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    Radiation

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    Procedure or Surgery (Breast Reconstruction (Implant)): /implant placed on right side at the same time as the TRAM flap. 10 hour surgery

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    Procedure or Surgery (Breast Reconstruction (Flap)): Had to have the TRAM flap on the left side because of the scar tissue on left side.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Antibiotics): I had to return to the infusion unit for IV antibiotics. Daily, for 60 days.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Removal of tissue expander on left side, and removal of infected tissue from a "hospital acquired anaerobic infection".): After 10 day hospial stay, this infection required another port being implanted for subsequent IV antibiotic treatment.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Other breast removed prior to reconstruction, due to high risk of recurrence. This was done at the same time as tissue expanders were implant in preparation for breast implants.): I contracted a "hospital acquired" bacterial infection in my lungs. Was hospitalized for 10 days instead of 2. When the expansion was started, the Dr. realized that this process would not work for the left breast due to severe scarring of the chest wall from the radiation.
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