I wouldn't recommend this surgery as a first option to anyone. It's debilitating and disfiguring. I was very athletic and a personal trainer prior to this lengthy process. For 18 months an expander pinched a nerve in my arm. Once it was exchanged there was temporary relief. Several months after my implants were implanted my range of motion in my arm and shoulder decreased and became excruciatingly painful. I was told by my PS this was normal. After 6 months my breast surgeon prescribed p.t. I've had some success with it. However, if I move my arm the wrong way there is excruciating pain! Forget about sleeping. Without the support of your lat muscles the nerves in the upper quadrant are crushed upon. DO NOT HAVE THIS SURGERY! As for the nipple reconstruction, only a portion of the circular scar was tattooed. So, I've been left with some very unusual looking nipples. During chemo and radiation you look forward to your reconstruction being completed and moving on with your life. I feel more like a Picasso nude. One breast higher than the other, circles with nipples in the middle and large scars on my back. What a wonderful procedure.View Thread
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