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New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

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Leilanikita
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Re: New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

Hi I have a high grade DCIs and having a macsetomany next week with Beacon.
Janco
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Re: New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

Dear RosieH I wonder how you are doing following your surgery brave lady? Sending warm wishes.
Janco
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Re: New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

PS - I have lost any hope of ever having matching breasts, just to have some shape at the side of my surgery would be amazing!
Janco
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Re: New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

Hi, I just want to thank you so much for taking the time to reply and explain your journey with Braxon. Very much appreciated. I am going to ask my surgeon in 2 weeks time if this is a possibility for me. Trying not to get my hopes up as every avenue so far has been a closed door. If I can find out the name of the Wolverhampton consultant using this product I would try my best to book a consultation, if anyone out there knows...
Evie-S
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Re: New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

Oh Janco, I really hope this solution could work for you. I'm not medical so probably not very good at explaining what is involved but I'll have a go! When I had my mx I had the implant at the same time. As I understand it, the breast is taken away, everything on top of the pectoral muscle, and my implant was put in front of the muscle, where the breast tissue was. The implant was wrapped in this Braxon mesh which somehow knits to your body's own tissues over time and acts as a support for the implant, it's also stitched to the body I guess to hold it in place. Google prepectoral implant and the Braxon site should come up which explains it more.

 

My implant boob doesn't really match my real one, it's a bit bigger and more round and pert, but I don't think any implants give the same natural shape as the back and tummy flaps, but I'm happy that I went for that option. I don't know what chest size you are, but I seem to remember being told that this option is more suitable for smaller boobed women - although things could well have changed in a year. This option was relatively new when I had it done.

 

Hope that helps a bit. Very happy to answer any more questions. Sending you a big hug and hope you find something that works for you. 

Evie xx

Janco
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Re: New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

Yes please Evie if you could describe the process it would be helpful. thank you. 

Janco
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Re: New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

Hi, I think I am an unfortunate case, my implant was behind the LD muscle, it felt ‘wrong’ as soon as I woke up, too tight, and over the following few weeks it became badly infected and squeezed the LD muscle out of place.p bursting into an open wound. I had to have the implant removed. What was left just crumpled and adhered to my chest wall and everyone I’ve seen has said I can’t have an implant as there is nothing ie no muscle to put it behind. I have been in despair but just wonder if this Braxon is possible for me....

Evie-S
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Re: New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

Janco - so sorry to hear about the awful issues you have had. Touch wood my implant has worked - so not sure if you would like further details as you have asked for people who have had failed implant/LD flap. I had this Braxon wrapped implant - the implant sits on top of the muscle, rather than underneath which I believe used to be the norm, and the implant is wrapped in this Braxon mesh. Happy to share any more details if you would like.

Evie xx

Janco
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Re: New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

I haven’t heard of this and would be interested to know the details.  I had a mx with a failed LD Flap and have been left with horrendous problems. Pain in my back where the muscle was taken, pain in the front where it’s collapsed.  Apart from the discomfort which is now 2 yrs on, visually I am struggling to get over the cosmetic outcome. Would appreciate hearing from anyone else where implant/LD has not worked. 


@JSA wrote:

Hello,

Has anyone here heard about this new method of breast reconstruction being pioneered in Wolverhampton, where an implant is inserted into a mesh? There was something about it on local BBC TV this morning but no details. What I am trying to find out is, is this method only possible with immediate reconstruction, or also delayed? I had my unilateral mastectomy five years ago.

 

Thanks - Judith


 

Kate79
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Re: New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

Hi Rosie/Evie, i hope this finds you well. Sorry I completely missed your replies. Weirdly Rosie, my surgery was May 14th! Had dressings off yesterday, a bit sore today as I guess now it's just my body holding my implants. Pain is bearable with paracetamol.
I am usually sore in the mornings. Most days when I get up I feel absolutely fine, others i feel sore. Trying not to over do it! Ughhh!
Bras are my biggest issue, finally found Macom and Royce ones that felt comfy with dressing on and now feel unsupported.
Would be great to hear your progress xxx

RosieH
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Re: New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

Hi Kate

im in for the double with the Braxon. Booked for May 14th. Everything I’ve read sounds really good. I’ve spent way too long looking at pictures of reconstructed boobs on the internet!! 

Whens your surgery? 

Evie-S
Community Champion

Re: New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

Hi Kate79

I saw your question and thought I'd just pass on my experience with Braxon. I had a single mastectomy and recon with Braxon implants last May. It's actually a good shape, it's just a shame it doesn't match my original one - larger and more round. But if you are having double mastectomy then you won't have that issue. I chose that option because of quicker recovery and I'm pleased that it was a quick recovery. I had Nurofen and Paracetamol for pain relief. Happy to answer any other questions you may have.

All the best for your surgery and recovery.

Evie x

Kate79
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Re: New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

Thank you so much that really helps. Wishing you all the best with your chemo and recovery.

Shocked
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Re: New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

Hi Kate

 

i was a 36F and have had to go smaller so I’m now a little wonky - am still having treatment - chemo and rads so Unsure if I will have a reduction on other breast. Appearance wise I have no nipple but the reconstruction shape is quite natural I think. I was out of hospital the same day and the drains removed within a week, found recovery at home great, it’s supposed to be a lot quicker than under muscle implants to recover and I found that to be the case managed to enjoy Christmas and my surgery was the 14th December so I thought that was pretty good, pain wise I managed with cocodomol for the first week or so but the pain wasn’t really from the mastectomy and recon it was more from where I had lymph nodes removed.  I did get a rash on my breast about a month after surgery but it went quickly with the help of antihistamine and steroid cream. I still get some swelling but I that tends to be after a chemo session so not sure you would have the same issues.  Good luck with your surgery. 

Kate79
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Re: New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

Hi Shocked,

 

Just wondering how you are getting on with your Braxon covered implants? I have high-grade DCIS and two sisters that have both had breast cancer. My surgeon has offered a nipple sparing, double masectomy, using Braxon. I am a 34D been measured up for 450cc. I can't find many threads with ladies who have had Braxon, would be great to hear your thoughts on healing, pain, appearance, size etc..

Shocked
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Re: New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

I know my surgeon was absolutely amazing - I had very similar fears I have such a fear of staying overnight and they did absolutely everything they could to make sure that I got home. - I even had the whole day care ward to myself for the few hours I was in recovery. I hope you can get what you need. 

JSA
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Re: New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

Wow, that's very good!

Shocked
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Re: New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

I was in surgery at 10.30am and home by 8.30pm the same day

JSA
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Re: New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

That's OK, Shocked! How long were you in hospital?

Shocked
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Re: New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

Sorry just realised this is an old thread😏

Shocked
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Re: New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

I have just had the braxon implant inserted above the muscle it was an immediate reconstruction and recovery was pretty quick - my surgeon pushed for it as I have other medical issues and I am so thankful she did. 

JSA
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Re: New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

Hi, Debbie, I have only just seen your message! I didn't get a notification! No, I was not able to have that type of reconstruction: it can only be done immediately, at the same time as the mastectomy. It's such a pity 😞 I still only have one breast. - Judith

Carole M
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Re: New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

Riversidedawn

I'd be really interested to talk to you electronically as I am currently in hospital with a raging infection in my expanding implant and port with high temp and been on IV ABX for 3 days, im now day 17 of first cycle of FEC. My recon breast started reacting two weeks after surgery to animal origin dermal matrix. Surgeon said it was allergy which would settle. Had ABX for a week and it was less red but never really went away, still pink. Three weeks on I had to get on with chemo and two weeks into that I'm now in trouble. I'm thinking it has to all come out, but afraid of surgery when I'm post chemo and afraid of delay to chemo either way.

Really like to know your story x
Debbie61
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Re: New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

Hi Judith. It's a year on and I just read your post. There was an article about this type of reconstruction using pig skin (Braxon) in the Daily Mail 11 July. Were you able to have it done? I had a mastectomy a year ago without any skin saving etc. Wasn't really informed about it at the time. I've looked into other types of reconstruction and had a meeting with plastic surgeon, but I don't like the sound of them! This sounds much less intrusive, but I suspect it's too late for me. Debbie x

bleachbabe
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Re: New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

Hi Judith, I had a bilateral mastectomy last June 15 and am due for my reconstruction op in May 16. I didnt have any kind of skin sparing operation and my surgeon has said I am having expanders (with the mesh I believe) straight away for end results.  The expanders I'm having can be kept for up to two years if I wish then he said would replace with implants.  So as I understand it the mesh is going in straight away as he said it will hold the expanders/implants therefore not over stretching the skin and giving them a better shape.  I am seeing the Breast Care Nurse on Monday for a chat about it all so I will double check.  My surgeon and the nurses here in Worthing, West Sussex have been wonderful!! Hope this helps and good luck xx

buster1
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Re: New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

Hi Judith, I believe its only immediate reconstruction as you would need to have a skin sparing mastectomy to have somewhere to put the implant so to speak. But they are making new strides every day, you never know what's heading your way. Fingers crossed xx
Kiki2
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Re: New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

I don't know the answer to the delayed recon question but I had this operation in Feb 15 in Derby, where the surgeon told me before my op that he started using it in about 2008, he had done 50 and 2 had failed so I decided those were reasonable odds! The cosmetic effect is excellent, he has made a very good job of it, and a year later I am fully recovered. I still get the odd twinge and am still tight under the arm and have to be careful not to lift anything too heavy but I wore a bikini on holiday with confidence and I run and play badminton. He managed to save the areola on mine so it looks as if there is still a nipple there. Hope this is helpful to you. Xx

 

 

 

 

 

riversidedawn
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Re: New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

I had immediate recon with implant and animal derived mesh in September 14. Unfortunately it got infected during chemo and had to be removed. I then had an expander implant with a different mesh containing titanium in may 15. I'm not sure if this is braxon. My surgeon said it's much better than the first mesh she used, but at that time she was waiting to see results of trial before she used it.

I'm due to have the expander replaced with permanent implant in the next couple of weeks - again she will use this new mesh.

So I geuss the answer is yes it's possible with delayed recon, but if you've had rads they won't be able to stretch the skin so you'll need donor skin from diep or ld flap surgery.
JenJen
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Re: New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

Hi Judith

Im not sure re your answer to delayed reconstruction but the Consultant in question works at New Cross Hospital perhaps you could write and ask, I work in healthcare and we often have patients send a letter to ask if particular treatments they have heard we are trialling or carry out would be suitable for them. If you dont feel confident doing this you could discuss with your GP who may send a letter on your behalf.

Hope all goes well

Jen x
Lizzy_BCC
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Re: New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

Hi JSA, 

 

Thank you for starting this discussion it sounds very interesting and I am sure some of our users will be along shortly to share. 

 

I have moved your post to our Surgery board to give users more of a chance to see it. 

 

Best wishes,

 

Lizzy 

JSA
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New reconstruction method with Braxon being trialled in Wolverhampton

Hello,

Has anyone here heard about this new method of breast reconstruction being pioneered in Wolverhampton, where an implant is inserted into a mesh? There was something about it on local BBC TV this morning but no details. What I am trying to find out is, is this method only possible with immediate reconstruction, or also delayed? I had my unilateral mastectomy five years ago.

 

Thanks - Judith