• Expansion Pain?? The pain after a fill lasts a few days but each time it lasts a little longer. Sore and Fatigued

    Asked by digger6218 on Monday, February 6, 2012

    Expansion Pain?? The pain after a fill lasts a few days but each time it lasts a little longer. Sore and Fatigued

    After the last fill and the waiting 10 to 12 weeks for the stretching does the pain subside? Also does anyone get fatigued during this process? I would just like to know what to expect. Also what to expect from the final implant surgery and recovery.

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    • Sunnydays' Avatar

      I had my first fill (bilateral reconstruction with expanders) last week. Less painful than I expected but it was uncomfortable for a few days. I do get tired if I'm up and about too much. I try to rest as much as possible - my doctor wants me using my arm muscles as little as possible. My next fill is next week. I'm interested in hearing from others on their experiences, too. Why did you have to wait 10-12 weeks? My doctor says I'll have to wait 4 weeks after my last fill before having final implant surgery. All the best to you - what an incredible process!

      about 9 years ago
    • Dawnn's Avatar

      I went through express expansion because I needed to get expanded, have surgery, and recover in time to begin radiation. Expansion was the most painful part of the entire process, but one thing that really helped was to wear a very tight, compression type sports bra.

      Expansion would leave me really tired.

      On the positive note, when this piece is over, the implant surgery is really easy. I was out and about the next day, and feeling great. I am glad I went through it, but even more glad that the expansion part is over.

      Stay strong, stay positive.


      about 9 years ago
    • whirl's Avatar

      I had to wait to start my fill process as the incisions didn't do well with the expanders. Most males were larger than I was prior to surgery. As I had very little loose skin in the first place my expansion process was every 2 weeks with a small amount. I became an "A" cup and called it quits. In some ways I should have had more expansion but as a runner you really don't want much bouncing. Even at only an "A" the expanders were tight. Only the last one was uncomfortable. I guess my plastic surgeon never said any thing about not using my arms as he knew I would be at the gym doing strength training anyway. As far as the exchange it was a piece of cake. I couldn't even give my hubby an excuse for him to fix dinner and do the dishes. My advice is to hang in there and be the size you want.

      about 9 years ago
    • jamrck's Avatar

      I did not but I know others who did. You might also try a massage therapist who specializes in cancer patients. You should be able to get a referral from your doctor.

      about 9 years ago
    • scootersmom's Avatar

      The closer you get to the final fill the more painful it will be as the muscle pocket will be tight. It will clear up within a couple of days. Towards the end I made sure that I took Tylenol before I went for my visit. That seemed to help.

      about 9 years ago
    • debi11's Avatar

      I had a double masectomy with expanders put in at the time of surgery. The first few fills were not too bad, after that it got a little painful. At one point I let the doc know that the fills were getting more painful so he did not put as much saline in them. It took a couple of extra trips to the plastic surgeon but was worth it. I scheduled a full body massage a day or two after each fill, this helped tremendously! I went from an A cup to a perfect 36C. My doc also had me wait the 4-6 weeks before the implant switch, this was to make sure everything was stretched and would not shrink back once the permanent implants were in.

      about 9 years ago

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