Thank you so much for replying - I really appreciate it!
I rang & asked again and they said that they are making an appointment for me to see the plastic surgeon about the strattice reconstruction - they still said they would have to do the lymph nodes separately and before if I go for this one as the plastics don't do this - they are also at a different hospital.
With the mastectomy with immediate reconstruction with just the implants the oncologist/surgeon would do it all at once including the nodes.
Can I ask what made you decide on the strattice as opposed to the straightforward implants? Also what are they like? xxxxxxx
PS I'm also a DD - well I am for now!!!! lol x
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Hi All x
I was diagnosed 2 weeks ago and saw the oncologist/surgeon on Friday. I'm having a double mastectomy but need to make a dcision on what reconstruction to have - I am lucky I think to be able to have the mastectomy and reconstruction done at the same time.
The choice is:
1) Have a straightforward mastectomy and immediate implants - with sentinal nodes removed - all done by the oncologist/surgeon in one go
2) Have a mastectomy and Strattice Reconstruction done by plastic surgeons - but this means I would first have to have - as a day case - an operation to have the sentinal lymph nodes removed by the oncologist/surgeon. If this comes back that there is no cancer in the lymph nodes I go straight for the mastectomy/strattice reconstruction op and job done.
But if it comes back with cancer in the lymph nodes I'll have to have chemo before the mastectomy/strattice operation
Option 1 seems more straightforward but Option 2 I'm told is a much more natural result with the strattice
Forgive me - I hope this all makes sense!!
What I could really do with is some advise from any others who have gone through either the mastectomy/ordinary implants and/or anyne who has had the mastectomy/strattice reconstruction done like this?
Any advise would be soooo welcome as at the moment I'm so scared and want to get it over with I'm tempted to just go for the straightforward one! But I really don't want to do this and regret not taking the opportunity to have the more natural result of option 2 xxxxxxxx
PS I'm 52 and initially was not going to have reconstruction at all as I thought I would have to have it done separately etc - but when they told me it could all be done in one op I thought - in for a penny in for a pound!!! xxxxx