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How long do the tissue expanders usually stay in for?

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Learning About Breast Cancer about 2 years
  • Lisa Taylor Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I've had mine in since 1/12/12 hopefully they will come out this year! Had 20 cycles of chemo and 28 of Radation
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    • T H Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Lisa.. How did you do with TE after radiation? Did you ever get a infection while you had them? And how was your exchange surgery? Thank you Tena

      about 1 year Flag
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  • melissa perlman Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Everyone is different. Dependent on if you need to go through rad and/or chemo and how long they take to fill. I didn't need either and mine were in for 3 months.
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    • Lori Crumpton Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Melissa, I had a dbl mastectomy March 27 and have expanders in now. Just wondering about the surgery that I'll have to remove them and receive the permanent ones..... How long is recovery time for that operation?

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    • Lori Crumpton Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Also, I've been told to have expanders filled up a little more than what size I actually want to be. Is that true?

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  • Linda Williams Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    my CS told me they can stay in indeffinatly (spelling)
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      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Linda, tissue expanders do not last indefintely. Please get a second opinion

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    • Linda Williams Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      thanks but I'm happy with the one I got

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  • Blair Greiner Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Mine will be in longer because I will need to heal from radiation before I can have reconstruction. Mine will be in for over a year
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