Well, after 7 months of having the permanent implant, not to mention the 11 months of having the tissue expander along with all the fills, etc., I developed an infection seemingly overnight, and had to have the implant removed. (I am 1 year and 8 months from dx - stage 3 - er pos - chemo + rads). They don't know where the infection came from. It has been a month since they took it out, and the incision is still slow to heal. They said radiation was the culprit - it causes poor blood supply. I had 30 rads after expansion. I was just curious if there are any other women who have been through this ordeal - I know it's just a bump in the road compared to what many of you have been through, but, good grief - it was like losing my breast all over again.