I'm trying to decide whether to undergo a free DIEP operation and would be so grateful if anyone with experience of it at Salisbury District Hospital would be willing to speak to me and/or possibly meet me to discuss. Please PM me if you feel you may be able to help – no pressure!
Thanks for your replies. Yes I had to wait 6 months after chemo and radiotherapy before going on the waiting list and then had to lose 2 stones to get my BMI down to 25 but after that had been told it woulld be 3-4 months which took me to October or November so when I rang at the beginning of October and was then told it wouldn't be till after Xmas I was a bit upset.The waiting list secretary now says it might be December but she can't promise so I've just got to be satisfied with that.I realise that they have to fit in the patients who are having mastectomy and reconstruction at the same time but for those of us who did not have that option it seems such a long wait to get back to ''normal''. I always try to stay positive so I'm looking forward to having a flat tummy in 2014, there has to be some perks
Hi So glad you are doing well. Can you tell me how long after your mastectomy it was and once you had been put on the waiting list how long did you have to wait.I had my mastectomy March 2012 and saw the plastic surgeon April 2013 but have just been told I won't get my op until after Xmas. I am getting a bit anxious and I wondered if this long a wait was normal.Hope you don't mind me asking
Just had my op on Tuesday 10th september got back home tonight. delayed recon of right breast only at oxford radcliffe.
the first few days were the worst when lots of stuff is attached and you can not move far.
Then after day 2 things started comming off oxygen drain catheter . last drain at 5PM.
I was also put under a hot blanket which was unpleasant but tollerable for a good result.
3 drains 2 in Tummy and 1 in breast.
the main issue I had was waves of feeling realy sick , but they gave me something to stop me feeling sick and it settled..
Tummy feels more tight than painfull.
Good luck with you op and hope all goes well for you whatever you decide .
If you have other questions your welcome to ask but best to ask me now while it is fresh in my mind !
I am coming up to 4 weeks post diep surgery. I had a Bilateral Mastectomy and immediate reconstruction. Whilst this procedure is a major one I am really pleased with the results so far. It is possitively amazing what they can do. I went into this procedure fit and healthy, a routine MRI scan found cancer but is was very early stages so i was, in a funny way really well. This will of course helped my recovery. They take skin, fat and a blood supply from you tummy and used it for your breast reconstruction. The fat replaces the breast tissue, the skin is used in a circular piece to replace where the nipple was and the blood supply is re connected using microsurgery. Its a very complex procedure but amazing results. Obviously I have a big scar on my tummy from hip to hip but this is fairly low down. My tummy has given me more discomfort than my reconstruction, it does take time to straighten out again but defintely no regrets.
I am happy to go into detail regarding the prcedure but I would recommend a looking at websites such as the wendy watson website and the leaflets from breast cancer care which were good.
This is my first reply on this website and I really dont know how it all works. I would be happy to help if you need any other advise.
I'm 40 years old with 3 young children and coping with life really well now nearly 4 weeks post surgery. No driving yet.
I am about to go through this recon next week.
Unsure where you are but there is a BRA group I attended in Oxford.
They happen monthly normaly Thursday evening. ( there is one tonight !)
You can mail them on firstname.lastname@example.org
At the meeting the consultant goes through the various procedures including DIEP Flap and ladies who have undergone similar surgery are rather brave and do a show and tell. You can discuss and ask questions.
I was unsure if was going to help but it did and answered a lot of questions.
While you are waiting for replies from your fellow forum users I have put for you below the link to BCC's publication for reconstruction. I have also put you the link to the area of this website where we have an animated publication which explains about the different types of reconstruction. I hope you find it helpful.
Please do give the helpline here a ring they will be able to talk to you in detail about any questions you have. Calls are free, lines open weekdays 9-5 and Saturdays 10-2. 0808 800 6000