In , I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and had a double mastectomy and reconstruction. The aftermath. The P. Post Surgery to diagnosis and treatment. The A.
What to Expect After Breast Reconstruction Surgery
Implant Reconstruction: What to Expect
Hi all another question for ya, I am a little worried about the exchange surgery to swap my expander for Implant. It has taken me 9 months but I am finally just about comfortable in my own body again, and getting used to these hard lumps of plastic in my chest,but I am afraid I won't like the final implants. Anyone who had the surgery I would appreciate any feedback, anything at all!!! Cheers thanks ladies for all the support I really would be lost without ye!! Hi Ania
Expander Implant Exchange and Revisions
During implant reconstruction, if you're having the implant inserted at the same time as mastectomy immediate reconstruction and enough tissue is available to cover the implant, your plastic surgeon will place the breast implant either under the chest muscle or over the chest muscle after your breast surgeon has removed the breast tissue. If a large amount of skin is removed during mastectomy or you're having the staged approach to implant reconstruction delayed-immediate reconstruction , your plastic surgeon places a tissue expander between the skin and chest muscle after your breast surgeon has removed the breast tissue. It stretches the skin to make room for the final implant. The expander has a port a metal or plastic plug, valve, or coil that allows the surgeon to add increasing amounts of liquid a salt water solution over time between 2 to 6 months until the skin gradually is stretched enough to accommodate the implant. If you have an expander put in and there is any chance you will have radiation therapy, be sure your surgeon uses an expander with a plastic port, not a metal one.
One of the options for breast reconstruction after mastectomy includes the placement of synthetic breast implants. Before this procedure, you'll need tissue expanders—temporary, inflatable breast implants designed to stretch skin and muscle so your chest can accommodate the permanent implant. Because of the stretching involved, tissue expanders can be painful.