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DIEP reconstruction advice please

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Kaya51
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Re: DIEP reconstruction advice please

Hi Momo. I'm pleased to hear that there's no problem with trousers and it sounds as if it's not crucial to have front opening tops, although I can imagine they might be easier. Yes, the drain bags sound like a good idea. When I had my mastectomy I only had one drain bottle and had no drain bag, but I can imagine that it must be much harder with more than one drain bottle. I will enquire about drain bags. Thanks for all your advice.

Kaya51
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Re: DIEP reconstruction advice please

Caroluna. Ha ha ha. I thought it might be the predictive text. It can be annoying, I think it often does it with names!
Kaya51
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Re: DIEP reconstruction advice please

Thank you Caroluna. I'm hoping the DIEP river isn't a wide river, but more of a narrow stream!! I've got my pre ops and seeing anaesthetist in a couple of weeks. This has been a long journey for me as I had my mastectomy in April 2013, but was unable to have immediate reconstruction. I'm looking forward to getting it all done now. I will let you know how my operation goes in August. Thanks again for all the info.

momo01
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Re: DIEP reconstruction advice please

Hi Kaya51
I wore pj's all the time apart from the first couple of days in a hospital gown. Didn't have any problems with stomach as the trousers can be pulled above or left below. Tbh I didn't wear front opening tops either. We were supple with drain bags and found it easier to hang them round your neck when going for a walk or going to loo etc and then you have hands free 😁
Caroluna
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Re: DIEP reconstruction advice please

Oh heck this blooming predictive text.. I know you are not a canoe, Kaya
Caroluna
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Re: DIEP reconstruction advice please

Hope all goes well, Kayak,  let us know when you come across to the other side of the DIEP river!

Kaya51
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Re: DIEP reconstruction advice please

Thank you Caroluna. I'm pleased to hear you are recovering well now and being looked after well. It's good to hear that you didn't find the process that painful, just a bit of discomfort, it's very reassuring. Sorry to hear you found the hot blanket difficult though due to your hot flushes. Luckily I haven't suffered much with hot flushes despite the tamoxifen, so I'm hoping I will be ok if I have a hot blanket, it's nice to be pre-warned though about things that may happen. I will be prepared with a water spray! I have taken a note about the clothes you found useful. I hadn't previously thought about drain bags so I will investigate these. I'm usually a bit odd after anaesthetic too, with vomiting, so not looking forward to that. Many thanks for telling me about your experience and for your advice. Kaya

Kaya51
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Re: DIEP reconstruction advice please

Thank you Momo for your advice and information about your own experience. I had thought that I wouldn't be able to wear trousers so was interested to hear that trousers did not interfere with the drains. I had wondered though if trousers would put pressure on the tummy scar? I had also wondered if front opening nightwear would be best and having heard your advice I will see if I can get some. I have taken a note of the other things you took. Many thanks. Kaya

Caroluna
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Re: DIEP reconstruction advice please

This time last Wednesday I was in recovery following a MX and immediate DIEP... I'm 63 and large breasted. I came home on Monday.

The worst bit... cramp in my calf in recovery room ...a mystery. 

Any pain in my breast has been no worse than I used to get pre menstrually and only discomfort in tummy. I did have the common  'what will happen when I cough ?'  especially when the chest physio said 4 deep breaths, a huff, and a cough every hour, but put a towel over my tum and womanned up and er... it was ok.

 

I was under a hot blanket for the next day and morning to keep the blood vessels dilated  to help them mesh.I did find that hard, because I'd come off HRT and was getting very hot hot flushes but had a spannish type fan and evian water spray which helped. That sound so picky and ungrateful, I know.

I was up and walking midday Friday, and each hour felt better, I did my ankle leg exercises and breathing and arm exercises. I did increasing reps of walking along the ward and standing a bit straighter and bit quicker each time. The whole staff were wonderful beyond description ( Bradford Royal Infirmary).

 

I took piles and piles of clothes, but in fact had hospital gowns on till I came out becuase I was still a bit hot and could take them off when in bed, with BJ knickers, soft crop top and M&S thin strap vests which togehter gave good support  and could be lifted for exams.

Do take drain bags, 25 x25 cm with over the shoulder strap, then you can crisscross  put under your gown or down your bottoms and you'll be able to use the loo easily and generally  get about.

Yesterday I had a mini shower and after a rest a short walk, and  a bit longer walk today.

I'm nowhere near as fragile as I expected, I am being lokked after by my best chap and have  done nothing other than get up, swallow meds, watch the TV, read, exercises, rest, little walk, rest...

I did feel pretty awful the 2 days after but that was not pain but being hot, monitored every hour,  and I was a bit odd after the anaesthetic. 

 

I know I have a distance to go, but I think I've made the right decision, not oit of the woods.

Hope this helps and very happy to give any other information that I can, Caroluna

momo01
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Re: DIEP reconstruction advice please

Hi Kaya51
I had a diep in 2013 and believe me it's not as bad as you think it will be. You will feel like you have been hit by a bus fora few days but they get you out of bed after a couple of days andthen it's onwards and upwards lol. I took in normal pj's but you might find that front opening ones are easiest but the trousers did not interfere with the drains so all ok. I also too wipes, baby wash, lipsol, a book sports bra and the essential sweets.
Hope all goes well for you x
Kaya51
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DIEP reconstruction advice please

I'm due to have my delayed DIEP reconstruction at the beginning of August. I would be grateful if anyone could give me advice on what to take into hospital, what to do, what not to do, etc. Many thanks.