I had an immediate reconstruction with an expander immediately after bilateral surgery and wondered if others would recommend an implant in their ‘good’ breast as part of asymmetry surgery.
Firstly well done for coming back to us soon soon after your surgery.
I know you must be in a lot of discomfort at the moment with drains, all the paraphernalia which is happening to you at the moment, we are all here for you as you know we’ve all been there and now it’s your time for us to help you through this, at the moment I can’t really give you any advice on whether you should take off the bra or not I think if you could hang in there until you go back on Wednesday when your drains are going to be removed I’m sure you’ll feel better by then about things and your breast cancer nurse will be there to help you.
Try to take one day at a time and be kind to yourself take all the help around at the moment.
Having had an implant removed myself I really understand what you’re going through and feel for you this was caused from infection but after everything healed up I was able to have another reconstruction so I hope this makes you feel better
Thinking of you, wishing you well with love Tili 🙏🌈🙏🌈
Hi all i had my implant removed after 7 years on Thursday as it had a lump like a cyst on side and was as hard as a rock i had radiotherapy after it was put in so always a chance of this happening anyway the nurse has put a soft bra on me with a soft fake boob in it and I’m worried that it’s going to be ok to leave on or should i take it off ? i have to have the drains out on Wednesday afraid to even look as can’t get my head right at this time 7 years and now nothing i feel so upset about it x I know there are much worse things going on in peoples lives but i feel so bad at this time
thanks for any ideas x
I am sorry for what you are going through, what I can’t get around my head is that they gave you the implant before you had your radiotherapy treatment, as I was told by my consultant if my breast goes out of shape after my radiotherapy treatment I can have an implant put in but she said not until I have finished my treatment, as I had a lumpectomy , and surely your surgeon would of spoken to you about what could happen etc, also your cancer nurse could of sent you booklets out so you could understand your cancer and what could be done to try and help you to the best they can, I feel so sorry for you and to let it go on for 4 years that’s terrible, you need to demand to see a new consultant and ask questions why this error happened , etc I just don’t get it I’m sorry confused .... I’m so glad my surgeon went through everything with me and my full cancer team , did they explain any options to you about your surgery etc I’m just gobsmacked thinking of you hunni take one step at a time but do write your thoughts down also chat to your DR/ GP about it.
Sorry pressed the wrong button, another senior moment ? Thinking Evie is right with her comment about Capsulor they go very hard and need replacing.
wishing you lots of luck with appointment, let’s us know how you are doing.
I haven’t done very much, just trying to live with it, maybe not the answer, however did have a lots of problems, with a very bad infection, thinking Evie conment
Thanks for your reply. What did you do?
I'm due my 4 year check in with my consultant in a few weeks, so I'm going to bring it up then.
Dear High 2K
I have also had LD reconstruction, almost 5 years ago, unfortunately its has been nothing but trouble for me, like you very uncomfortable most of the time. As for your consultant?? I think you deserve better, maybe a plastic surgeon ? you can always asked for a second opinion.
Wishing you lots of luck, feel sure you will make the right decision
big hugs Tili 🙏🌈
@High2k - I’ve just seen your message after ShielaJ replied. I agree with her, it sounds as if you need to speak to a different consultant. Could you have the implant replaced? It sounds as if you have capsular contracture (I think that’s what it’s called), and can be caused by radiotherapy. If it’s causing discomfort you should have a chat with someone to explore the options. I wish you all the best. Evie xx
You are NOT a princess, its about quality of life to which you have a right!
I am sorry I don't know anything about implants or reconstruction. I had a full mastectomy on the left side and opted for no reconstruction at all - just wasn't for me.
Hopefully others will have experiences or thoughts to share.
But my last thought is - can you get an opinion from a different oncologist, if you don't like the one you have?
I had a LD reconstruction in 2017 and was told at the time that I needed an implant too to match the other breast. At the time they didn't think I'd need radiotherapy, but it transpired that I did.
The result is a wonky and increasingly uncomfortable breast. I can't lie on my right side in bed, and certainly not on my stomach. It's as hard as a brick and I get frequent shooting pain.
My instinct is to have it removed but I feel like a princess to go back after all this time when I am otherwise fit and healthy and still able to run, cycle and swim, despite the discomfort. My life has been saved after all, and I can cope with the brick-boob as an unfortunate price to pay. My consultant is not the warmest of characters and I fear his reaction too!
Has anyone else had implants removed, and what would the alternatives be? The diep sounds a bit drastic to me, and I have a friend who had this done and has had the most horrific problems ever since.