Tissue expander causing problems

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Tissue expander causing problems

by hocema171 on Fri Aug 29, 2008 12:00 AM

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Right after my bilaterial masectomy I had tissue expanders placed in. I have  gotten them pumped up a few times. Now I am having problems with my incisions not healing up. I have always been unable to wear earrings, I would break out because of the medal, and last year, way before my diagnosis, I was breaking out by my belly button when I wore this certain pain of jeans. and even in my back by my bra area at times would just break out and be itchy., I think I am allergic to certian kinds of metals. I just realized that these tissue expanders have a medal in them. Could this be the problem as to why i am not healing properly? Has anyone else experienced this problem? I am tryin hard to quit smoking. that may be the cause of the healing issues but, I just had that thought about the medal in the expander

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by breastless1 on Wed Sep 03, 2008 12:00 AM

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Wow never heard there was "metal" in tissue expanders

Where did you learn that?? Got any links with that information? Also, yes, smoking can delay healing. Maybe get the patch to either quit for now or for good? I'm thinking of it too. My friend used Chantrix [not sure of spelling but I'm about to check it out}

Good lucke

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by breastless1 on Wed Sep 03, 2008 12:00 AM

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Wow never heard there was "metal" in tissue expanders

Where did you learn that?? Got any links with that information? Also, yes, smoking can delay healing. Maybe get the patch to either quit for now or for good? I'm thinking of it too. My friend used Chantrix [not sure of spelling but I'm about to check it out}

Good luck!

[[[hugs]] everybody needs them

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by hocema171 on Thu Sep 04, 2008 12:00 AM

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Hello, I had read on the card that my doctor gave me when my tissue expanders were put it. It says the expanders contain a metallic component. I asked my plastic surgeron about it, he said that would not be causing my problems. I had to go to outpatient surgery tuesday and he cut out all the dead tissue on both sides (pretty much my whole incision scars) and redid them both. He also removed the expanders. We are going to wait six weeks and start again. Put the expanders in, and start my pump ups over. And I was just getting breasts again and now I am flat as a board again! But It will be well worth it. I do have drain tubes in again and that is a pain. They seem to hurt more this time than last. I also AM A NON SMOKER, as of Aug 29th. I know that had alot to do with my healing. I said lots of prayers and did get the chantix. It really helps.I hardly ever think about smoking. When I do I just imagine my boob and the hole I saw in it. My mom died from breast cancer and she smoked. The same thing happened to her. She had a hole in her neck where the incision split. I will never smoke again!!!!!!  good luck to you!.

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by tam92407 on Fri Sep 19, 2008 12:00 AM

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You sound like you have a nickel allergy, as I do.  I recently had a bilateral mastectomy and had no problem whatsoever with one side and a constant infection on the other.  I was told there is no metal in the expanders, as I was very concerned given my allergy.  Had there been, I would have had problems with both!!!

I wasn't healing well on the one side and was hospitalized and on heavy duty antibiotics and they were able to save my expander.

I have no idea what would have caused your situation but I would not worry about the metal when you have them redone in the future.

Good Luck!

 

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by ladyk8130 on Wed Jan 16, 2013 09:24 PM

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On Aug 29, 2008 12:00 AM hocema171 wrote:

Right after my bilaterial masectomy I had tissue expanders placed in. I have  gotten them pumped up a few times. Now I am having problems with my incisions not healing up. I have always been unable to wear earrings, I would break out because of the medal, and last year, way before my diagnosis, I was breaking out by my belly button when I wore this certain pain of jeans. and even in my back by my bra area at times would just break out and be itchy., I think I am allergic to certian kinds of metals. I just realized that these tissue expanders have a medal in them. Could this be the problem as to why i am not healing properly? Has anyone else experienced this problem? I am tryin hard to quit smoking. that may be the cause of the healing issues but, I just had that thought about the medal in the expander

I also had a problem with the metal in the tissue expander.  After my mastectomy, I was shown the actual expander and at the time never thought to ask what was inside because it was very heavy.  My plastic surgeon confirmed metal was inside.  I have an ultra sensitivity to metal and had real problems with the expander.  Ultimately, the expander was removed and now I am not sure what, if any, options I have for reconstruction. With the expander I got a styph infection and was in the doctor's office every week for 6 weeks because my breast was getting worse each week.  On the sixth visit, I insisted the expander be removed.  Really scary situation.  

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by ladyk8130 on Wed Jan 16, 2013 09:30 PM

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On Sep 04, 2008 12:00 AM hocema171 wrote:

Hello, I had read on the card that my doctor gave me when my tissue expanders were put it. It says the expanders contain a metallic component. I asked my plastic surgeron about it, he said that would not be causing my problems. I had to go to outpatient surgery tuesday and he cut out all the dead tissue on both sides (pretty much my whole incision scars) and redid them both. He also removed the expanders. We are going to wait six weeks and start again. Put the expanders in, and start my pump ups over. And I was just getting breasts again and now I am flat as a board again! But It will be well worth it. I do have drain tubes in again and that is a pain. They seem to hurt more this time than last. I also AM A NON SMOKER, as of Aug 29th. I know that had alot to do with my healing. I said lots of prayers and did get the chantix. It really helps.I hardly ever think about smoking. When I do I just imagine my boob and the hole I saw in it. My mom died from breast cancer and she smoked. The same thing happened to her. She had a hole in her neck where the incision split. I will never smoke again!!!!!!  good luck to you!.

My plastic surgeon said the same thing about the metal not being the problem.  I had outpatient surgery as well and now waiting to start my radiation treatment and will then go back for options on reconstruction.  It is really strange not having a breast...but its a blessing having life!

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