Expander nightmare

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


  • 35 total posts
  • 2 reviews
  • 2 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

Recent comments from Expander nightmare

You will have lots of options...38D or 40DD are pretty common sizes. You might want to consider Lane Bryant...they cater to bigger frames and they have pretty options, not the matronly things offered at the bigger department stores... READ COMMENT

Beth is there some way to link my review to the provider? If you search my providers name there are no reviews. I now know of 2 other women with breast reconstruction disasters done by Dr. Figura and would really like to warn anyone... READ COMMENT

The implants should look slightly better than the expanders, but don't expect anything more than an A cup . Most surgeons fill the expanders to a larger volume than the implant size they plan to use, wait at least 30'days for things to... READ COMMENT

I am an OBGYN surgeon. First off I want to congratulate you on you weight loss post pregnancy. Well done! Breast MRI is required with the silicone or "gummy bear" implants. Surgeons recommend every 3-5 years and you can expect insurance... READ COMMENT

LOL. My stretch marks were pre-existing thanks to 4 breastfed babies. One day I was a C cup and when the milk came in it was instant DDDD (or 32G!) I couldnt find any bras to fit so I lived in a tight tube top for months. I do know... READ COMMENT