While I could do DC...it is a 3 - 5 hr trip depending on traffic. Really hoping for a female PS. TT

Dx 9/2015, DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Surgery 12/21/2015 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 1/11/2016 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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Jun 21, 2018 06:16PM Shoregirl wrote:

TT---ooh, yes 3-5 hours is quite a hike. I bet you will find her in Richmond! Dr Nadia Blanchet looks promising!!



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 Surgery 4/25/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 11/29/2017 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery
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Jul 6, 2018 01:13AM MinuteAtATime wrote:

I've been off the boards for a while, kind of wanting to forget about this whole thing. However, I really need revision surgery. I have tons of rippling, animation, and my right boob is dropping down and towards the right. So, I went to a new PS here at Kaiser who my friend used and loved, and who gets great reviews. He pretty much wants to start from scratch and is a strong advocate of pre-pectoral implants and in fact only does that. He says that it will require the use of alloderm which will get attached to my ribs or muscle (I can't remember which now) and that b/c of that, I will feel achey for a while (I think up to a month or more) after surgery. Also, he said recovery is 6 weeks, drains 1-2 weeks. Dang! With all that time and pain, I feel like I might as well get autologous surgery and forget the implants altogether. I asked him if fat grafting alone would solve my problems but he doesn't think they will, especially for the long term even if it's ok in the short run.

So, I'm a bit confused and frustrated. Has anyone here found that Fat Grafting fixed your rippling and animation? what about the dropping? (My right breast has dropped to below where my left breast is, and they are both lower than they used to be.) Am I crazy to think of getting autologous breast reconstruction at this point?

Dx 3/20/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/30/2017 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 4/30/2017 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Dx 5/4/2017, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, ER+/PR+ Surgery 5/21/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 6/14/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/2/2017 Reconstruction (left): Saline implant; Reconstruction (right): Saline implant
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Jul 6, 2018 01:23AM Lanne2389 wrote:

Hi Minute - you're not crazy to consider autologous surgery. I'm switching from tissue expanders to DIEP surgery - I can't stand the feeling of the expanders and have had too much nerve pain to think implants will solve it. If your insurance will cover it, it is a viable option. Check out the 2018 DIEP board - lots of ladies have just finished surgery and are sharing their experiences

Lanne

Lanne Dx 11/20/2016, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 3/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 1/3/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 6/14/2017 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy 8/8/2017 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 9/15/2017 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 7/17/2018 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Jul 6, 2018 01:26AM MinuteAtATime wrote:

Thank you Lanne! I will check it out.

Dx 3/20/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/30/2017 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 4/30/2017 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Dx 5/4/2017, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, ER+/PR+ Surgery 5/21/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 6/14/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/2/2017 Reconstruction (left): Saline implant; Reconstruction (right): Saline implant
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Jul 6, 2018 08:54AM TrmTab wrote:

Minute - I am 8 months post exchange and starting to look for a new PS for revision...what concerns me with your new Dr is he is simply offering you what he does which wasn't really what you were looking for. As I am in the looking process, if someone simply offers me what they do vs what I am looking for, that is my signal to make another appointment with someone else and keep looking. In my first round of this, I accepted a lot by the BS and PS as to what was best for me...but I have learned a lot in the nearly 3 years since this all started for me and I hope to be much more discerning the second time around.

Dx 9/2015, DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Surgery 12/21/2015 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 1/11/2016 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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Jul 6, 2018 10:43PM blessedinthismess wrote:

Hello ladies! I haven't had my exchange yet, and I don't even have a date, but I am thinking it might be in October. I have questions, and although I've tried to browse topics and posts, there are so many that I get overwhelmed trying to find the answers. They might be stupid questions, and this might not be the correct place to ask, but here goes...

I am getting to the end of my fills, and I know this is my ONE chance to get to the size that I'll be comfortable with. When you had your exchange, how do the implants compare in size with your expanders? I know the implants won't be hard, or sticking straight out like these lovely expanders do, but will the size be pretty close to what I am seeing now? Also, I held implants in my hands at my consultation before surgery, and I remember them feeling heavy. I assume they use the same amount/size implant as the saline that I am carrying now? I am getting the gummy implants. I'm afraid that I'll regret the size or have back trouble if I go too big, although I was a DD before surgery and never had back trouble. I don't necessarily want to be a DD, and would be happy with a healthy C, but I just don't want to wake up after surgery and be drastically smaller.

I plan to discuss these things with my PS when I go for a fill next week and I know he can answer some of these questions, but I would rather hear your experiences and know how things actually feel and look from your perspective. Thanks in advance and feel free to redirect me if necessary.

Dx 3/19/2018, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/7/2018 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Jul 6, 2018 11:37PM MinusTwo wrote:

Blessed - I'm sure others will come along to answer more of your questions, but here are a few of my thoughts.

I had Allergan 410s and have never regretted the cohesive silicone. Some people think they are heavier, but my natural breasts were always horribly heavy so I don't notice a problem. In addition, I wanted to go smaller as long as I had decent cleavage.

You're right, the implants will not have even the projection that the TEs do. Unfortunately talking about cup size or bra size is not relevant since each one of is different. How close they will look to the TEs depends on your surgeon, your chest size, your height, whether he uses alloderm, and a hundred other variables. You should go to Breast Implant 101, read the header, provide your stats as requeste, repeat your questions and ask Whippetmom for her recommendation.

https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/44/topics...


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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Jul 7, 2018 12:29PM robinblessed54 wrote:

Minute, what Kaiser do you go to? I had my Allergan 410 gummies done by Dr. Stephen West in Fontana. He is amazing. I was filled to 420 and have 475 FF. They are under muscle and no rippling or animation. I didn’t have drains and no need for fat grafting. I am 3 1/2 years out. I love them.

PM me if you wish. I was a B before and asked for the same outcome and if you were to be able to compare cup sizes they are perfect.

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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Jul 7, 2018 01:37PM MinuteAtATime wrote:

TrmTab: Thank you for your feedback--that's a good point. I did end up making an appointment for a 2nd opinion with another PS who is apparantly more conventional to see what she says.

Robinblessed: I'm in Northern, not Southern California--seeing docs in N.Cal. That's great that you had such a great outcome!

I also spoke with a physician's assistant this week who scheduled my 2nd opinion. She said that most subpectorals require 3 rounds of fat grafting and that 1 round generally doesn't fix the problem.

Anyone else here used a PS in Northern California Kaiser?

Thanks!


Dx 3/20/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/30/2017 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 4/30/2017 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Dx 5/4/2017, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, ER+/PR+ Surgery 5/21/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 6/14/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/2/2017 Reconstruction (left): Saline implant; Reconstruction (right): Saline implant
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Jul 7, 2018 04:47PM MinusTwo wrote:

Minute: WhippetMom keeps a list of surgeons around the country. You can post at the Breast Implant 101 thread - link that I posted three messages above. Or you can send her a PM.

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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Jul 10, 2018 12:23PM Rascalsmom wrote:

I had my exchange surgery this morning at Mercy Hospital Edmond Oklahoma. It was fast. They treat me so well. They all have good sense of humor and make it great. I'm wrapped for 3 days. I am drunk. Isn't that what you do on your birthday? I'll unwrap Friday morning. This old decrepit 66 year old biddy is very happy she chose reconstruction.

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Jul 11, 2018 09:13AM Shoregirl wrote:

Rascalmom your post made me smile. You seem like an adorable lady! I am glad everything went well. Happy Birthday!! Here is to a great outcome!!

Shoregirl

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 Surgery 4/25/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 11/29/2017 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery
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Jul 11, 2018 04:57PM Rascalsmom wrote:

I had exchange yesterday. I'm bandaged and wrapped in an ace bandage. I just readjusted the wrap as it was wrinkled up and uncomfortable so I peeked under the wraps. I'm suppose to leave them on until Friday then put a "soft bra" on. First, I look so flat. I got 440 cc implants. And second, I don't own a bra....will have to go buy some tomorrow. Don't have a clue of what to get.

Any advice will be appreciated.

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Jul 11, 2018 04:59PM Rascalsmom wrote:

I need to add, implants are high profile. My rib cage is 33"

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Jul 11, 2018 06:36PM MinusTwo wrote:

Rascal - don't spend a lot of money on bras yet. It will take 3-6 months before you can see what your implants will really look like. In the mean time, check with your PS to see what he will allow. Some say no underwire, some say only underwire. I bought Danskin & Fruit of the Loom bras at WalMart to get me through the first 6 weeks. Then get professionally measured, since 90% of us were wearing the wrong size already, and implants don't translate very well to traditional bra sizes.

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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Jul 11, 2018 06:43PM DebAL wrote:

Hi everyone, just thought I would ask on this thread too..Will I be ok for a beach vacation 7 weeks after exchange and fat grafting? No plans to get in the water if any doubt about healing. My surgery date got changed and is closer to vacation than I planned. Thank you for any advice!







Dx 1/22/2018, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 2/12/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 2/12/2018 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 4/2/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 6/14/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/9/2018 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant
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Jul 11, 2018 06:45PM MinusTwo wrote:

Deb - I'd ask your doctor. He/she may not want you in the heat. Otherwise I was healed enough to make a trip.

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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Jul 11, 2018 07:11PM DebAL wrote:

Thanks minus two, it's not too terribly hot there and I will use common sense. PS knows I'm going. Assuming most bruising that can be seen anyway, will be healed. Good to know you were healed enough. Appreciate the response!

Dx 1/22/2018, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 2/12/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 2/12/2018 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 4/2/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 6/14/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/9/2018 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant
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Jul 11, 2018 11:04PM Mominator wrote:

Rascalsmom and DebAL please ask your doctor about what to wear or not wear for bras. I had a lot of swelling post exchange, so my PS just wanted me in the soft surgical bra for about 10 days. 

Mominator, BRCA2+, STK-11 VUS, wife, mom to 3 children of various special needs, musician, volunteer. My Mom dx DCIS age 62, ILC stage IIIA age 79; Mom just passed 2/28/18. My Grandmother died of ovarian cancer age 48. Friend to Lori M, died 5/25/16. Surgery 11/11/2015 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 1/18/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 6/30/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant
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Jul 11, 2018 11:58PM Rascalsmom wrote:

PS just said soft bra and nothing else. Of course I was at that point mildly under the influence of pharmaceutical potions. I will get to walmart tomorrow and see if they have something before I try jcpenney and kohls.

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Jul 12, 2018 12:50AM - edited Jul 12, 2018 01:10AM by MinuteAtATime

I agree about asking your surgeon--call them and bug them. I used a zip up (made for post surgery) camisole, and then switched to zip front sports bras.

https://www.target.com/s/zip+front+sports+bra


Dx 3/20/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/30/2017 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 4/30/2017 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Dx 5/4/2017, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, ER+/PR+ Surgery 5/21/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 6/14/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/2/2017 Reconstruction (left): Saline implant; Reconstruction (right): Saline implant
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Jul 12, 2018 09:28AM MinusTwo wrote:

It really is important to bug your doc about what they want YOU to use. Each of us is different and all of our surgeries are different. For general recommendations, below is the "bra" thread. It's not very active but had some great ideas.

https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/44/topics...

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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Jul 13, 2018 09:32AM DebAL wrote:

Thank you everyone, I'm just ready to get this done. My expanders have been full since before chemo..got my last one in 2 days before I started as he wouldn't fill during. They really haven't bothered me too much until lately. Not sure if it's the heat or what. Just seem to notice them more now. I appreciate all the advice!

Dx 1/22/2018, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 2/12/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 2/12/2018 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 4/2/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 6/14/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/9/2018 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant
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Jul 13, 2018 04:11PM Maggie2 wrote:

DebAl, I am 2 weeks PFC, also with expanders that the PS filled right before chemo started. I have also noticed that they are now bothering me more.  I was thinking that maybe it's because I'm now more focused on them and waiting for the exchange surgery on August 15, rather than focused on the side effects of chemo. When is your surgery? 

Dx 11/8/2017, DCIS, Left, 6cm+, Stage 0, ER+/PR+ Surgery 1/29/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 1/30/2018, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 4/25/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 8/14/2018 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant
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Jul 13, 2018 08:35PM DebAL wrote:

Hi Maggie! I can't believe we haven't " met" before on another thread given our similar timelines but maybe we have and I forgot. A friend mentioned what you said..maybe I'm focusing on it more now since chemo is over. I did really well with chemo and didn't have any side effects to deal with but maybe that is the case. I feel since my last TC on 6/2 I'm retaining a little more fluid everywhere..not terrible.. in the chest area too so I thought it was that. My exchange is August 9th so we can go through it together! I was schedule for July 18th but that was just at the 6 week mark from my last chemo. PS would have done it but said if it's no hardship on my end to wait a few weeks he would prefer to postpone. Did you do ok with chemo? My hair is growing back but I will still look like my dad for awhile. Hope you are doing well!

Dx 1/22/2018, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 2/12/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 2/12/2018 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 4/2/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 6/14/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/9/2018 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant
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Jul 13, 2018 08:47PM star2017 wrote:

debAL, I also look like my dad these days. 16 weeks pfc. so funny

Dx in 2017@37, pregnant, BRCA2+
IDC&DCIS rt breast, IIIA, gr 3, ER/PR+, Her2-
Surgery1: Single mx w/ TE, 8cm tumor, 4/8 +nodes
Chemo: Dose-dense AC+Taxol
Surgery2: Rt implant, left prophylactic mx with TE
6 wks Radiation
Tamoxifen
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Jul 13, 2018 10:30PM Maggie2 wrote:

DebAl, I posted a few questions on the April Chemo site and really appreciated all the helpful tips that were offered.  It is a great group.  After the first infusion, the MO tweaked some of my RX for side effects and that helped a lot for the subsequent rounds.  I still get very tired by late afternoon, but I'm doing well.  I'm also noticing water retention.  That would certainly account for the more bothersome expanders. As for hair, I did the Penguin Cold Caps.  Unfortunately, I didn't see the success that so many experienced.  But, I still have hair, though extremely thin. 

 I was a bit concerned about having the exchange surgery too soon post chemo, but my BS, MO, and PS all agree that 7 weeks between is fine. My surgery is scheduled as outpatient.  Is this typical? 

Dx 11/8/2017, DCIS, Left, 6cm+, Stage 0, ER+/PR+ Surgery 1/29/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 1/30/2018, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 4/25/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 8/14/2018 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant

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