Sometimes a bacterial infection can develop in the tissue around a breast implant or tissue expander during the days or weeks following the reconstruction surgery. Symptoms of an infection can include a high fever and breast pain, redness and/or swelling.
If it appears that antibiotics alone won’t clear the infection, then your surgeon may need to clean out the infected tissue and either replace or completely remove the implant or tissue expander. After this surgery, you will need to continue taking oral or IV (intravenous) antibiotics.
About 8-12 weeks later, if the infection has completely cleared, you can in most cases opt to have surgery to reconstruct the breast again — with a tissue expander, implant, or a tissue flap.
Can we help guide you?
Create a profile for better recommendations
Breast self-exam, or regularly examining your breasts on your own, can be an important way to...
Eating When You Have Nausea and Vomiting
Almost all breast cancer treatments have varying degrees of risk for nausea and vomiting. Some...
Tamoxifen (Brand Names: Nolvadex, Soltamox)
Tamoxifen is the oldest and most-prescribed selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM)....