Expander nightmare

Location: Pennsylvania, PA
Member since 5/14/2013


  • 59 total posts
  • 2 reviews
  • 3 questions

Reviews & Stories

Post Bilateral Mastectomy Implants Replaced with Fat Only - Key Biscayne, FL

My double mastectomy, expander process and implant placement was a complete mess. I endured 4 surgeries, thousands of dollars out of pocket, a life threatening MRSA inflection and 10 months out of work only to end up with the inability to move either arm normally, constant pain, and a cosmetic result that gave me a set of AA rock hard cold "breasts" . I would have been far happier with... READ MORE

Bilateral Tissue Expander / Silicone implant Breast Reconstruction for unilateral cancer

Bilateral mastectomies for unilateral infiltrating carcinoma with immediate tissue expander placement. SEVERE pain and muscle spasms started immediately post op and were unrelieved with pain meds +/or muscle relaxants. Plastic surgeon was very aggressive in pushing forward towards swap out but I ended up hospitalized because of intractable pain. Had to have expanders with only 280 and 340 ml... READ MORE

Questions from Expander nightmare

What Are the Reason(s) for Tissue Expanders in Breast Reconstruction?

In a skin sparing mastectomy breast reconstruction where radiation therapy is not planned are tissue expanders used to enlarge the remaining skin or to just to enlarge the... READ MORE

How is symmastia managed? What are its causes and is there any non-surgical option for me to reverse it?

What is the incidence of symmastia after tissue expander / implant reconstruction. What are its causes and is there anything I can do other than further surgery to reverse it? READ MORE

What is the incidence of capsular contracture for submuscular implants?

What is the incidence of capsular contraction for under the muscle implants by type ( saline, silicone, gummibear, textured and smooth). Everything I have read says "less than... READ MORE

Recent comments from Expander nightmare

Your swelling will go down but it takes time. Be sure to wear your compression garments for as long as possible, even a month after you think the swelling is all gone. I also removed my implants and had fat grafting and my breasts now... READ COMMENT

My new surgeon is Roger Khouri, MD from Miami, Florida. The office is crazy but I give him 12 out of 10 stars. There are some others that I know of who trained under him who are also excellent as well as another resource that I can't... READ COMMENT

Survived . The grafts were done 3 to 6 months apart. I am completely implant free and as the fat was added my tissues softened and I was able to get back most of the range of motion in my arms, I can now breathe deeply without pain. As... READ COMMENT

I had the implant on the right also removed since I was developing a severe capsular contracture with nerve entrapment. The pain was unbearable. I underwent a total of 5 fat grafts, about 200 ml on each side each time, and my best... READ COMMENT

I can't tell much because of the flash but the last photo looks like you have fabulous cleavage. You fever issues must have finally cleared up. Hopefully these photos mean you are now done, feeling well and finally happy with your results. READ COMMENT