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Tell me about chemotherapy after mastectomy and tissue expander?

Tell me about chemotherapy after mastectomy and tissue expander?

May need to postpone: If you need chemotherapy following mastectomy, your surgery dates may need to be tailored as chemotherapy can delay wound healing. I typically postpone the second stage of surgery (exchange of tissue expanders for implants) for six weeks following your last chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more


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What exactly does a breast reconstruction tissue expander do? It's been almost a year since my mastectomy. During my breast reconstruction consultation, my surgeon mentioned using a tissue expander to make room for my new breast. How does this work? .

It Expands..: After a mastectomy, assuming you are going to have an implant reconstruction, a space needs to be created to accomodate a soft implant. A tissue expander is like a deflated balloon that the doctor pumps up in their office (usually weekly) afte putting it in flat. It creates the space for a permanent implant to be put later. ...Read more

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Can plavix (clopidogrel) interfere with the healing of reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy? I had a bilateral mastectomy 6 months ago with immediate reconstruction. In oct the one expander broke thru suture line...Causing me to have it removed. Nov

Can plavix (clopidogrel) interfere with the healing of  reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy? I had a bilateral mastectomy 6 months ago with immediate reconstruction. In oct the one expander broke thru suture line...Causing me to have it removed. Nov

Any : Any drug that affects bleeding can interfere with surgical healing. Plavix (clopidogrel) inhibits platelet function and thereby inhibits the ability for blood clots to form. This is good for your arteries (prevents heart attack and stroke), but can present a problem for surgery. Generally, surgeons are able to operate safely while a patient remains on plavix, but if the drug is able to safely be stopped then it is preferable to not operate on plavix. The key decision is to weigh the cardiovascular risk of stopping Plavix vs. The surgical risk of continuing it. If you have had a recent cardiac stenting procedure, then stopping Plavix can be very dangerous. I would suggest that you talk with your cardiologist and ask him/her to discuss your specific case with your breast surgeon. ...Read more

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Surgery of double mastectomy with tissue expanders. How long is the recovery?

Surgery of double mastectomy with tissue expanders. How long is the recovery?

Weeks: Most women will require hospitalization for 2-3 days for pain control; most may return to a non-strenuous job in (2 to...) 3 weeks. Depending on other treatment, the tissue expansion may start at that point and last for months, culminating in out-patient surgery to remove the expanders and place the permanent implants. I hope this helps! ...Read more

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Just had surgery of double mastectomy with tissue expanders, how long recovery and will i need a nurse when i come home?

Just had surgery of double mastectomy with tissue expanders, how long recovery and will i need a nurse when i come home?

Can be long: Everyone is different. Expect to spend the night in the hospital and go home the next day. Most people are able to get up and about on their own. There are definite restrictions in your activity but these will mainly be things family members can manage. You will have drains that are very very easy to use and care for. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could someone get cancer again if they have a double mastectomy with reconstruction that uses their own tissue?

Please tell me, could someone get cancer again if they have a double mastectomy with reconstruction that uses their own tissue?

Sadly, yes: A person can have a local recurrence in the chest, be it in the skin, the chest wall itself, or residual breast tissue left at the time of surgery. Also, metastases in other organs can happen despite the mastectomies. Do not confuse recurrence of the old cancer with the development of new cancer of the breast. ...Read more

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Is it likely for men to donate breast tissue to women who have undergone mastectomys?

Is it likely for men to donate breast tissue to women who have undergone mastectomys?

Tissue transplant: Between individuals require tissue matching and immunosuppresant meds which can be complicated and sometimes even dangerous. So it is usually reserved for internal organs which are necessary to sustain life. Breast transplants are not worth this risk. ...Read more

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Is mastectomy only way for me to get rid of painful scar tissue and cysts inside my breasts?

Is mastectomy only way for me to get rid of painful scar tissue and cysts inside my breasts?

Possibly: But seek opinion of breast surgeon. Subcutaneous mastectomy and implants may be a choice depending on he specific anatomy. ...Read more

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Mastectomy (Definition)

A mastectomy is complete removal of all visible breast tissue. Different variations exist, some of which spare some or all of ...Read more