• Successful TE exchange after radiation?

    Asked by HearMeRoar on Tuesday, May 28, 2013

    Successful TE exchange after radiation?

    Hi Friends!

    This week is my second to last chemo!! After this week only 3 weeks and I'm done with chemo!! Do you sense the excitement?? :)

    Radiation will be next for me x 30 treatments. I had double mx w/ TE's on 2/15/13. Plastic Surgeon wanted to "warn" me that my skin could be ruined from rads taking away my chances for successful TE exchange.

    Has anyone had successful reconstruction (w/ TEs) after rads?

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • karen1956's Avatar

      YES!!! I did....bilat with TE, chemo, rads...so pretty much same as you......I had my fills during chemo, only 3 till I was filled to the brim!!! Finished chemo and then 3 weeks post chemo started rads....From the time I finished fills till rads was over 2 1/2 months......my skin held up okay....but there is a difference between prophy side and BC side. My PS waits at least 6 months post rads to do the exchange.....I had my exchange about 7 months post rads (and 12 1/2 months post bilat)....the silicone implants were sooooooo soft. Rads does make it harder forthe skin, but it is doable...my PS made a new incision below the fold on the BC side to put the implant in and used the same incision line on the prophy side. The only problem I had is that my implant "fell" and PS had to go in and fix the pocket..I could have left things as they were, but the little difference bothered me so the "fix".....then I wanted smaller implants and a year later, PS was able to do that....Now I'm almost 5 years from the last fix and all is good!!! Let me know if you want any more details......will be happy to chat with you.....All the best with your last 2 chemos....Rads is a walk in the park compared to chemo!!!! Karen

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Congratulations on another milestone! You'll be done before you know it!

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I like it, looks good on your profile.

      over 3 years ago
    • ConnieB's Avatar

      I am in the process of having TE's as I write. Long story short I had to have a new saline insert put in in March 2013 and am having 150 mm of saline into my insert every week. There was almost a year between radiation ending and where I am now which I think helped my situation. My Plastic Surgeon was really happy that my my skin was as flexible and soft as it was. Hope this helps, if not I can provide more indepth information. Just let me know.

      over 3 years ago

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