Breast implants and radiation

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   Posted 3/31/2007 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had a lumpectomy and radiation on my left breast due to DCIS breast cancer.  If in the future I want to get a mastectomy and breast implants, am I able to, or am I not able to at all because I had radiation and the skin won't stretch?
I don't want to do the flap procedures..

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   Posted 4/1/2007 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Eleanor -- I may be wrong but am pretty sure that once you have been radiated most plastic surgeons won't do implants.  I had reconstructive surgery with implants at the time of mastectomy and was radiated but they were already in. I referred a friend to my plastic guy after she had been radiated and she ended up with one of the flap surgeries.  Once the skin has been radiated, it doesn't like to stretch or heal if cut.

Hope this helps -- Jackie

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   Posted 4/3/2007 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I recently had some surgery on my breasts.  I opted to have my un-radiated (is that a word?) breast reduced, but I could have had an implant in my radiated fact that's what my surgeon wanted to do, but I wanted to go smaller.  My surgeon did talk with me about the risks with surgery on my radiated breast and that there might be a problem with healing, but mine healed fine.  I had a breast lift done on it and the other breast reduced and lifted.  I am thrilled with the results.

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   Posted 4/6/2007 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   

I think it's a case of the surgeon.

I have IBC and finished radiation two weeks ago. Surgery is scheduled for May 1st. At my surgical consult, I was given the choice of immediate reconstruction at time of mastectomy.

Because I've chosen not to have reconstruction right now, the flap will be removed, but I can have reconstruction down the road using my stomach muscle (and getting a tummy tuck in the process).


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