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    siestaluvr asked a questionBreast Cancer

    I had a bilateral in November, and one of the expanders removed in Dec. due to infection. I have developed frozen shoulder.

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      Dick_K

      I developed frozen shoulder some time ago, probably brought on by poor posture sitting at a desk. Shortly after that diagnosis I slipped and fell on some ice and broke my humorous; both the break and frozen shoulder were on the same side. I went through physical therapy for the break and at the same time was helping the frozen shoulder. I was told I would never be back to 100% but I have to tell you, it is pretty darn close. Practicing proper posture and learning appropriate exercise has done wonders for me.

      over 4 years ago
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      My husband (Peroll) does not have the same cancer as you, but he has developed a frozen shoulder and bad back since his fight with cancer started and he has been referred to physical therapy several times, and he's asked his oncologist and his PCP for a referral when he feels he needs it. Right now he is going to PT, but lately his chemo side effects have been so harsh the PT is reluctant to have him do too much for fear of injurying him further. Ask your oncologist to refer you to a PT with experience working with cancer patients. i wish you the best.

      over 4 years ago
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      Being a Physical Therapist I can't agree more with all the other comments than to have you get to a PT!!! It really can work to improve mobility and function. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me!

      over 4 years ago
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    siestaluvr asked a questionBreast Cancer

    4 weeks after a dbl mastectomy, I had to have one of my expanders removed, due to infection. How long until this can be replaced?

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      A family friend had that happen. She now has her second expander in. I think it was a month between surgeries. I think it's common no matter what, but more likely to happen if the person is a smoker (oops I just realized with her it was the skin that went necrotic, not just a straight infection)

      almost 5 years ago
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      This happened to me as well. I just had the left mastectomy, but the wound never really healed and I was facing chemo. So we removed the expander, I healed up quickly and started chemo. Then after chemo was done in August, I started radiation. That ended in October. I am still sensitive in the area and further healing is needed (radiation caused burns) My plastic surgeon is an expert in the DIEP method which takes tissue from the stomach and he is recommending for me in lieu of trying the expander again. He wants to let me heal and not undergo surgery until at least March. So, I am currently scheduled for April. In the meantime, I've continued to use surgery bras, with the fill in the one side. It is not the best solution, but I don't want to invest too much since it will be short term. I went on the TLC.com site and ordered waterproof fill as well so that I can use for swimming or working out (sweat). Helps alot. Also, since both sides are never even, I wear scarves to distract from that area a bit. A good bra with the right size fill works well. This too shall pass is my motto!

      almost 5 years ago
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      I recommend getting a prosthesis and a mastectomy bra. This prescription comes from your surgeon. I had the same experience within 4 weeks of my dbl. mastectomy also. My Surgeon told me it wasn't something she see's often. After the second surgery I had to have my radiation and wait 3 months after that before they would schedule reconstruction. It has been 12 months since saline expanders' were put in and 11 months since one was removed. I was supposed to have reconstruction to put in a new insert and start expansion in mid December but the plastic surgeon got the flu and vertigo the day of my surgery so it was rescheduled for March 22, 2013. The prosthesis and mastectomy bra make waiting bearable. Good luck to you.

      almost 5 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery (Double Mastectomy): The double mastectomy took place 11/5/12. Dec 11 I met with my oncologist who gave me the wonderful news that I would not need chemotherapy or radiation. However, she was concerned with the redness of my left expander and sent me to my plastic surgeon. After testing, I ended up back in surgery on 12/14 to remove the left expander. I am now lopsided, not sure when the expander will be replaced and heading back to work on 1/2. Has anyone been through a similar situation and can you tell me how long it was until the expander was replaced? My plastic surgeon said that infection within the expander is not uncommon. Thank you.

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