I too under went a Mastectomy of the right breast, and had a tissue expander put in at the same time. My op was late May, 2016.
My lymph nodes were all clear.....thank goodness.
The operation was relatively easy, drainage bag was not an issue. I had a great Plastic Surgeon, and team. Their after care has been exceptional! I have had 3 top ups. My expander has not been a problem at all. Apart from a missing nipple, it looks rather good! After the Op, I must say, sleeping on yr back is prob the most difficult thing to get used to!
I am currently having Chemo as a safety net, 4 rounds, 3 weeks apart. I have then chosen to have Radiation to even further reduce my chances of cancer returning! Gotta do what you have to do!!
After Radiation my P.S will give me a final top up. I will have my silicon boob inserted next year, and at this stage may have the other reduced.
Let me say......you will prob bounce quicker ...I am 62, 63.in September.
Good luck with your journey, happy to answer any questions.
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