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Exchange of tissue expander


Re: Exchange of tissue expander

Hi helenmann


Thanks for posting


It’s understandable you can’t remember all the information you were given following your surgery. How wounds are managed can vary depending on the dressings that are used and the preferences of the surgeon. So it would be best to ring your breast care nurse or the ward where you had your surgery for advice.


Our information about wound dressings may be of interest.


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Exchange of tissue expander

Hi - I had surgery on Monday to have the tissue expander exchanged with a silicone one.

I was discharged on the same day and I know I was given loads of instructions on stuff but to be honest I think I was still under the influence of the anaesthetic and didn't take it all in.

I've had an incision under my breast to remove the temporary implant and I'm assuming it's now glued with a load of steri strips over the wound.

I know I have to keep the wound dry for a while - can you say when it would be OK to get it wet?

Also not sure when I can take the steri strips off - do they have to stay on a week, 2 weeks or what???

I think I should have written it all down but was still 'bad' from the anaesthetic  and feel like i'm only properly coming round today and starting to think about things.

Thanks for your help.