After breast reconstruction can you leave tissue exapnders in for a few years?

It has been about a year and a half since my tissue expanders were placed but I do not have health insurance until next year.

Doctor Answers 2

Expanders in over a year

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

wow.  I'm sorry to hear that. It is ideal to have the stage 2 done soon.  However unless there's an infection my experience is that the skin etc just settle Down and get softer as time goes on. 

You have had a double mastectomy and the surgery is quite intense and involve 

 Continue on you road with your surgeon. You will have a great result with your board certified plastic surgeon 

Timing for expander swap

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

I am sorry to hear about your health insurance situation.  It is not a problem to leave your expanders in for several years.  Patients are typically much happier once they are removed, as expanders are firm and frequently uncomfortable.  Good luck and I hope your insurance situation gets sorted out soon.

Kelly Killeen, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.