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Topic: DMX with expanders information anything helpful

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

Posted on: Sep 16, 2021 12:06PM - edited Sep 16, 2021 12:06PM by LoverofJesus

LoverofJesus wrote:

Hello everyone I'm going to be having surgery DMX with expanders, in about 6 weeks.

What do I need to know from people that have actually had it. I know a lot of things as I have talked with my surgeons. And my mother has had a mastectomy. But is there anything I need to know about what I can do to get tubes out faster? Or what kind of help I will or won't need. I know everyone is different. And pain is different for everyone. I have talked with people that has a lot of pain and people that has very little. Whatever information you all can give that will be helpful I appreciate!

Thank you all!! Praying for everyone going through this

Dx 5/22/2021, ILC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 6/16/2021 AC + T (Taxol)
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Sep 16, 2021 01:19PM exbrnxgrl wrote:

Have you checked out the threads on the Reconstruction forum? I think you’ll find a lot of valuable info there!

https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/44

I did not have TE’s but went straight to my permanent implants. The drains are, for most, simply an annoyance because you have to “care” for them. I don’t know that there is any trick to having them removed faster as they do have a job to do, so you want to make sure they get that job done. I do remember that too much physical activity tended to increase the drain output but you certainly don’t want to be sedentary either. Each of us is different and you don’t want to rush your healing. Take care.

Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur Dx 7/8/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 11/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/21/2011 Bone Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2014 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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Sep 16, 2021 08:37PM MinusTwo wrote:

Take a look at this surgery threat. Lots of good tips.

https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/91/topics/699896?page=38#idx_1119

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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