• Problems with expander for breast reconstruction surgery, or problems with skin during fills?

    Asked by Lynn032012 on Tuesday, November 27, 2012

    Problems with expander for breast reconstruction surgery, or problems with skin during fills?

    additional surgeries?

    8 Answers from the Community

    8 answers
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      I had additional surgeries, but not for reconstruction. I had to have so much skin removed that there was none left to close the wound, so a plastic surgeon had to take a flap from my abdomen to cover the wound on my chest.

      over 1 year ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      I only had 3 fills....after the 3rd fill, I was so miserable, I had the PS take some cc's out....then had the expanders for another 10 months till the exchange....I had my fills during chemo, then I had rads....I had my exchange just over a year post bilat....but then I had 3 revisions due to the pocket falling...I've had these implants since July 2008 and then are doing okay...mine skin is holding up, but it does get itchy and I've had sores on the BC side....considering everything, I think its okay......my expanders were lopsided

      over 1 year ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar
      DorothyV

      My expander has been uncomfortable since day 1. I had mastectomy May 7, 2012. Reconstruction at surgery. Fills during chemo. Just completed radiation. It will be 3-6 months before I get my implant. It doesn't always hurt, but I am always conscious that it's there. I use a small soft pillow at night next to the side with the expander.

      over 1 year ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar
      DorothyV

      My expander has been uncomfortable since day 1. I had mastectomy May 7, 2012. Reconstruction at surgery. Fills during chemo. Just completed radiation. It will be 3-6 months before I get my implant. It doesn't always hurt, but I am always conscious that it's there. I use a small soft pillow at night next to the side with the expander.

      over 1 year ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar
      gwendolyn

      My expander was initially very uncomfortable.  After a couple 90cc fills it started to feel much better.  I had to discontinue getting fills for a couple months because chemo gave me poor immunity.  After that, my next fill made everything much more comfortable and I suddenly had better range of motion in my shoulder!  When I started to find the fill process uncomfortable, my doctor suggested doing smaller amounts (60cc) and this makes a big difference.  I'm about to start radiation so no more fills while that's being done.  At full size now.  Doctor just wants to "overfill" it after radiation and before the replacement surgery.  

      over 1 year ago
    • ksale's Avatar
      ksale

      I had bilateral mastectomy on Aug 23, 2012 along with partial reconstruction. My expanders were initially very uncomfortable. My surgeon want to complete the fill process prior to when I started radiation. I received one fill of 60 ccs then developed an infection in the left implant. It had to be removed and will not be replaced until I finish radiation.

      over 1 year ago
    • Kmack927's Avatar
      Kmack927

      I had my mastectomy August 15th, the expander was very unbearable for about 5 weeks. My plastic surgeon will not do any fills until after I am finished with chemo and radiation. So I am stuck with this thing for quite a while. I wonder why some Dr.s will fill during chemo and some won't? I went thru physical therapy to help get some of my range of motion back it helped tremendously.

      over 1 year ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar
      DaveWaz

      Lynn03202012,
      Thank you for sharing your question. 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

      Best of luck to all,
      David

      8 months ago

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