• body rejects expanders

    Asked by jgoat01 on Sunday, April 27, 2014

    body rejects expanders

    Has anyone had their body reject the expanders? Ive recently had reconstructive surgery w expanders placed and my body has rejected them causing a bad infection twice resulting in me taking them out and 2 unnecessary surgeries. I was wondering if anyone has dealt w this and how their experience was. Mine was horrible! Worse than chemo and radiation! However I am alive and blessed and I dont need boobs!!

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    • lilymadeline's Avatar

      I'm so sorry that this happened to you! How awful!This didn't happen to me, but my body did reject my port which was a complete disaster and sent me to the ER a number of times before they finally took the darn thing out. Sometimes we are just allergic to something in the device or our bodies just reject a foreign entity and it can cause all kinds of problems. I don't how to help, but if I were you first I would ask your surgeon to see if there are any options for you, and second I would go to another surgeon at a different cancer center just to get a second opinion. Surgery like everything else is an art. BTW- I have an autoimmune disease as well as cancer and they suspect that is why my port was rejected. Good luck to you and best wishes!

      about 7 years ago
    • MLT's Avatar

      I think many have had this happen. Did you have radiation? I didn't attempt implants due to being radiated on right side, even tho that's what one PS said she would do for me. I went straight to DIEP reconstruction. Hoping you get healed soon.

      about 7 years ago
    • baridirects' Avatar

      I can only imagine what you have gone through. I chose not to have reconstruction, mainly because I was not insured and I didn't want to assume the additional cost, not to mention the additional pain and recovery time. I've been very happy with my prostheses. However, I understand that reconstruction is important to many women. I would definitely get a second opinion, preferably from a plastic surgeon who specializes in this type of reconstruction...all plastic surgeons are not alike in their experience base. There are several options available, from what I understand...it sounds like you may benefit from one of the techniques that utilizes your own body tissue to build your new breasts, rather than relying on implants.

      Best wishes for a good outcome-


      about 7 years ago
    • Pinny's Avatar

      I am so sorry to hear your experience with the expanders. I currently have them in and my issue is the healing of my incision on one side with the expander almost coming through. For some reason the expander has shifted position on that side. It is very uncomfortable, but manageable. Good luck in your journey!

      about 7 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      I have no experience with expanders, but had DIEP instead. Am very happy with the results so far, even though I have two more "tweakings" (I did NOT say TWERKINGS) to get them the way I want! Is this an option for you? Sometimes DIEP will give a more natural result w/no worry of leaking or changing them out, later. Good luck!

      about 7 years ago
    • ld_105's Avatar

      I have one implant and it healed after surgery, no problem. I recently had fat transfer to fix a concave chest and drooping implant. The look is much better. I read before the initial surgery that both implant and flap surgeries require fixes eventually, so fixes are expected. Sorry to hear you have had problems with infections, just wait until you are ready and see if a diep flap is for you. Ydnar2xer, too funny, my students do the twerking and film themselves, a long way from the Twist, the Jerk, and the Swim.

      about 7 years ago
    • rtburg's Avatar

      Is the infection gone? Are you better now?

      about 7 years ago
    • calerievole's Avatar

      Yes, this happened to me. I endured several infections and hospitalizations before I had them removed. After I retired to Florida I learned from my new docs at Moffitt, that expanders do not work on radiated tissue. Wish my previous surgeon and plastic surgeon were aware of this.

      about 7 years ago

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