Are uncomfortable expanders normal?


Question from Milissa: My expanders are too high and uncomfortable all the time, especially the two weeks after chemo. Is this normal?
Answers - Maurice Nahabedian It is not uncommon for the temporary tissue expander to be positioned higher on the chest wall than we would like. This is usually a consequence of the action of the muscle and the ensuing scar tissue that forms. When the temporary expander is removed and a permanent implant is inserted, the implant can then be placed in an ideal location.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. Sometimes the discomfort associated with a tissue expander comes from pressure put on the chest wall beneath it. This discomfort will also improve once the expander is replaced with the implant.

On Wednesday, November 19, 2003, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Breast Reconstruction. Maurice Nahabedian, M.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answered your questions about different techniques in breast reconstruction, the pros and cons of implants and body tissue transfers, when you might want to reconstruct, and many more issues related to rebuilding your breast/s after breast cancer surgery.

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