Stage 1 Patient
I had the DIEP flap reconstruction done after My failed initial surgery which was to be implants. I would do it again in a heartbeat, I wish I had known about the DIEP flap prior to my initial surgery. I was 37 when I was diagnosed and had my flap surgery a year after due to chemo and complications from the first surgery. I did have complications with the DIEP flap, the cancer free right breast the flap failed. just last year did the GAP flap to reconstruct the right breast. I had mine done at the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery in New Orleans and this is their speciality. I was up walking around by day 2 and was on the plane home after my surgery a week later. When I had the revision this past year, in which they did the GAP flap to the right, minor changes to the left and revision of the tummy scar, was again up walking by day 2 and back on a plane home a week later. Six weeks after my surgery I was walking the 5km Susan G Koman Race for the Cure in Phoenix, I was sore and probably overdid it but I did not want to miss the race. I walked the whole way without any assistance. I am so glad that I did the DIEP flap and again I wish that I had known about it from the beginning because I would have choose it over the implants.