Ask the Doctor- Is There Anything New Out There?

This week, James E. Craigie, MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question.

Question:  I’m wanting to know if there are any new options. I’ve had both breasts removed in 2013. Had another surgery to put in expanders. Got cellulitis. Had another surgery to remove infection.  There was none there. Spent a week in the hospital. Came home on a IV drip. Had expanders removed. Left me badly scarred on left side.

Doctor says he can give me something to put in a bra, but it would look good. My stomach has bad stretch marks so that skin is no good. I have plenty of fat. Just wondering if there’s anything new out there. So tired of living like this.

Answer: Thank you for your question. I am sorry you had such a difficult time with your expanders. Usually when someone has to have them removed due to infection we recommend using their own tissue instead of implants. The skin and fatty tissue from different areas of the body can be used to reconstruct a natural breast form.

Even though you have stretch marks it does not mean that the extra skin and fatty tissue cannot be used for breast reconstruction. If you don’t have enough tissue in the tummy area then perhaps another area of the body can be used.

If you would like more information let us know. I can have our staff contact you for specifics about your situation. Thanks for your question.

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