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Oct 10, 2012 05:59PM
Oct 10, 2012 06:05PM
In my case, I have had overwhelming pain RELIEF from removal of my implants. They were a nightmare from the get-go. I've had 5 surgeries and my 6th in December should be the last.
I found pain relief and success FINALLY from a microsurgeon (Dr. Kline-Charleston, SC). When I went to him I was already missing my cancer side implant that had failed and made it's own exit through my skin and had to be removed urgently in my city.
I chose to have bilateral SGAP natural breast reconstruction (Surgery #5). Dr. Kline worked for several hours first meticulously removing all the implant (and prior plastic surgeons) torture I lived with for a year. I had radiation damage, craters of scar tissue and chunks of AlloDerm adhered to my chest that took a lot of work as well as repair of pec muscles and my axilla. After that, he continued with my natural breast reconstruction, which was very successful.
The next morning when he came to visit me bedside, I couldn't help but have a huge smile. Oddly, I was definitely in surgery pain, but I was smiling because I could already tell that my pain from breast implant torture was gone. And it still is gone after 10 weeks post op.
The only pain I still have is my axilla pain from the severe, refractory axillary cording that I developed as a result of my lymph nodes being removed during initial surgery last year. I also have lymphedema. At my next surgery (Stage 2 SGAP), the contouring of my breasts will be done, fat grafting, addressing the cording issue, and then lymph node transfer to help with LE relief.
There should not be any problem from an insurance standpoint. (BTW-Dr. Kline takes most insurance) http://www.naturalbreastreconstruction.com/kline.aspx
All the best to you and all BC patients suffering from this implant reconstruction-turned bad ordeal. Please stay strong and don't give up seeking help for a better quality of life and relief from pain.
7-6-2011=BMX+ALND+ImmRecon w/direct implants,IDC=Multi-focal(2)+DCIS=2, 28 rads+5 boost,post mx pain,chest wall LE,severe axilla cording excised at revision surg. 4/27/12=failed . 6-1-12: surgery-remove implant from split incision/implant extrusion
6/3/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 1, 2/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-