Topic: Exchange City

Forum: Breast Reconstruction — Talk with others facing decisions about whether or not to have breast reconstruction, and if so, what type and when.

Posted on: Jan 30, 2009 07:41PM - edited Feb 17, 2020 09:36AM by mykidsmom

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

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Mentor ultra high profile implants:



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!

Prophylactic Bilateral Mastectomy w/ Tissue Expanders - 12/08 Exchange 04/09 Dx 8/25/2008, LCIS, Stage 0
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Mar 13, 2022 01:57AM maryjogee wrote:

Hi all, I have a fat grafting question. My PS is now saying he would like to do a layer over my implants; I am intrigued by the idea, especially smoothing out the “ripple effect”. Does the lipo increase your breast size significantly? Im already a bit bigger than I had wanted to be, and don’t want to be any bigger. Thanks

Dx 8/2017, LCIS, Both breasts, 1cm Dx 8/2020, LCIS, Right, 1cm Surgery 4/13/2021 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Mastectomy (Right) Surgery
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Mar 13, 2022 09:14AM specialk wrote:

trmtab - I totally get the celebration of a year with no surgery! I had gone longer than that and was out of practice with this last one, lol! Glad you're doing well and got those textured implants out.

maryjogee - I have had a number of rounds of fat grafting at different times for different reasons. At no point did I feel like the fat grafting added any size, rather it smoothed and made things look more natural and softer. The only aesthetic one I had done, the first one, deposited fat above the implants in the step off and hollows so they looked less shelf like after my very thorough mastectomy surgery. Do be sure to communicate to your PS that you don't want to add any additional size. In many surgeries of this type the doc doesn't remove/graft a great deal of fat because that can cause suspicion by the insurance company that the procedure is cosmetic rather than a breast reconstruction revision.

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 16 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 2013-2018. Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+, IHC
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May 12, 2022 10:37PM mtspacekace wrote:

I had a skin sparing, nipple removing dmx December 2020, after chemo and had expanders immediately placed…I had radiation and finished a year of kadcyla. I chose to not have exchange surgery until I was finished with kadcyla…which I have been since November, but I have a busy active job on a ranch and wanted to wait until most of my cow babies were born before I had another surgery. I go in 2 weeks for my exchange surgery…I’m excited to get my real boobs…but I’m wondering how recovery is…am I going to need to get out my body pillows and mastectomy pillows. I have a 2 hour car ride home after surgery…. How long till I can golf again??? My ps just said, meh…there’s not much recovery time… what does that mean??!!! Is it going to be a piece of cake? I don’t do well under anesthesia, and got sick when I had the dmx…port surgery I was fine tho. What should I expect?

Diagnosed at 38. Dog mom. Wife. Rancher turned warrior, currently busy kicking cancers ass. Dx 6/3/2020, IDC, Left, 2cm, ER-/PR-, HER2+, IHC Dx 6/3/2020, IDC, Left, 2cm, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+, FISHISHCISH Chemotherapy 7/7/2020 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 7/7/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 7/7/2020 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery 12/16/2020 Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left); Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander; Reconstruction (Right): Tissue Expander
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May 12, 2022 10:56PM minustwo wrote:

Talk to the anesthesiologist ahead of time. They changed the anesthesia for me to something more mild. I also used a 'scope' patch and that prevented any nausea/vomiting etc.

You should not expect to be golfing right away. This is still a major surgery and there will be lot of interior stitches that you don't want to pop. You will likely still get instructions not to lift more than 1/2 gallon. Things you need should be moved down from higher cupboards. I could not sleep on my side for awhile so yes the pillows - but after 6 months with expanders I had finally learned to sleep on my back. I would suggest a pillow in the car so the seat belt doesn't push/rub on your new foobs. Of course you won't drive right away. My PS didn't want to take the chance in case I was in an accident and ruined all his good work.

All that said - yes it is easier then the BMX - but still not a "piece of cake"

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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May 13, 2022 02:40PM trmtab wrote:

Agree with all that Minustwo said...I also had exchange away from my home hospital. I stayed at a hotel in the other town for a couple of nights. The surgery is outpatient, but the Dr wanted to see me the next day and again at 48/72 hrs...driving back and forth and back, etc. was too much so I stayed local a couple of days...

Dx 9/2015, DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+

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