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Questions about Delayed Breast Reconstruction.
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|3/28/2010||What recoonstructive procedure would have the best outcome for a me? I have had four surgeries in the right axilla, and I hear conflicting information about whether that presents a problem for flap reconstruction. Some sources think the blood supply may be too compromised. I also have a mild autoimmune disorder, and I'm fairly thin - about 5'4" and 125 pounds. I had a bilateral mastectomy and a radiation oncologist has recommended that I also have radiation. Should I have tissue expanders put in before I start the radiation?|
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|3/28/2010||we'd need to physically see you to determine what you are a candidate for. given you need radiation post mastectomy though, implants usually don't work very well post radiation. the purpose of putting in a tissue expander as a space holder has been lost since its purpose is to save your breast skin and do a skin sparing mastectomy. i assume a traditional nonskin sparing mastectomy was done instead. that said, post radiation by 6-8 months you might be a candidate for S-GAP- taking hiney fat. if you want to come our way call 443-287-2778. L|
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