Experiences with Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

One of the options for breast reconstruction after a mastectomy is to have an implant procedure. An implant procedure is where an implant (most commonly a saline-filled implant) replaces the removed tissue. A saline-filled implant is a silicone shell filled with salt water. Another option is a silicone gel-filled implant. Implant procedures can be done at the same time as the mastectomy (one-stage immediate breast reconstruction), months later after using a tissue expander (two-stage reconstruction), and after radiation is given (delayed-immediate reconstruction). Important things to consider about implants are that they do not last a lifetime, they may break or cause infection, the breast may eventually lose its shape, routine mammograms will be more difficult, and breast implants may affect your ability to breast feed.

There are an endless amount of questions asked by WhatNexter’s about breast reconstruction and which options are right for them. Decisions after undergoing breast cancer treatment, a lumpectomy, or a mastectomy are very difficult. Most women anticipate what the recovery will be like and what kind of reconstruction they should choose. Read the questions, experiences, and comments of women who have already made these decisions and gain firsthand insights that could relate to your own questions.

  1. 3 months ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had my reconstruction done yesterday. They also removed my port. I have pain from the port area but none from the breast. They hav...

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    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
    0 Comments
    • Denisehero
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrat...
    6 months ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I am 2 weeks out from surgery. Talk about pain afterwards. Finally the right side swelling is starting to come down - still can't ...

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    2 Comments
    • akwendi
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    6 months ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    Exchange of expanders for implants was so much easier than having the expanders!

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
    • Sheryl88
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltratin...
    8 months ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had my exchange surgery on 12/13. No more expanders!!

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    1 Comment
    • judys3cats
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Bre...
    10 months ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had my 'swap' surgery on 9/13/17 where the tissue expanders where exchanged for tear-drop shaped implants. The only complication ...

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    3 Comments
    • Sandy
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    11 months ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I decided to have a Latissimus Dorsi Flap procedure. This was a very long and hard recovery.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Aunti
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    11 months ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    This is about family. What can I say to comfort her? She had r breast removed and implant 2 weeks ago then yesterday they took it ou...

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Tomatogirl
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrat...
    about 1 year ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    My left breast tissue expander ruptured (most likely due to radiation), so my surgeon suggested we place the implant in. Luckily thi...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • akwendi
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    about 1 year ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    The expanders have been more painful than anticipated. I had previously had a breast lift so thought the recovery would be similar,...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
  2. about 1 year ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    Implant feels comfortable but i can't do simple every day stuff like opening a jar or a bottle... lifting a thing in which you put s...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    1 Comment
    • Tamrarose
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrati...
    over 1 year ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had one of my expanders reject due to an infection. It had to be removed.

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    1 Comment
    • Aylor
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) ...
    over 1 year ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had reconstructive surgery done and a month later had a lung biopsy on same side no agree on questions above. My left breast is w...

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
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