May 05, 2003 - 3:50 pm
I'm trying to find anyone out there who has had a tissue expander placed in a breast that has been radiated. I had a right mastectomy in 1998, with chemo and radiation following. I am now (5/03) going ahead with reconstruction. I had a prophylactic (sp?) mastectomy on the left and had tissue expanders placed in both breasts. The left expander is tight but very bearable. The right (and radiated) breast is very tight and very uncomfortable. The breasts don't match either. The radiated breast is high and the left is more natural. Has anyone else chosen this method? And did you have pain? I'm extremely uncomfortable and can't imagine continually pumping more saline in. Does the final implant feel comfortable and look natural like the other breast? Thanks for any feedback.