Mar 16, 2013 - 11:29 am
Approximately a year ago after about six months or so of receiving radiation, I got a lengthy text from a friend about this wonderful dr. that did her surgery for breast reconstruction. She went on and on about how wonderful he was and how the surgery had helped her self image tremendously. I, of course,have been dealing with that same problem with my self image after 15 months of having no breasts. So I decided to go ahead and get the surgery. This is a summary of what has happened since that decision.
I only had radiation on my right side and the dr. said it was a "good" candidate for the surgery and my left was a "great" candidate.
I had tissue expander surgery in June and everything was fine until the middle of July. I started to have a high fever and was in the hospital for a few days with staph. I was treated by an infectious disease dr. through an IV for several weeks after that.
Around November, it looked like all was well, I was able to get expanded to the point of being ready for implant surgery. That surgery took place on December 26th. The Dr. went in through a different part of my breast to prevent any reoccurence of staph.
All was fine with that surgery until February 21st when I started to have leakage on my right side (same place I had problems with staph in July). I went into ER and was treated for staph. My plastic surgeon took out my implant because it was contaminated and put another one in at the site I had problems with all along.
On March 3rd I had emergency surgery due to the fact my stitches were coming apart at the problem area (this area I've been talking about is close to my armpit where I had 11 lymph nodes removed- it is a small circular wound that is very fragile with hardly any skin coverage.)
During this past week I started to have leakage again and was told yesterday that I will have to have another surgery to clean up that same area under my armpit and to have a drain put in.
I am trying really hard not to let this get to me but am wondering if this is normal to go through. I have done some research and have seen that it is not recommended to have tissue expander/implant surgery on radiated skin. Could I have avoided all of this if I didn't jump in on a friend's wonderful experience??
Thanks for all of your input on this