Survivor since 2002
I can't be sure if it was the radiation or expander, but I did have 2 fractured ribs. Around here and I'm sure other places, they will no longer do expanders/implants if the patient has radiation. I tried it when I opted for a 2nd mastectomy since I was "young", Stage III with more then 1/2 my lymph nodes positive, and wanted to get rid of places it likes to come back to. I don't regret having both breasts remove, my only regret is trying reconstruction. I could have gone with the tram or LD Flap, but wasn't willing to being in pain for 3-4 months, which at that time and I'm assuming still now, is the recovery time. Most I had talked to had multiple infections and tissue that died using the Tramp. And of course the cancer can still come back in that tissue.