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    Side Effects (breast implant side effects-- cold, symptoms of hypothermia, palpitations, anxiety, ): As a physician who has had breast reconstruction, I want women to demand research on the physical impact of putting implants that are cooler than your core body temperature near your vital organs; heart, lungs, and immune system. This issue has not YET been addressed by the surgeons, implant makers -- I PLAN TO MAKE THIS A GLOBAL ISSUE. We must stop being used as guinea pigs by the health care industry to make their "fortunes". Lowering your body temperature can kill you--not just make you feel cold. Take the temperature of skin over your implants (especially in reconstructed breasts, the implant is under the chest muscle) with a thermometer meant to be used on skin. Write down the temperature. My temp averages 84 degrees. Our skin temp should be around 97 degrees. Depending on the person, the heart may beat irregularly at a temperature at 95 degrees. How do we warm up implants continually when they are placed "inside" your body?

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      Dear drmarcid,

      I found your question to be an excellent one! I'm freezing with my expander and I had only a unilateral mastectomy on the left side (since it's cold out I feel like I'm carrying a water bottle filled with cold water, or in my case saline). I'm especially intrigued because I'm a retired (medically) Medical Librarian who aside from Breast Cancer also is a Lupus patient and after reading your comments was quite frightened since my reconstruction is scheduled for April. There are petitions for change on Facebook designed to reached a large audience (you can google how to petition on FB) or surely you as a physician must be able to write for the medical journals. This is very "scary" stuff you touch on and we should be at a point now in medicine where we're able to have the technology to have implants (I'm assuming you're discussing silicone and not saline implants(?)) that are closer to body temperatures. You raise an excellent point and one which nearly every woman on the site I'm sure would be on board,

      Please keep me posted re your actions-I'm very interested and also a question for you. I gained a good deal of weight prior to my breast cancer dx because of HRT (only 3 weeks [lucky me]). I wanted more time to wait for the reconstruction to lose weight but can't seem to get my Plastic Surg to listen. Any suggestions?

      Thanks and again-an excellent and thought provoking post,

      AlizaMLS

      over 4 years ago
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