• I will be having a Bilat. Mastectomy w/immediate reconstruction implants. My question is:

    Asked by cris on Friday, February 1, 2013

    I will be having a Bilat. Mastectomy w/immediate reconstruction implants. My question is:

    Has anyone had this done & then had radiation after?

    5 Answers from the Community

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    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      I had bilat in 2006 followed by chemo then radiation...I had my fills during chemo and waiting 6 months post rads for exchange from TE to silicone implants.....so I had my TE for just over 12 months.....I've had these implants now for 4 1/2 years and all is good....

      over 4 years ago
    • Mel's Avatar
      Mel

      Hi Cris!!.. I had that done and did the Chemo, but I chose not to do radiation. For me I felt that there was nothing left there and Chemo seems so hard core that why did I need radiation... Again that was just me. I'm still sore with my implants in but I think all is going well I go back in a month for check up. :)

      over 4 years ago
    • chutzpah's Avatar
      chutzpah

      had the bilateral and then rads. waited 7 months for the implants (that was an easy surgery) felt great getting rid of the expanders. There is some wrinkling/dimpling which the plastic surgeon will try to fix by using some of my abdominal fat So far I look good in clothes boobs are nice and perky and I am happy with the size a b or c cup. Get a few scarves to drape stylishly and cover up the minor imperfections on your front
      Good Luck

      over 4 years ago
    • debsweb18's Avatar
      debsweb18

      I had an immediate implant (unilateral, no expanders) before radiation. After I had radiation I had the other side lifted. I then ended up having the first implant exchanged for a different size for symmetry. Radiation can cause shrinkage. I also had some fat grated to round out the implant. Doesn't look too bad without clothes and looks good with clothes.

      over 4 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar
      DaveWaz

      cris,
      I hope all is well.

      Your question reminded me of some content we have on reconstruction experiences.

      https://www.whatnext.com/experiences/procedure/breast-reconstruction-flap

      https://www.whatnext.com/experiences/procedure/breast-reconstruction-implant

      https://www.whatnext.com/experiences/procedure/reconstructive-surgery

      It also reminded me to let WhatNexters know about our Beginner's Guide to Cancer, including a guide on how women chose between a lumpectomy and mastectomy.
      https://www.whatnext.com/cc/how_we_chose_between_a_lumpectomy_and_mastectomy

      Lastly, for those of you who are not sure what to expect from radiation treatment, we have a piece of content about what to expect for beginner's.
      https://www.whatnext.com/cc/what_to_expect_from_radiation_treatment

      Best of luck to all,
      David

      over 3 years ago

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