Getting 38-year-old Implants Removed - Sydney, AU

Tomorrow I am off to have yearly mammogram and...

Tomorrow I am off to have yearly mammogram and ultrasound. Later in the day I see a surgeon who specializes in the breast. My mother and sister had breast cancer so I have to be careful. I had silicone implants 38 years ago. My left breast feels like it has a cricket ball inside and my right breast is pushing up higher in my chest. I have decided after reading this very informative site to ask surgeon if he will remove implants. I am 69 and a bit worried about surgery because of allergy to most good pain killers. Another problem what do I tell my 4 son's and my friends who do not know about implants. At my age I am very embarassed now about the whole subject. My daughter and husband say leave well enough alone but with old implants and yearly mammograms I am worried they will rupture. Anyway I will write tomorrow night and let you all know what doctor recommends.

 

August 6th, 2012

 

Well I have 9 days to go for my explant. I feel very positive since talking with the radiologist that took my mammogram . I asked her what she thought and she said after years of taking breast implant mammograms she would deffinately have them removed .
The lady said that implants can deffinately make some cancer hard to spot and it is a worry for me with 38 year old implants that they could rupture during procedure. Also she said that the hundreds of women that have had implants removed she has not come across anyone that was unhappy. To all you ladies that are going through the same op, good luck to you all.

Well I have 3 days go to explant and am feeling...

Well I have 3 days go to explant and am feeling quite anxious. I think the older you get the more surgery worries you. I just hope they come out without exploding because of being 38 years old they must be very fragile. I have been reading posts about bras to wear after surgery and I think I will be able to tuck mine in my undies once implants come out. I have been very lucky for mine to have lasted so long, the only trouble for past 10 years has been left breast feels like a cricket ball. I would not have thought about having them out only I accident ly found this site . Reading all the messages on the forum I realized I wanted them removed and did not want to be the old girl with the implants. Good luck to you all who are travelling this road , I am sure we will all be so happy to see the implants gone. Will let you all know how surgery goes. Xxx

THANK YOU all you wonderful ladies that discussed...

THANK YOU all you wonderful ladies that discussed removal of implants. It was all the information that made me decide to have mine removed after 38years. I had mine removed yesterday and arrived home an hour ago and I am thrilled to bits that they are gone. I had drains removed this morning and I don't have any pain. I feel a new woman and not to have the cricket ball implant in my left side it is so comfortable. Had a lot more bleeding left side because of all the scar tissue. I would recommend this op to anyone. I didn't have any strapping , all I have is tape under each boob. I remembered the advise a lot of you ladies gave about support so as soon as I arrived home I put the bra on. Every time I look at my lovely soft boobs Iwill be reminded of you ladies
That have helped me all the way. Xxxx

It's my 3rd day post op. I am absolutely thrilled...

It's my 3rd day post op. I am absolutely thrilled with my soft naturel boobies. I wish that I had found this site a long time ago. I see my surgeon on Tuesday to have stitches removed, it will be nice to get under the shower and be able to wash around my boobs. I can't believe how weightless my chest feels and to be without that hard ball in my left breast is amazing. My doctor didn't mention whether I should wear a sports bra and I didn't have any strapping. So I took notice of you wonderful ladies and put on a sports bra for support. Thanks again , I will keep you all posted.xxxxx

Visited my surgeon today and he was very pleased...

Visited my surgeon today and he was very pleased with results of removal of implants. I told him I was worried that the would explode when he was taking them out because of being 38 year old. What shocked me was when he said they had already exploded. He has taken capsule out and pathology come back clear. I can't wait to go to my G P and find out all the details in surgeons report. I am just so happy the implants are out. Anyone contemplating having implants removed go ahead I am sure you will be happy with them out of your body. Pain is minimal and recovery time short. Maisy xxxx

Well it is a month since my explanation. All I can...

Well it is a month since my explanation. All I can say is it is the best thing to have implants removed.
The shape of my breasts are smaller of course but a shape I am happy with. It is wonderful to not be bothered with the feeling of having a hard ball in my bra. The car seat belt would press on the left breast and I would have to hold the belt away from my breast. When my op was over I expected to be strapped up and then have to wear a firm bras even in bed. My surgeon said that was not necessary and by not being strapped my breasts found a natural shape. So I suppose all doctors have their own ideas. I just wish I had found this sight a long time ago because I would have had implants removed a lot earlier and that would have spared me all the worry of rupture .
What I was amazed about was how easy the post op. was, after first day there was hardly any pain at all.
Thank you all again . Maisy xx
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Hi Maisy, I was wondering who your surgeon is? I am in Aus and need to get my out due to rupture. I can't find any good surgeons that have as good results as yours. I hope you reply.
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Hi Maisy,

Thanks for the update! That's a shock that they had exploded! Did the CC prevent any leakage into your body/lymph nodes?

Congratulations on getting them out after all this time - it's time for a new you! :)

Happy healing and take things gently xxx
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I had a lot of scar tissue surrounding the implant, hopefully that kept it all contained. I will find out more from my G P. I must say I was shocked because 4 weeks earlier I had a mammogram and ultrasound which didn't pick the rupture up. Unless the mammogram ruptured them. Anyway I am a happy silicone free woman. Xxxxx
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Yes, that's possibbe. Did you feel anything during the mammogram? I was always told that I couldn't have a mammogram in case my implants exploded!

I wonder about all this as when I had my ultrasound scan they said I had "silicone in the armpits" (direct quote) and that they had ruptured. However, when my PS removed them she said they hadn't ruptured and that the silicone in my lymph nodes must have seeped out at a wek point of the implant and that it was such a miniscule aount that the lymph nodes would deal with it ok.

As you say, the capsule usually contains the silicone so that's good. It's so brilliant that we're free of all that now - thank goodness!!! xxx
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How are you today Maisy? Thinking of you xx
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Maisy, so glad for you it all went well and you are happy! That is awesome :) xx
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Really glad you're doing so well! Take things easy though. Isn't it a relief to have them out?

Sending good healing vibes your way :) xx
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Thank you. I have no pain and I forget that I have to take care. I have more breast tissue
Than I thought , funny shape but early days. Nurse told me that a lot women getting implants are elderly. Lady last week was 72, I don't think I would go for it at that age
Xxx
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Oooo no!!!! I'm hoping to never have an op like this ever again. At least we'll both be natural and silicone free. I'm a slightly unusual shape still 19 days after but hopefully at about 3 months we should both be fairly settled. Glad you have more breast tissue - I have too. Unfortunately I still have too much tummy tissue lol! I need to do some sit ups when I am able to. Take it easy :) xxx
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So glad it's gone well! It's "new you" time!!! Take it easy though - seriously!!!! xx
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Thinking of you today! Hope everything went well :) xx
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Thank you for thinking of me. I've decided to go ahead and have the lift. I don't want to go through surgery twice. So, I'm all set for the 29th and ready! I'm going to go swimming in the ocean now since I'll be unable to do that for awhile. Congratulations on your surgery and hope your healing is going nicely. I'll be posting soon!
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That comment was for Loubedoo. I hit the wrong button!
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That sounds wonderful! Yes, thank you and I hope you have a lovely experience at the hospital. I did, everyone there was great. Feel free to ask me any questions if you have any, being as we're having the op and good luck :)
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Thanks...just two more sleeps! That's how I'm counting it down! Yea! The ocean felt wonderful today. Will probably go tomorrow too, I'm excited to throw out this bathing suit tomorrow! Ha!
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Thank you Laineylou for your kind words. You are right this is the worst part. Anaethesist's secretary rang this morning for last minute details, it hit me then. I spent the morning trying to buy a button up long sleeve shirt. I didn't realize how hard that was going to be. It's still cool here but all the summer stock is coming out and everything is round neck and no opening down the front. I ended up going to a men's store and bought a long sleeve shirt. I will be coming home with drains so I needed button up shirt. I will keep everyone posted after my op. xxxxx




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Hi Maisy

All the very best for your op, everything will be fine, this is the worst part! I will be thinking of you. Please keep us posted. X
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Hi, Maisy,
I'm also having my explant on 8/29. I love reading everyone's advice and stories. I've had mine for 25 years and am 55 years old. Now I'm trying to decide about the lift, but I think I'm leaning towards not having it and seeing how it goes. How about you? Are you getting a lift too, or just going with the explant?
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Hi Yogini7

I've found this site invaluable. Wishing you all the best for 29th. Please keep us posted of your progress.
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Thank you, Laineylou, I will post very soon. I'm so ready for the 29th to arrive. Now I'm getting everything done so I can rest easily. So much support from friends and family. This is an awesome thing. This website has been the best!
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Hi yogini7

I'm the same age as you and had them for 23 years. I had a lift at the same time and I'm now two weeks post op. They recommend having a lift a few months later usually as you may not need one. I knew I would though. Good luck with your op - thinking of you xx
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Hi Maisy

Oh what a shame as it truly is the waiting that is the hardest. Glad the other lady was able to be taken though. Please keep us posted. All the very best. X
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I am sorry to say my op was put off until 29th August . I was all psyched up two days before when doctors secretary rang to ask if I could postpone. I could not complain because my surgeon specializes in breast cancer and he is so busy. My op was his last on the theatre list before he went away for 2 weeks. A lady needed my spot because of breast cancer so I was glad to give up my spot. Thanks for the good wishes Laineylou,
Andi22 and Loubedoo. I will keep you posted.. Without all you wonderful ladies and your wonderful advise I would not have considered having the op. I will be so glad to be rid of these implants. Xxxxx
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Thank you Leona for your good luck wishes. Xxxx
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Hi Maisy

Good luck for your op! I too am embarrassed and I've told everyone who's asked that it's a "womens op" and they don't ask any more questions. I'm also going to wear a padded bra over my surgical bra when I go back to work so as not to draw attention to my lack of boobage! I suspect we are of a similar age as I've had mine for 23 years at the age of 31. Thinking of you xx
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