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nickynackynoo
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Re: Bilateral reconstruction

Hi, just PM'd you but left out a bit. Am going to see PS in about a months time and he'll see if anything needs to be tweaked. Boobs are fab and I don't think they need anything fiddled with, but I may need a little something done to the ends of my tummy scar. Not sure if that will be liposuction or a nip and tuck. It's not bad but he's a perfectionist. Am trying to shed a few pounds in the hope that it will make all the difference haha. Its just a bit more muffin toppy than before. As a bonus, stretch marks have been moved to lower regions and may be hidden by new bikini!
Nicky x

Arnol007
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Re: Bilateral reconstruction

Thanks Nicky
That is encouraging. Were you BRCA 1 or 2 positive?
Also can I ask where you had your op and who was your surgeon?
Not sure if this kind of info is allowed on the open forum but maybe you can send it as a PM if not. Although I must say I donot know how to do that myself, but someone else has contacted me that way.
Also and I hope you do not mind me asking, did you have much tummy fat to use?? I am thin from my hips up (although because i had twins I do have some saggy skin on my belly but not much fat) I have loads of fat on my thighs and butt - very pear shaped!! Did you need further lipoplasty to give you your "amazing bangers"? Sorry for all the questions.
So pleased you are making a good recovery.

Nashie x

nickynackynoo
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Re: Bilateral reconstruction

Hi,
I was fortunate to have bilateral mastectomies with immediate DIEP flap recon. I am nearly 12 wks post op and am completely back to normal. It hasn't been an ordeal, in fact it's been amazing to see how well and how quickly everything has improved, I've felt better each day and significantly so each week.
I was 12hrs under anaesthetic. needed paracetamol and ibuprofen only (no morphine). I was in hospital for a week. Tiredness has been the biggest thing to get over.
The results are amazing. I have an amazing pair of bangers that look and feel completely like boobies should, and I have a wonderful flat tummy that I'm going to show off in a bikini this summer I really don't think its taken any longer to recover than those who've had LD or TRAM recons. I didn't want implants or further surgery to sort out reactions to them.
I would strongly recommend this op to anyone faced with a similar dilemma. Mine was preventative as I had breast cancer a year ago and have a significant family history. I was allowed to keep my nipples!
nicky x

doxey
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Re: Bilateral reconstruction

Hi Nashie,
Welcome to the club that none of us wanted to join!
I'll try to cut a long story short - at the age of 44, I had bilateral mastectomies in April 2002 for bc in both breasts.

Immediate reconstruction was not an option, as I had to have radiotherapy afterwards and to be honest, at the time of diagnosis, all I could think about was getting rid of the cancer.
However, once my treatment ended, I realised that I didn't want to live my life breast free and wearing prostheses.

I started my protracted reconstruction jouirney in January 2004, when I had bilateral LD recon with expander implants.
Unfortunately,I was very unlucky and my body didn't like the implants and rejected them on more than one occasion, resulting in several further surgeries to remove and then put the implants back in.
Apparently this is a rare complication and I know of lots of ladies who have had very sucessful LD recon.
I don't wish to put you off - just want to share my story!

I was eventually referred to another PS who specialises in TRAM / DIEP recon and am pleased to say that I underwent a very sucessful left sided TRAM and right sided DIEP recon at the same time in July 2009.

The surgery was huge and I was in theatre for 11 / 1/2 hours, with 2
teams of surgeons operating simultaneously.
I found the recovery long and hard but the results are so worth it for me!
I've since gon eon to hav enipple reconstruction and tattoing and am delighted with the results.
We have to accept that we're never going to have "normal breasts" again but for me, being able to wear an ordinary bra and swimwear again means so much.

Nashie, I'm aware that this is a long post but I'm more than happy to answer honestly, absolutely any questions you may have - either here or via pm if you prefer - any time.

Lok forward to hearing from you, take care x

Arnol007
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Bilateral reconstruction

Hi My first post!!
I am 45 and had bilateral mastectomies last June for multifocal bilateral breast cancer. I am now considering reconstruction and also digesting the last very surreal 11 months!!. I suppose I would like to hear from anyone else who has had bilateral breast cancer and particularly if they have had reconstruction, as to type of reconstruction, length of time in operating theatre etc

Thanks

Nashie