Muscle + Breast Reconstruction

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Can the Pectoral Muscle Be Manipulated to Bring the Implanted Breasts Closer Together? (photo)

Hi Doctor, Recently I had bilateral mastectomy with tissue expanders. I noticed that my pectoral muscles push the breasts apart (towards my armpits).... READ MORE

How to Repair Muscle Damage Due to Expander Extrusion Post Double Mastectomy?

2 months post double mastectomy-undergoing expansion-prepping for implant exchange. 3 weeks ago expander pushed through muscle (still under the... READ MORE

How long does it take for the muscle to heal from explantation? The expanders were placed under the muscle & placed in Feb '14

I'm 49. I am a 16 month surviver of breast cancer. I had a bilateral mastectomy in May 2013. I felt rushed & pressured to go ahead & do reconstruction... READ MORE

Very non-compliant patient needing clearer guidelines. How much do I really need to listen to restrictions?

I had a double mastectomy 9 months ago and was back at the gym 2 weeks later lifting. I had reconstruction surgery a few days ago. I opted for the... READ MORE

Is alloderm supposed to soften skin or strengthen muscles?

After a be lateral mastectomy with expanders place, allodrem was used, but it seems to be just tacked in a few places rather than sewed in... READ MORE

Is it okay to straighten the chest muscles before Implant Reconstruction?

I'm planning to have a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy with tissue expander to implant reconstruction this spring. I'm no body builder, but I do... READ MORE

Do patients just have to get used to chest muscle tightness over implants?

I had a prophylactic double mastectomy two years ago. Everything was fine until about 2 months ago when my chest muscles began to tighten over the... READ MORE

Are there implant techniques that are less damaging to the muscle?

I am having bilateral mastectomies due to cancer and my doctor says I will loose 40% of function/strength in my pecs. READ MORE

Plastic surgeon said I am a candidate for DIEP flap but there is a small chance he may need to remove some muscle. Why is this?

I saw a board certified plastic surgeon. I am brca + and want prophylactic mastectomy. The PS does DIEP & said I am a candidate. Results of MRA of... READ MORE

Can I lift weights?

I have had silicone breast implants behind the muscle, when lifting anything heavy it feels like my boobs are going to burst out of my chest - so... READ MORE

How is a hernia caused by trans flap breast reconstruction repaired?

I am scheduled for laparoscopic repair of a large hernia in my right lower abdomen using mesh. Since part of the muscle was used for the breast... READ MORE

Can you have capsule contraction w/breast reconstruction (pec holding the implant in place)? How can I ease the discomfort?

I had a pbm with direct implant reconstruction 2 years ago. My sister has commented that my right breast looks odd in certain exercises. Recently, I... READ MORE

I had breast cancer with reconstruction

They used the muscle from my back and implants, I have been very ill and want the implants taken out I have had them for almost 6 yrs can they make... READ MORE

Muscle that goes around implant hurts

Very aggressive breast cancer last year with implant 15 months ago, Itchy under implant but more concerning is for a week the muscle on top of implant... READ MORE

Can expander/implant be so tight as to cause daily muscle pain at the top of the shoulder (trapezius) & up the side of the neck?

I've had this pain since Jan2015. Expander was exchanged w/implant Jan2015. I changed positions of sitting at work, I tried taking 10 days of high... READ MORE

Torn chest muscle with expansion. How often does this happen?

I had a tissue expander inserted and after the last expansion I felt a lot more pain then the previous appointments and my skin turned red and shiney.... READ MORE

What do I do now - tight chest muscle 4th implant and had Doris flap to soften breast (photo)

Double mast. 2009, tissue exp. 6 mths radio L breast. 12 mths perm implants 3 mths nipples grafted, 9 mths severe contract implant migrated 2 armpit.... READ MORE

Is it standard procedure to stitch the pectoral muscle down to hold implant in place after reconstruction?

One breast is still too high after revision surgery. The muscle was in the stitched down position for over 4 years. That breast was flat and wide on... READ MORE

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