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I had my first recon done in Jan 2008 6 years post mastecomy. Failed expansion in March, followed by a lat flap with expander. Had my implant done in early 2009. Fall 2009 had a funky mammo determined to be LCIS which can be considered Stage 0 to my remaining breast. Had preventative mastectomy with expander in Feb 2010. Failed in August 2010. Had second lat flap in Jan 2011 just had my implant in three week ago. And there were times I wish I had stop the whole process but now that they are both done and really they look similar but not exactly the same as they weren't done at the same time, I would have to say that I am very happy. And if given the chance I would most likely do it all over again.
Ok first failed expander was due to radiated skin. Second was just that my skin is thin and when expanded to the fullest we wanted it became compromised (exposed) got infected and had to be removed.