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Posted by Susan on April 05, 2000 at 14:29:35:

In Reply to: Bilatateral with immediate reconstruction posted by Jean on March 30, 2000 at 12:50:06:

Jean,
I had this procedure a year ago. It was prophylactic with no lymph node removal, chemo or radiation. My plastic surgeon put some saline in the expanders at the time of surgery and covered my chest with a clear tape to maintain the skin and nipples in place. This was removed at the same time the first additional saline was injected. At this time, I went back to work wearing a padded bra until there was enough saline that I no longer needed it. The process was not actually painful, but was uncomfotable. The last additional 100 cc's added made me extremely uncomfortable and tight. After I had the expanders removed and the permanent implants in, I noticed an immediate decrease in tightness, but over the months my pec muscles have tightened and I am rather uncomfortble when up during the day and particularly at night due to my inner arms "going to sleep" when I sleep on my side. My surgeon does not know why this is happening. I don't want to discourage you, but if I had had the option, I would go for some of the newer procedures--not the TRAM, but one where the fat is transferred then a blood supply built from the subclavian artery. Is this an option for you? Be sure to regain and maintain the range of motion of your shoulders as soon as possible. I have the tightness in spite of having full range of motion of my shoulders.

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