Expander nightmare

Location: Pennsylvania, PA
Member since 5/14/2013


  • 41 total posts
  • 2 reviews
  • 3 questions

Reviews by Expander nightmare

Bilateral Breast Reconstruction for unilateral cancer

Bilateral mastectomies for unilateral infiltrating carcinoma with immediate tissue expander placement. SEVERE pain and muscle spasms started immediately post op and were unrelieved with pain meds +/or muscle relaxants. Plastic surgeon was very aggressive in pushing forward towards swap out but I... READ MORE

Post Bilateral Mastectomy Implants Replaced with Fat Only - Key Biscayne, FL

My double mastectomy, expander process and implant placement was a complete mess. I endured 4 surgeries, thousands of dollars out of pocket, a life threatening MRSA inflection and 10 months out of work only to end up with the inability to move either arm normally, constant pain, and a cosmetic... READ MORE

Questions from Expander nightmare

What Are the Reason(s) for Tissue Expanders in Breast Reconstruction?

In a skin sparing mastectomy breast reconstruction where radiation therapy is not planned are tissue expanders used to enlarge the remaining skin or to just to enlarge the... READ MORE

How is symmastia managed? What are its causes and is there any non-surgical option for me to reverse it?

What is the incidence of symmastia after tissue expander / implant reconstruction. What are its causes and is there anything I can do other than further surgery to reverse it? READ MORE

What is the incidence of capsular contracture for submuscular implants?

What is the incidence of capsular contraction for under the muscle implants by type ( saline, silicone, gummibear, textured and smooth). Everything I have read says "less than... READ MORE

Recent comments from Expander nightmare

I was (and still am) overweight at 5'8 and 213 at the time of my mastectomy and was a very saggy C/D. I had almost 3 pounds of breast tissue removed by the mastectomy. I have just finished my 4th grafting session and have had about... READ COMMENT

Yes, I used Brava domes off and on for a year. Sure, ask away. My surgeon is Dr Khouri at the Miami Breast Center READ COMMENT

I hope things turned out well with your second surgeon. Please let us know how that turned out. READ COMMENT

Thank you so much for doing this. When I started the process the re were a few still pictures but video add a whole new dimension. I am almost finished with my reconstruction and am more than thrilled with my results. I hope yours turns... READ COMMENT

Good luck, I hope all goes well! READ COMMENT