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I am so sorry to hear that you have had complications with your surgery and hope you are doing better!! I am a breast cancer survivor. 12 years ago I had a lumpectomy with chemo and radiation. I'm BRCA 1 positive and have been to a genetic counselor. He and 7 other doctors have advised me to have a prophylactic mastectomy with breast reconstruction and also a hysterectomy after that. I had my surgery scheduled a month ago but backed out because I was so scared!! I don't think I want to go through the tissue expander process. I think if I will ask for just an implant after my mastectomy. Anyone have any suggestions/comments? I have made my mind up to just do it and am scheduled for Nov. 2nd. Still a little anxious about it all though. Good Luck and God Bless to all out there having to make and face such a difficult desicion! sillysoutherngirl
i am new here, and have some concerns... i am having my final reconstruction next friday,, one week from today.. i had breast cancer and finally getting my final reconstruction surgery.. While i have quit smoking 10 months ago,, i am around alot of smokers,, both at home and at work! will this affect my continine test i will be having the morning of my Surgery... I have been telling everyone to not smoke around me,, but unfortunately.. its not as easy as it sounds... will second hand smoke affect my results and my healing time??? and can the test show that i havent actually inhaled.. cigerattes?
thank you for responding,,, i am making certain absolutely no one is near me!!! i have six days to make sure.. there is no second hand smoke in my system!!! and drinking lots of Water.. and fluids... this surgery is important one for me, as its the final one, after 7 long months of having my complete mastectomy and saline fills every month.. very uncomfortable. and do not want to chance anything!!!!
I am a one year breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with DCIS in my left breast and the pathology came back as comedo-type which I was told was one of the most aggressive forms of this cancer. It is also known to go to the other breast. I decided to have a bilateral mastectomy with immediate DIEP flap reconstruction. They used the tissue from my tummy to reconstruct my breasts. I really love how it turned out and it is all my own tissue, so no complications with rejection or anything. Microsurgery is what they use to transplant the tissue... it is nothing short of amazing to me.
My understanding is that cigarettes can constrict the blood vessels and when you are healing (or when you are having microsurgery) you need those blood vessels as plump as possible for the best circulation and healing. I think 2nd hand smoke is harmful as well.
Sorry that you had complications and a staph infection... I hope that you have been able to have your reconstruction by now. Hugs, Tammy
Just wondering why you get some infections after mastectomy. Was it not properly executed?
cena2020 wrote:Breast reconstruction after mastectomy and complications? About a month ago I had a mastectomy performed on my right breast and a tissue expander placed because the plan was to have an implant reconstruction.
About 2 weeks after the mastectomy I developed a severe staph infection in the surgical site. This resulted in an additional surgery to remove the expander implant and close the breast site back up. I was in the hospital for 4 days on IV antibiotics and back home for a week on oral antibiotics to kill the infection.
Now it appears that the infection is gone. But we have to start over sometime soon on the reconstruction.
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