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Topic: Sunken Tissue expander Help!

Forum: Surgery - Before, During, and After — Surgical options and helpful tips for recovery and side effects.

Posted on: Aug 24, 2020 07:45PM

StartNew12212 wrote:

I am almost 2 weeks post double mx. I had tissue expanders placed. I get my first fill tomorrow. A couple of days ago both breasts seemed to have deflated a bit. They seem quite sunken in. If I raise my back they seem to fill up again, but I’m a little concerned. I’ve only just started gently touching them and they feel pretty hollow. Is this all normal or is something wrong?

Dx 6/2020, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 8/12/2020 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 9/30/2020 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes
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Aug 24, 2020 08:00PM MinusTwo wrote:

Start - don't poke !!! They fill the TEs slowly so there are of course lots of hollow spaces now. Or at least you hope they fill the TEs slowly enough that you don't have pain with stretching too fast.

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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Aug 24, 2020 08:12PM StartNew12212 wrote:

minustwo, no poking! Got it! :)

Dx 6/2020, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 8/12/2020 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 9/30/2020 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes
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Aug 24, 2020 08:22PM MinusTwo wrote:

And after your first fill if you are really sore, you have two options. Stick it out, take some tylanol and tell them to put less volume the next time. Or they can actually remove some of the saline if it's horrible. I went with slow and steady instead of the large volumes the PS usually used. Good luck tomorrow.

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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Aug 24, 2020 09:03PM StartNew12212 wrote:

Thank you! I appreciate your help. :)

Dx 6/2020, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 8/12/2020 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 9/30/2020 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes
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Aug 26, 2020 07:08PM Lovemyyorkies wrote:

Hi all. Had my left mastectomy on August 4 with TE placement. Had a small non healing area lower incision. I am scheduled for first chemo Monday and first fill Thursday. My question is how long does the tenderness last along upper TE? Not really painful but tender to touch. Thanks

Dx 4/25/2018, DCIS/IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 5/25/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 6/16/2018 Multi-catheter: Breast Surgery 6/18/2020 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Dx 6/19/2020, DCIS/IBC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (DUAL) Targeted Therapy 9/1/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 9/1/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel)

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