Topic: Reconstruction

Forum: IDC (Invasive Ductal Carcinoma) — Just diagnosed, in treatment, or finished treatment for IDC.

Posted on: Feb 9, 2022 01:48PM

Posted on: Feb 9, 2022 01:48PM

Roostertail2 wrote:

I will have my left breast removed this month. Has anyone done the reconstruction the same time after the removal? and haw was it

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Feb 9, 2022 02:13PM moderators wrote:

Dear Roostertail2,

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Feb 9, 2022 02:23PM serendipity09 wrote:

Roostertail2 - So sorry you have found yourself here, but you've come to the right place.

I had both breast removed with immediate reconstruction with expanders and then switched out to implants 10 months later.

I honestly thought the surgery was going to much worse. I didn't need to use any pain meds after leaving the hospital and was able to get away with just Tylenol. The most annoying part for me were the drains, I had five, three of which were removed four days later surgery and one removed a week after that. I had one I was stuck with for about five weeks.

I hope things go smoothly for you!

"You can't wait until life isn't hard anymore, before you decide to be happy" - Nightbirde Dx IDC, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Feb 9, 2022 02:41PM debal wrote:

hi rooster, I also had expanders with implant exchange 6 months later. Others have done direct to implant. Not sure if that's what you meant but I'm sure you will get some replies on that specific surgery too. Sorry you need to be here but you will find much support. Take care

Dx 1/22/2018, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 2/12/2018 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Mastectomy (Right) Surgery 2/12/2018 Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander; Reconstruction (Right): Tissue Expander Chemotherapy 4/2/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 6/14/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/9/2018 Reconstruction (Left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (Right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 12/20/2018 Reconstruction (Left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (Right): Fat grafting Surgery
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Feb 9, 2022 07:30PM nns121317 wrote:

I had a bilateral mastectomy with direct to implant reconstruction. The recovery was fine - no need for heavy pain meds, and I had two drains. I had a leg injury at the time of surgery that caused me to be nonweightbearing for five weeks after surgery, and that was far more painful. The only challenge is that after surgery, pathology found cancer in one of my nodes, so now I'm looking at doing radiation with implants, which isn't really ideal. Also, I'll need at least one more surgery for fat grafting to make my chest look more normal, plus correct any issues from the radiation.

Surgery 10/1/2021 Lymph node removal (Left): Sentinel; Mastectomy (Left): Skin Sparing; Mastectomy (Right): Skin Sparing; Reconstruction (Left): Silicone implant, Silicone textured implant; Reconstruction (Right): Silicone implant, Silicone textured implant Chemotherapy 11/19/2021 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 5/9/2022 Whole breast: Chest wall, Lymph nodes, Left breast Surgery 6/1/2022 Hormonal Therapy 6/1/2022 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Feb 9, 2022 09:08PM serendipity09 wrote:

NNS121317- same happened to me, it ws determined during BMX that a lymph node was positive. At the time radiation was not "recommended." Four days after my exchange to implant surgery I was diagnosed with a recurrence and had to have 25 sessions of radiation. Luckily there was no damage to the implant. The only thing I've noticed is that the skin on the radiated breast is tighter and the scar is pretty much gone.

Hope everything goes well for you during rads!

"You can't wait until life isn't hard anymore, before you decide to be happy" - Nightbirde Dx IDC, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Feb 14, 2022 09:42PM Roostertail2 wrote:

Thanks so much for all the good information. Hope things go well for you

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Feb 14, 2022 09:43PM Roostertail2 wrote:

Thanks for taking the time out to help me

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Feb 14, 2022 09:43PM Roostertail2 wrote:

Thanks so much. Hope all is well for you

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Feb 14, 2022 09:45PM Roostertail2 wrote:

Thanks so much for all your help. I wish nothing but the best for you.

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Feb 14, 2022 10:26PM rrobin0200 wrote:

As someone else has mentioned, the drains are the nuisance. Once the drains were out, I felt like healing went pretty fast. I ha direct implant reconstruction immediately after my bilateral mastectomy and was on pain meds for the first 24-48 hours, but after that, only Tylenol was needed.

Make sure to rest! Your body needs the time to heal.

I wish nothing but the best for you.

Dx 3/6/2017, DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 3/31/2017 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Prophylactic mastectomy; Prophylactic mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction (Left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (Right): Silicone implant

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