Nov 01, 2001 - 1:34 pm
Hello, this is Sharon from Louisiana. Has anyone out there gone through breast reconstruction, only to have it fail? On August 15 I had a muscle taken from my back and transfered to my chest, at which time they put in a tissue expander. Things seemed to be going along ok for about three weeks. Then the incesion started to breakdown (this is what the doctor called it)the incesion had what looked to me like a scab. The doctor gave me a special sulation and told me to keep it moist. I did this for about two weeks, then went back to the doctor for a check up. At this check up the doctor cut the incesion open and had me to pack it with a different type of sulation for another two weeks. When I went back for my check up it was so inflamed that I had to have emergency surgery to remove the tissue expander. My doctor told me that it was becasue I smoked (I was down to one cigerette per day). He said that the incesion could not heal due to the nicotine. I still have the muscle which was transfered to my chest and once they took out the expander, the incesion has healed. Now I have are a lot more scars. Wish I would have left well enough alone.
Just wanted to know if anyone else has experienced anything like this!