Alloderm left behind after extenders removed due to chronic inflammation

My plastic surgeon removed my breast extenders due to chronic inflammation. He left the Alloderm in even though I am not a candidate for any kind of reconstruction. My left side continually pains me and is extremely tight and my shoulder is frozen. I Am convinced that the Alloderm along with 36 rounds of radiation really did damage on the extender that was shriveled and had to be cut out in 3 sections on left side. The tightness is unbearable and I have nueropathy. Help ! I need advice.

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Alloderm left behind after extenders removed due to chronic inflammation

If your Alloderm has completely incorporated into your tissues, it's unlikely that it is responsible for your symptoms.  More likely, the inflammation from your infection and scar from radiation and surgery are responsible.  Post mastectomy coordinated rehab (directed through your physician) may help.
Also, at some point you will be a candidate for reconstruction again, but the reconstruction will likely take the form of autologous tissue.


Castle Rock Plastic Surgeon
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AlloDerm left behind

Your situation sounds a bit complex. If you have had 36 rounds of radiation I would guess this it the radiation more likely than the AlloDerm that has caused tightness and neuropathy. Residual AlloDerm typically does not cause pain or tightness and I do not think it is contributing to the frozen shoulder. It sounds like you might benefit from consultation with a pain management specialist and from an appropriate course of physical therapy. Wishing you good luck.

Neal Handel, MD
Santa Barbara Plastic Surgeon
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