I had a breast reconstruction 9 years ago, I'm getting a lot of pain, it feels like I'm having a heart attack. Any suggestions?

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I had a breast reconstruction 9 years ago, I'm getting a lot of pain, it feels like I'm having a heart attack. Any suggestions?

First and foremost, you should see a doctor asap as you could actually be having a heart attack or other pathology causing the pain. Once evaluated, if there is nothing more serious going on, the pain could be secondary to an implant (if you had implant based reconstruction). There is actually a chronic pain syndrome associated with implants. It is not uncommon for this pain to start many years after reconstruction. Have you thought about autologous reconstruction such as DIEP free flaps etc? 

I had a breast reconstruction 9 years ago, I'm getting a lot of pain, it feels like I'm having a heart attack. Any suggestions?

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First and foremost, you should see a doctor asap as you could actually be having a heart attack or other pathology causing the pain. Once evaluated, if there is nothing more serious going on, the pain could be secondary to an implant (if you had implant based reconstruction). There is actually a chronic pain syndrome associated with implants. It is not uncommon for this pain to start many years after reconstruction. Have you thought about autologous reconstruction such as DIEP free flaps etc? 

Pain after reconstruction

You may be developing capsular contractures if you had implant based reconstruction or scarring if you had flap based reconstruction. Recommend an evaluation by a board certified plastic surgeon. Best, Dr. Yegiyants

Pain after reconstruction

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You may be developing capsular contractures if you had implant based reconstruction or scarring if you had flap based reconstruction. Recommend an evaluation by a board certified plastic surgeon. Best, Dr. Yegiyants

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