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Reconstruction Question? For those of you out there who had a bilateral Mastectomy with a flap reconstruction ( DIEP abdominal). Would you do it again? If no, why??

Maria J Profile
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Stage 2A Patient over 5 years
 
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    YES!!! My boobies are fabulous. I'm 60 and have perky boobies and a flat tummy and I'm cancer free. There is nothing else to pray for.
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    • Maria J Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Marianne, I am so happy for you! Thank you so much for your response. Maria

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  • Mandana K. Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I had bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction at the same time near 7 months ago.I like them
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    • Maria J Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Mandala, dis you suffer any complications? May I ask, how old are you? I am 53.

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    • Mandana K. Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes u can ask me anything u want my dear.I am 43 years old.I did not any complication.In first months after surgery I had pain in right side but after that time I am ok

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  • Kimberley Duke Profile
    anonymous
    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.
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  • Sharon Doria Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2009
    Hi, I'm glad I did it but have had several surgeries on the flaps since they were created. After healing the plastic surgeon added implants, nipples, had two surgeries to make them more even since the radiated side was higher than the other one. The "good" side kept dropping since my skin is not young and elastic anymore. Twice they removed tissue from the good side. Nipple tattooing. Fat grafting 3 times to make them look more natural. Now some fatty tissue is slipping towards my underarm. Not going back into surgery if I can help it...It is nice to have "breasts" and not have to strap on the prosthetics. Oh, and the area he took the skin from to make nipples didn't heal properly. Had huge hematoma that had to be surgically evacuated. And this was done by one of the doctors that invented the procedure at MD Andersen in Orlando, FL. If I knew then what I know now I might not do it again... ;-)
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    • Maria J Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Sharon, thank you for your feedback. It is a very complicated procedure. As you can see I am scared!

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    • Sharon Doria Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      Hi Maria,
      I'm sure they explained the procedure to you. It is indeed complicated. You will be under for hours. Fat and nerves removed from your abdomen and implanted into your chest to make the flaps. They have to make sure the implanted fat...

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      Hi Maria,
      I'm sure they explained the procedure to you. It is indeed complicated. You will be under for hours. Fat and nerves removed from your abdomen and implanted into your chest to make the flaps. They have to make sure the implanted fat and nerves thrive. It is the ultimate tummy tuck, LOL! I had to use a wheelchair as they didn't want me to straighten up for several weeks. Yes, very complicated but done more and more. Don't be scared. Let your heart direct you. My very best wishes, Sharon

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    • Sharon Doria Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      I meant walker, not wheelchair. And they'll be implanting fat, nerves and blood vessels in your chest. They used to come and check the blood flow with little hand held machines to make sure that the tissue in the flaps was thriving.

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  • Maria J Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    Kimberly, you really helped me decide. I appreciate your response and wish you all good thoughts. Maria
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    • Kimberley Duke Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Maria, Good luck with your surgery. Just remember it takes time to heal and you will do fine. Are you still going to go ahead with the DIEP flap surgery. If you ever have any questions don't hesitate to ask.

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