I am having my expanders taken out. How does that work?
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XRT and expanders
Expanders and radiation
It would be worthwhile to ask your plastic surgeon to talk to the radiation oncologist. Most times, the radiation can be done with expanders in, but occasionally they may interfere with setting up the radiation tangents. If that is the case, it may be possible for your surgeon to temporarily deflate your expanders, then re-inflate once radiation is complete.
It can be difficult to go back after radiation and place new expanders - in that case sometimes it's better to do flap reconstruction.
If you can avoid taking out the expanders and instead have them deflated or partially deflated, this would probably be simpler and may preserve more options for you in the future.
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