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Tissue Expanders for Dummies by Brenda Coffee Health Maven Posted Wed 06 Jul 2011 2:48pm ©Brenda Coffee. All rights reserved. Before my first breast reconstruction surgery, I stuffed socks into my bra so my flat chest matched the size of my other breast. Since I’m not big on carrying a purse, it wasn’t long before I started filling the empty bra cup with practical things like cell phone, money, driver’s license and keys. Jame ... Read on »
Reader Question – After Mastectomy, Alloderm, Expanders – Wounds Won’t Heal – Picture Alert by Dr. John D. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted Fri 05 Feb 2010 12:00am 1 Comment Dear Dr. I had a double mastectomy in mid December. I had tissue expanders and alloderm put in right away. My problem is I am not healing. I had surgery six weeks later to try to close the wounds again but here I am with open wounds again. You can see the alloderm. It is very painful also. I am so afraid because it has been so long ... Read on »
Breast Reconstruction Surgery - Part I - Tissue Expanders, Breast Implants and Alloderm by Dr. C Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted Thu 22 Jan 2009 6:53pm 6 Comments This posting is the first of a 3-part series on breast reconstructive surgery  discussing the reconstructive options available to women facing mastectomy for breast cancer. Every woman has a right to breast reconstruction. This has now actually become a federal mandate and insurance companies are required to pay for all types of breast reconst ... Read on »
Breast Reconstruction Surgery - Part I - Tissue Expanders, Breast Implants and Alloderm by Dr. C Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted Sun 04 Jan 2009 8:27pm This posting is the first of a 3-part series on breast reconstructive surgery  discussing the reconstructive options available to women facing mastectomy for breast cancer. Every woman has a right to breast reconstruction. This has now actually become a federal mandate and insurance companies are required to pay for all types of breast recon ... Read on »
Breast Reconstruction With Tissue Much Safer Than Implants When Radiation Planned After Mastectomy by Dr. C Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted Thu 22 Jan 2009 6:53pm A study published in the November issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics examined the effect of radiation therapy on different methods of immediate breast reconstruction surgery. For breast cancer patients who receive radiation therapy after a mastectomy and immediate breast reconstruction, autologous tissue recons ... Read on »
Breast Reconstruction With Tissue Much Safer Than Implants When Radiation Planned After Mastectomy by Dr. C Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted Mon 29 Dec 2008 3:14pm A study published in the November issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics examined the effect of radiation therapy on different methods of immediate breast reconstruction surgery . For breast cancer patients who receive radiation therapy after a mastectomy and immediate breast reconstruction, autologous tissue rec ... Read on »
Letters From My Mastectomy by Sara T Posted Sat 27 Oct 2012 9:59am Do you ever look at old emails, love letters, and feel a wave of satisfaction because of how far you’ve come?  I was cleaning out my inbox, and I found some correspondence between me and a fellow BRCA1 mutation carrier (who had not had her mastectomy yet) about my mastectomy recovery process. I’m currently in a great place physically and em ... Read on »
Breast Reconstruction Surgery Options After Mastectomy by Dr. C Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted Mon 25 Jan 2010 7:04pm 1 Comment Every woman has a right to breast reconstruction surgery after breast cancer. This has been a federal mandate for some time and insurance companies have to pay for breast reconstruction surgery by law. There is no age limitation for breast reconstruction and there are many different options available. "Immediate" breast reconstruction is per ... Read on »
One-Step Reconstruction with Implants and Alloderm by Dr. C Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted Thu 12 Jul 2012 2:12pm The most common method of breast reconstruction currently performed in the US uses temporary implants ("tissue expanders"). These are exchanged later at a second surgery for the permanent breast implants (either saline or silicone). The tissue expanders can either be placed at the same time as the mastectomy or some time later. They are infl ... Read on »
Alloderm Breast Reconstruction by Dr. C Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted Wed 02 Nov 2011 10:01pm Alloderm is now being used routinely in breast reconstruction. Here's what you need to know... First off, what is it? AlloDerm is derived from donated (cadaveric) human skin. It is FDA approved and is used in many different types of reconstructive surgery including breast reconstruction. Before being packaged for use, the Alloderm undergo ... Read on »