Posted on: Jan 30, 2009 07:41PM - edited Feb 17, 2020 09:36AM by Mykidsmom
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
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1/3/2019 - Crossh - Exchange Surgery (completed)
3/25 - Allebasi - Exchange Surgery left side and a lift and small implant on right side for symmetry (completed)
April 2020 - SuBreez88 - Exchange maybe in April.
April 16, 2020 - 08172016 - Exchange Surgery
AnnieAlso - Revision Sister in Waiting!
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Sep 16, 2020 05:17PM LaVue wrote:
VegGal, surprisingly fast is 2 days...7 days ____ days?
My exchange surgery is on October 7th. The plastic surgeon told me I can go back to work a week after the surgery. I will not have dreams.
Sep 27, 2020 09:45PM MinusTwo wrote:
Emily - I'm sure since our bodies are all different that some people feel worse. I couldn't do much with the TEs since they hurt all the time for 6 months before exchange. I'm not sure when you had your exchange. Remember it takes awhile for everything too settle AFTER the internal stitches heal. Most people seem to say 6-8 months.
Oct 8, 2020 11:57AM - edited Oct 8, 2020 11:58AM by HikingLady
InfusionConfusion You asked your question about discomfort on the radiated side a whole month ago, and I am just now looking at this thread.
My previously radiated side has never played nice with anything. It took a LONG time to heal after the BMX, it took a long time to feel okay after exchange, and that side did NOT want to stretch much during TE months.
I am, overall, Pretty Comfortable---I'm now 1.5 years past the exchange surgery. Maybe 5 months after the Exchange surgery, I felt pretty much okay. I think that what you describe sounds a bit like some of that 'nerves waking up' and sending those zings. If you have ongoing serious pain, absolutely talk to your PS.
Even though healing is completed, I have little zings in my ribcage sometimes--months go by, and one occurs again, so it's infrequent. I feel bits of cramping, certainly where the stitches that connect the 'pocket' to my pecs probably pull, when I fold myself into certain positions. So, I sleep cradling a pillow, lying on my side. It makes me be thoughtful about reaching across my chest to the opposite side quickly. These are not horrible handicaps, but I must say that my torso doesn't feel the least bit like my original one. However, I'm used to it all at this point, and on the whole, am glad I did reconstruction.
I can do normal things. I can do Plank position. I went kayaking yesterday. My previously-radiated side feels tight. The implant isn't completely comfortable, because the pecs are scarred, and they are just more rigid. However, this is okay. I can live with it. I'm comfortable in a bra that's fitted well to me. My previously-radiated side is a cup size smaller. That's because stretching over the TE just only went so far on that side, so I stopped at B cups, and they're petite but just fine.
Oct 8, 2020 12:08PM LaVue wrote:
Had my exchange yesterday. My implants feel fine. The only pain I have is from the fat grafting . I'm hoping that'll go away soon enough.
Oct 18, 2020 11:11PM - edited Oct 19, 2020 01:34AM by MikaMika
I had my exchange surgery 3 weeks ago. Don't like the result completely. I am fine to wait 3 months for the final transformation as PS suggested. But I am not fine with tight lateral sutures. Especially one suture near my right armpit bothers me. I am right handed and have issues with basic activities.
With TEs I didn't have this problem. My armpit is very tight now and has different shape than I had before.
Did anyone else got tight sutures? How did you manage this issue?
Oct 19, 2020 11:30AM MCBaker wrote:
Get an OT referral from your PCP.
Oct 19, 2020 12:50PM - edited Oct 19, 2020 12:57PM by MikaMika
Thank you so much for your response.
I would like to correct a tight suture, not to adjust to it. I'm relatively young (39 y.o.) and active. I can't imagine changing my lifestyle because of the one tight suture.
Oct 19, 2020 02:41PM MCBaker wrote:
Yes, but those sutures gradually dissolve into the body, so it is a temporary problem. If tissues heal improperly due to misplaced sutures, the least invasive procedure would be exercises to stretch those tissues.