Topic: Ruptured Implant

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: Mar 1, 2016 05:55PM - edited Apr 1, 2016 06:26AM by moderators

Posted on: Mar 1, 2016 05:55PM - edited Apr 1, 2016 06:26AM by moderators

donnadio wrote:

Hello All!

It has been awhile since being here. Had BC back in 2008 and had surgery and BIL/MX and immediate reconstruction in1-2009 .Opted for silicone implants as at that time did not have enough to do anything else from tummy etc. Was very thin and with a leaky gut to add to the equation !!! I had a recent MRI as it never was done since surgery and have a intracapsular rupture on right breast. It does not appear on the outside and do not think there is any leakage since it stated intracapsular?! I have to see a surgeon here and will once I get more informed if possible. I moved from IL to here in Tucson, and do not have a good handle of doctors and care here as I did in IL!!

Anyone have a ruptured implant or issues since their surgery and what you opted to do?!

Thank you in advance as I know this forum has the best info and still recommend it to those who are recently diagnosed. I never would of gotten through my BC journey without this forum. Most of which I am still in touch with today! Such a gift!

Donna

Tucson,AZ

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Donna Life isn't about waitng for the storm to pass, It's about learning to dance in the rain. Dx 11/22/2008, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/17 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 1/21/2009 Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left); Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction (Left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (Right): Nipple reconstruction Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Oct 26, 2016 04:04AM Bellz wrote:

I do have silicone. I have printed out the warranty information :) Yay for that. I am going to have both sides done. I'm going to make sure we do both side...otherwise they might turn out different. Not excited but at least I know that pain is not cancer!!


Bellz Dx 5/21/2009, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Oct 26, 2016 12:46PM bikefam wrote:

Bellz, Hopefully everything goes well for you. A bump in the road of bc that never really ends. Good luck.

Dx 3/2015, DCIS, Right, 3cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, ER+/PR+ Surgery 3/2/2015 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Right) Surgery 3/16/2015 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Right) Surgery 3/23/2015 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Right) Surgery 9/1/2015 Reconstruction (Right): Tissue Expander Surgery 10/16/2015 Reconstruction (Right): Tissue Expander Surgery 12/8/2015 Reconstruction (Right): Silicone implant Surgery 5/2/2016 Reconstruction (Right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Oct 27, 2016 11:30AM donnadio wrote:

All the best to you and Bellz. I will say that the replacement surgery for me has been a struggle in healing. OF all things, i have a burning thigh issue and started after my surgery, Then with the implant infection and one having to come out I just am having a hard time recovering and just do not get it. I do hope all goes well for this is a journey that keeps on going!!! Keep posting and here for you!

Donna

Donna Life isn't about waitng for the storm to pass, It's about learning to dance in the rain. Dx 11/22/2008, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/17 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 1/21/2009 Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left); Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction (Left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (Right): Nipple reconstruction Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Nov 13, 2016 01:56AM Bellz wrote:

Donna your process sounds like my original one. I somehow contracted an infection after the tissue expanders were in place. I was scheduled for my permanent implants but that got delayed. I was in the hospital for about 5 days on iv antibiotics. I see a plastic surgeon friday at 3pm. My old one moved away so this will be someone new. I am fine with that as I wasn't totally satisfied with some of the scars left by the plastic surgeon. I thought since they did plastic surgery unlike a general surgeon there sutures and scars would be less visible. Today I must have overdone it as my pain is pretty intense and the bulge on the ruptured implant is more pronounced. So thankful for this site!!


Bellz Dx 5/21/2009, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Nov 13, 2016 05:22PM donnadio wrote:

So sorry Beliz! It is such a journey that keeps on going. I do think that the infection did something to me as I am not bouncing back to my usual self at full throttle and going to PT for a leg nerve issue that for some reason occured right after my surgery of implants going in? Yes, you can overdo it and just rest as you have been through alot and having a infection to boot!Wish I knew how truly long it takes to heal from a surgery as no one really can answer that. My implant out has tissue still healing and not rushing to do it until after January for another try. Please keep me posted. I would imagine you are still on some antibiotic though since hospital visit? Keep strong!!!

Donna

Donna Life isn't about waitng for the storm to pass, It's about learning to dance in the rain. Dx 11/22/2008, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/17 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 1/21/2009 Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left); Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction (Left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (Right): Nipple reconstruction Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Apr 2, 2022 02:55PM 1965sally wrote:

Hi everyone. I haven't been on this forum in almost 10 years! So glad it's still here and as helpful as ever. I had a unilateral mastectomy and delayed reconstruction. I just learned through MRI that my 11-year-old silicone implant has ruptured. I am trying to decide whether to replace it with saline or with silicone again. I had thought that maybe if I did saline, I would be able to leave it in longer and possibly avoid more surgery (I'm 56 years old), but from what I've been reading that doesn't seem to be the case. It sounds like a saline implant still has about the same lifespan and would still need replacing even if it deflates. I'm not terribly concerned about aesthetics, just trying to save money and surgery. I've had enough surgery!

Any perspectives or advice on this?

Mastectomy and reduction 4-30-08; unilateral lat flap + TE for recon 11-17-10 Dx 12/20/2007, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+
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Apr 2, 2022 03:22PM donnadio wrote:

Hi Sally!

I went through this decision a few years back as I had a leakage in one of my implants after eleven years.My initial surgery was reconstructive back in 2009! I did not know the life span on implants at that time but the physical aspect of it all was very impt to me as I had a bilateral MX.

My implant leakage was found during a MRI because of a lung module about 3 years ago and had them replaced with saline as origianlly were silicone. I had an infection with this surgery with one and hesitated for two year to replace it!!! I finally had the other one removed about a year and a half ago and use prothesis in bra as I am older than you and just tired of going around this issue and physically feel better without them.

My decision was based on not sure if implants were good to have in my body as i have a low immune system. I do not want more surgeries and just feel fine with my prothesis and look ok with my look!

It is truly your own decision and this is just my perspective. I am 65 and kind of feeling my body and my freedom to be! Back then, it was a emotional time and did not think through on it all long term! Hope this helps

Donna

Donna Life isn't about waitng for the storm to pass, It's about learning to dance in the rain. Dx 11/22/2008, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/17 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 1/21/2009 Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left); Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction (Left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (Right): Nipple reconstruction Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Apr 4, 2022 05:54AM 1965sally wrote:

Thanks, Donna!

Mastectomy and reduction 4-30-08; unilateral lat flap + TE for recon 11-17-10 Dx 12/20/2007, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+

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