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I will be heading to the surgeon next Tuesday for the implant exchange on my right side. It feels good to be going in for surgery to put something good in versus taking something icky out!

Wish me luck!

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Best of luck to you on the exchange. I am a couple of months behind you. Let us know how it goes. Adrea
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Samdah - will be thinkinking of you when you have your exchange - the implants are soooo soft.  Recovery is so muck is easier than the mastectomy. I did not have drains - hope this is the same for you.  Hugs from Denver, Karen

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Thank you!! I hope it will all go well! It will be nice to have a surgery where I can go home the same day!


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GOOD LUCK TOMORROW SAM!!!!



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Things went great! I went into surgery at noon and I was in recovery by 1:15pm and home about 3:30pm! I have no pain so far and I feel really good.

Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers!



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Samdah - great news - I hope you continue to be pain free.  Karen

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Thanks! I feel pretty good. I am doing some work from home so I must feel good! I can't believe how much softer the recon side is now that the tissue expanders are gone!


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That tissue expander is like a cement balloon.
I am SO GLAD you are doing well!!!
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I feel really good. I wish I didn't have the darn drain, but I guess that is okay.

Buddy and I are at my mom's until Sunday so we are being well taken care of!

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Good for you- there is no place like mom's!
I know, the drain is a pain, but it makes healing so much easier.
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I despise the drain!! But, all things considered, I guess I can handle it!


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So very sorry I somehow missed that you had recon. Glad you are recovering so well and that you are happy with the results. The drains are a real pain alright but you heal so much better and faster with them.
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Sam, when i get my recon redo he is using drains because I have so much post-surgical swelling that it contributed to my recon not turning out right. I am glad you have the drain, even though it is a royal pain... in the long run it will be worth it.
Have you ever seen the "massage" you have to do to prevent contracture?

here is the link-
http://www.advanced-art.com/Breast-Aug-Massage.htm



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I haven't seen that before, thanks so much!

I am back to work today. No issues. I never took pain pills only a couple of Tylenol the first two days. It was such an easy surgery compared to everything else!



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I know- it really is almost painless... for once!

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That is so good to hear Samdah!  I am glad you are feeling so well.
I have a question.  I am sitting here, one week out of bilateral with expanders.  How long was this process for you?  How many weeks, months with expanders?  How many fills? 
Thanks in advance my dear, and continued healing.
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I got the drain out today, thank goodness!

I had my tissue expanders put in at the time of my mastectomy. I went in every 2 weeks, then 4 weeks, then 6 weeks for fills. I started that process in December and just had my implant exchange last week. My doctor said that now they will watch the permanent implants for a couple of months and see how they are doing. Then, we can make adjustments as necessary and talk about nipple reconstruction.

So, it is a long process. But, one that I think has been worth it so far! Good luck to you Paula!

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Paula - I had my expanders put in at time of bilat.  I went for fills every 3 weeks after my chemo - PS and onc were in the same bldg, just different floors.  Three fills total (not sure what he put in at time of placement).  After the 3rd fill I was miserable  so I had the PS take 50cc out.  I think I ended up with 400cc total.  My initial set of implants were 300cc, but now I have 200cc (surgery was 2 weeks ago).  Due to chemo and then rads, I had my expanders almost 13 months.  PS wanted to wait 6 months post rads to do the exchange.  I saw PS fairly frequently - as the radiated side fell so had it fixed 4 months after exchange.  Then had it done again 2 weeks ago as it fell again - and decided to have both implants out as I thought they were too big.  Need to now think about tattooing the finishing touches.

How are you feeling - only one week out of surgery!!  Wishing you a continued easy recovery.  I guess how long the process is for you depends if you have chemo and /or rads.

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