After expander removal possible infection? Feels like my ribs are bruised, redness, edema and swelling (photo)
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Expander loss after breast reconstruction
In my practice, fat grafting is an important tool in breast reconstruction, including achieving total breast reconstruction after mastectomy. Fat grafting may have a role in your reconstruction in the future.
Breast reconstruction after a failed implant reconstruction
Three basic forms of breast reconstruction exist. You can use your own tissue, implants or a combination of the previous two techniques. Your own tissue can be used in the form of the DIEP flap, PAP flap, SGAP flap or fat grafting. Implants can be done in one stage or two stage. Two stage reconstructions are started by placing expanders at the time of mastectomy. Once they expanders are placed they are able to be inflated as determined by wound healing. The final time consists of combining any of the above techniques.
If you are interested in being seen in Austin please give us a call. I know this is a difficult time for you. The majority of my practice is devoted to reconstruction for women with breast cancer or who are BRCA+
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You wil be fine
1) reinsertion of the expander and then change them to implants later
2) Bilateral breast reconstruction with tissue form lower abdomen
3) Serial fat grafting with or without implants
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