• Reconstruction surgery this week

    Asked by thil2633 on Tuesday, May 14, 2013

    Reconstruction surgery this week

    I am having my tissue expanders and port removed this week and having my implants put in, can you tell me what to expect and what the recovery time will be?

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • chutzpah's Avatar

      My recovery after having the TE replaced by implants was much easier than the BMX. NO Drains
      but I still laid around for 2 days under the influence of pain meds. Figure on at least a week before resuming normal activities. It was so nice getting those TE out. Your chest will not look perfect yet but a lot better than it had been.. My next step after the implants were having the PS create nipples from my own tissue and tatooed a nice nipple color. The next step for me is having some abdominal fat injected into the breast to smooth them out.
      Good Luck

      over 7 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Good luck in your surgery, I can't answer that question for you, in the last 25 years thats one of the only types of surgery I haven't had. HA! I wish you the best!

      over 7 years ago
    • mistydkw's Avatar

      For me the implant exchange was MUCH easier than the expander placement. Just a couple days recovery with minimal pain meds. Best of luck to you!!

      over 7 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      You should feel better immediately without the expanders! It does take several weeks to heal completely. I only needed ibuprofen for awhile. I had mine on February 14. Everything has healed nicely.

      over 7 years ago
    • SoccerLisaMom's Avatar

      I didn't realize how uncomfortable the port and tissue expanders were until I had them out. I had mine done on a Thursday, took Friday off work and resumed normal activities on Monday. I had no pain at all and took nothing for any pain. Good luck.

      over 7 years ago
    • Mel's Avatar

      That was probably the easiest surgery.. outpatient I did mine over the holidays Dec. 27 and I went back to work Jan. 2 bit stiff/sore but nothing like have the mastectomy done. Of course i still feel like I'm recovering. Best of luck to you!!... :)

      over 7 years ago
    • thil2633's Avatar

      Thanks everyone- I guess I just wanted to get it over with so badly, I didn't ask the Dr any questions about recovery! SO ready to get this lump (port) off my chest and these 2x4's out (expanders)! I wrote a blog yesterday to help the "newly diagnosed, will you guys help me out and add comments to it, of things that helped you prepare for this journey? www.adventuresoftraci.blogspot.com

      over 7 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar

      I haven't had my implants put in yet and I didn't have expanders because I had a flap reconstruction that when all was said and done there still were no breast thus the implants. They say that you can expect some discomfort for a while with your skin being sensitive, but I don't think you will have that problem because you had the expanders. Good luck and I hope all turns out well with you.

      over 7 years ago

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