I'm a patient at Wythenshawe too. Had a mastectomy performed by ******* in November last year. Very happy with him and his work. Just had my check-up and told him I wanted to start the ball rolling asap for DIEP reconstruction and reduction of other one to match. Bit diaspointed... last time I saw him he thought I should be able to have it done in September. But, apparently, waiting time is 4-6 months now and may not get my initial appt until June! Hopefully his secretary will squeeze me in sooner!
Who was the female plastic surgeon who did your reconstruction? I feel 100% confident with ******** and now the thought of another new surgeon (apparently he doesn't do the abdominal transfer) makes me very nervous!
How are you doing since the op?
I too want to put 2013 behind me!
Hi all. I'm so glad I've come across these posts. I'm waiting for an admission date to to have a DIEP reconstruction and am just starting to get a bit wobbly. Reading all of these posts has given me so much reassurance. Thank you!
CHILLIEPINK.....Wont be till the summer, need to complete the London 10k end of May first, and get my fitness levels up, Have had a rough time of it, expanders, infections etc, oh, and sloughy wounds. Yuk, just as well I was a nurse in someway, as could do my own dressings!! You are an inspiration and may come back to you a few times before long, seeing my lovely surgeon on Wednesday, will say I have virtually decided on that route, After what I have had, also 2 hip replacements, now that is major surgery, can face up to anything!!! Just hate being flat!!xx
to CHILLIEPINK....Wow, this is just what I want to hear. Have had, for last 5 months,7 lots of surgery, including mastectomy one one side, and having the silicone implant remove only yesterday,after having problems with the strattice. Other side had an implant to replace an old one, that caused problems, then had expanders, eventually had that removed.... Am now having a complete break, to get my fitness levels back up, then seriously considering the DIEP. Just hate being flat, especially at the moment as not being able a bra for a few days. If I had this done I would go to Chelmsford.Please carry on posting your results, feel so uplifted reading your post
I am fortunate in making a friend who had just had a DIEP, and has been very helpfu.l Thing is with breast cancer, you do make friends!!!
Hi there im new to this and feel so overwelmed with the whole bc .I had a full mas, on my right chem rads and herceptain.that journey started in may 2011 and finished aug 2012.well I,like you are big busted and overweight too.i have an appointment tomorrow with my ps. I feel he will try to turn me down again.all this rejection is getting me down. I have been cutting down but have just come to a standstill... I desperately want the diep one.i will be really intrested on how u got onwith surgery before and recovery after..bytw im 45 about size 16/18 40 dd.xxx
Hi, I had my DIEP surgery 3 weeks ago. It wasn't my first choice of surgery but after my body rejected the tissue expander i couldn't have the LD flap and implant reconstruction so DIEP was my only choice. I was absolutely terrified before the surgery but I have been pleasantly surprised by how pain free it has been. Obviously stiffness is an issue and I did have some lower back pain for about 2 weeks if I stood up for too long but on the whole I am so pleased I did it now I can't stop looking at it! I will need an uplift on the other side later but that's no problem and as for the scars, well i'm proud of them because they show that I am stronger than whatever tried to hurt me.
Hi Chillipink, I'm so pleased for you tyhat everything has gone well with yoru DIEP. I am having the same op next Spring and am goign throughthe usual worries and considerations etc, as you did too. However, I have made the decision to go for it (the delay is my own choice for family reasons). I have been following your story for some time now and just wanted to say well done and thank you for being so positive! Can I ask, how have you got on with the knickers / bra? Ive seen lots of posts about control knicers and front fastening bra's and have started making notes about the items I will need before surgery. I would be interested to hear how you have got on with that issue. Good luck to you, I do hope that your recovery continues to move forward and that you continue to be thrilled withthe results.
Hi Sassy1, I just thought I would help to add to your decision. I was naturally a C cup and I was advised that if I went for the LD flap then I may need implants as they don't know how big they can make the reconstruction until they get in there. I opted for the DIEP myself as I didn't want implants and I had a 'plentiful' supply from my tummy (seriously, the PS wrote that on my notes lol!!) As you are naturally large breasted, they may struggle with the back tissue to get an even match 🙂
I am so pleased you are so happy after your DIEP recon. I am about to visit plastic surgeon regards my own recon. I was leaning towards the ldflap. But now having read this am seriously thinking about the DIEP. The recovery time was an issue and was also worried about the scarring after discussing with bc nurse. I am naturally very large breasted so will have to have a reduction on the other side. Dreading it all but looking forward to putting on normal bras etc again. Has any one had this with a reduction on remaining breast ? Would welcome any advice. Wishing you a continued speedy recovery chiilipink.