My expander has a leak. Does it need to be replaced? My surgeon says no. (Photo)
Doctor Answers 3
Leak Tissue Expander
Thanks for your question. In case of tissue expander leaking, I would not recommend you keep filling it because your tissue is now too thin. You would better leave it this way for about 6-12 months. This will allow your radiated tissue to rest and get ready before another surgery.
It depends. If the expander has a large whole and it leaks fast then it will be hard to see that space open. If it is leaking slow and the pocket is being held open then sure it can be left alone. It is hard to tell but your surgeon may feel there is enough space to get the implant they want in the pocket regardless so you may not need it replaced. It's really a call made by your surgeon. I have had similar cases and not replaced it and have had cases I did need to replace it.
Deflated tissue expander
If one side is deflating, it can never be expanded adequately to get a decent size implant in there. I can't see how this isn't a problem. You need it replaced, which is a pretty simple procedure.
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