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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 Feb 17, 2020 09:36AM 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

2019:

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)

2020:

April 2020 - SuBreez88 - Exchange maybe in April.

April 16, 2020 - 08172016 - 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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Sep 15, 2020 05:36PM - edited Sep 15, 2020 05:37PM by LiveLoveLaugh2020

Pretty sore and painful, lots of bruising but nothing like MX. I would do it again. Just need to get some fat on me lol

DCIS Dx @ 34 - Bil NSM 09/2019 - Bil implant exchange with FG 01/2020.
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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.

Dx 2/3/2020, DCIS, Left, 3cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes Surgery 6/10/2020 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 6/22/2020, LCIS, Right, 0/4 nodes Surgery 10/7/2020 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Sep 27, 2020 06:56PM Emily12 wrote:

Has anyone felt worse after the exchange from TE to implants under the muscle? I read on another board about someone who had gone from normal physical activity with the TE to barely having any strength after the exchange with UTM implants

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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.

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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Oct 1, 2020 02:45AM - edited Oct 1, 2020 02:51AM by MikaMika

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Dx 8/2019, ILC, Stage IIA, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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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.

Dx 3/2003, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/2 nodes, ER+, HER2- Surgery 4/9/2003 Lumpectomy Radiation Therapy 6/10/2003 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 8/8/2003 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 4/25/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 5/22/2018 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 6/25/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 11/7/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 1/2/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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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.

Dx 2/3/2020, DCIS, Left, 3cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes Surgery 6/10/2020 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 6/22/2020, LCIS, Right, 0/4 nodes Surgery 10/7/2020 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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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?

Thank you.

Dx 8/2019, ILC, Stage IIA, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 19, 2020 11:30AM MCBaker wrote:

Get an OT referral from your PCP.


Mary Dx 10/3/2018, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Dx 11/16/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 11/16/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Targeted Therapy 12/19/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/19/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 6/28/2019 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Saline implant
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Oct 19, 2020 12:50PM - edited Oct 19, 2020 12:57PM by MikaMika

Hello,

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.

Dx 8/2019, ILC, Stage IIA, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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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.

Mary Dx 10/3/2018, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Dx 11/16/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 11/16/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Targeted Therapy 12/19/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/19/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 6/28/2019 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Saline implant
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Oct 19, 2020 04:08PM MikaMika wrote:

Thanks again for your help! I will try to find which invasive procedures can help me with this problem.

Dx 8/2019, ILC, Stage IIA, ER+/PR+, HER2-

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