I thought I would give more information about my breast cancer. I had a double mastectomy 3/22/2012 stage lllA her2- 15 lymph nodes removed 7 had cancer and my tumor was 3.6 cm expanders were put in same time as mastectomy. 6 chemo treatments which lasted 6 to 7 hours a day, then 36 radiation treatments on right breast. Then implants were placed 1/22/2013 900 cc in one and 950cc in other. so here are a few mor pics. Did this while feeling depressed not knowing the knowledge I would receive.
How Long Will I Have to Wait to Have my Breast Done Over? (photo)
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Doctor Answers 1
How Long to Wait For Breast Revision After Mastectomy, Reconstruction and Radiation
From your photographs and the brief history you gave I will try to offer a reasonable approach to revision after breast reconstruction. The important factor in formulating a plan is the fact that you underwent radiation treatment on the right. In my experience the tissue will start to show signs of radiation dermitis approximately 4 to 8 months after treatment. I would therefore suggest you wait at least 8 to 12 months to allow the reconstructed right breast to fully heal. At that time if the irradiated breast becomes to disfigured then revision would be an option. I have offered the following to my patients in the situation similar to yours.
- Right Latissimus Flap with exchange of implant
- You will probable have to go down at least a cup size to achieve symmetry if revision is necessary
I am sure your reconstructive surgeon will review your options with you at the appropriate time. Good Luck
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