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expander implant followed by rads. what's your experience?

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riversidedawn
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Re: expander implant followed by rads. what's your experience?

Hi EVs, I'm still in hospital as still a lot of fluid in the drain. Last time I had a big problem with the day drains de-vaccuuming and them fluid build up so surgeon is keeping a close eye.

Glad you're doing well and not in too much pain. Make sure you do your exercises so that you don't stiffen up.

I am so bloated I look 7 months pregnant. Drinking loads, eating fruit and taking laxido but no effect yet!

Good luck with your results next week. Take it easy x
evs_71
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Re: expander implant followed by rads. what's your experience?

Hi riversidedawn. I had my sugery Tuesday and got home home today. The op went well and besides some pain which was managed on regular painkillers, I have been ok until the painkillers decided to play havoc with my insides and I was sore, bloaty and generally full of s**t!!!! Feel much better now and glad to be home. Back at clinic for pathology results on Thursday and then back on the chemo and rads road after that!
riversidedawn
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Re: expander implant followed by rads. what's your experience?

Wishing you lots of luck EVS, keep in touch, we can follow each other through recovery!

evs_71
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Re: expander implant followed by rads. what's your experience?

I'm haing mastectomy tomorrow and they are putting in an expander implant at the same time. I was having chemo first, but abandoned for now due to no effect on tumour. Resume chemo afterwards and radio to follow. They didn't want to put the silicone one just now in due to risk of damage from rads, but told me the expander one may get damaged but would be replaced by a silicone one anyway once treatment finished, or I can have the DIEP recon that I was originally planned for.

rosie14
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Re: expander implant followed by rads. what's your experience?

It's just as well you has the silicone implant taken out as they can become damaged during rads! I had 2 expander implants in during rads and both survived!
riversidedawn
Member

expander implant followed by rads. what's your experience?

I've got surgery on Wednesday for expander implant. Had MX and silicone implant on September but got infected so removed in December. Finished Chemo about 6 weeks ago and will have to have rads once wound is healed. Onc not too happy as he only wanted 4-6 weeks between Chemo and rads and its going to be more like 10-12!

Anyone with similar experience, im anxious about more infection.