GBC, i have bookmarked your reply to Weeannie (if you don't mind). Your attitude towards Badboy BC is excellent and I am inspired by your words. I started to stuggle with BB BC, 3 years after my DX (don't ask me why, could be something to do with less than satisfactory reconsructive surgery first time around) and since then, I have struggled with some DARK thoughts about my body and the future. I am now trying to see my scars as something good (survival) and try look forwards instead of backwards.
Indeed we are ARE survivors and have a whole lot of living to do!
Thank you so much and all the best going forwards with your recovery.
Well, to be honest it's a very different shape to my own boob in that it is rounded and doesn't droop! So I think I may go for the uplift option to my own breast in a few months. Not discussed it with PS yet though.
BUT I think once I am wearing a normal bra again, nobody will be able to tell. I am just happy that I have something there and that it is "natural". I have no nipple either, probably won't bother.
It looked awful 2 weeks after surgery, swollen, bruised - I felt like elephant woman but I didn't realise that was the haematoma effect. It looks so much better now.
The tummy scar is very long - from outer hip to outer hip but it is really low and I am now massaging it every day (I had tape on for 4 weeks).
Feel free to ask any more questions.
I am 5 weeks on from one side mastectomy and immediate DIEP flap reconstruction. It is very early days but I am so glad I made the decision.
I had to go back in two weeks ago as I had a haematoma and my PS decided the best thing would be to take me back in and do a bit of a clean up / drain. It did build up again and I am having ultrasound and drain once a week at the moment. It is definitely settling down though.
I too was concerned about the length of the op and that it wouldn't work but I am fairly fit and healthy and a non-smoker so decided to go for it. I turned 50 the week before the op. I also told myself that so many women have it done that it must be safe!
I can honestly say that I was never in a lot of pain, just discomfort and I feel fortunate to still have a bump!
If you have any questions, just ask,
Well, i had the LD flap reconstruction 3 years ago now. It is basically where some muscle is taken from your back and tunnelled round to the front to form a breast. I then had a small implant inserted later on, followed by an uplift on my healthy breast, nipple reconstruction and tatoing of the areola. All in all, it is not too bad. Dressed, no one can tell i have had a reconstruction, undressed, you can tell easily. I have quite a bit of scarring on both breasts and a scar on my back which is hidden by my bra strap.
I have 0 mobility problems and can do everything i did before. My back is tight at times as is the recon.
I was driving after about 4 - 5 weeks.
The thing i struggle with most, is the numb feeling. I am STILL getting my head round the fact that it passes for a breast, but isn't (but that is me).
I would recommend that you pick the brains of a GOOD PS and ask for his/her recommnedations, as there are a few options as you know, to consider these days. Some ladies on here have had DIEP with good results, others have had the tissue expander, so it all depends what is most suitable for you and what your expectations are from a reconstruction. Are you just wanting symmetry, or do you want as natural feeling breast as possible, quick recovery, are you willing to compromise the back muscle (some women fear they will lose back strength), how do you feel about where your scars will be and the size of them?? All of these form part of the process when considering which type of recon to go for, hence the need for a good PS to talk the talk with you.
The recon journey can be long, so be prepared to have to take some time out of your life to recover physically and emotionally.
Wishing you all the very best and i hope some of the lovely ladies come and chat to you soon.
While you are waiting for replies from your fellow forum users, I have put for you below links to some of BCC's publications/information regarding breast reconstruction which I hope you find helpful.
An animated guide to reconstruction: