Well done Janemc.
Take a painkiller before you go to bed even if you aren't in pain at the time, to avoid waking yourself up whilst you're moving around in your sleep. Plus I echo Riversidedawn - imperative you do your exercises. You'll recover that much more quickly. Honest.
Hope you all enjoy your Christmases
Lots of love, DellyWellyDingDong xxxxxxx
Hi Janemc - glad to hear you are home and the op is behind you. I wish you all the best for your recovery. It will get easier very quickly, the first few days are the toughest. Take care of yourself and accept all the help you can get. Do ask if there is anything we can help with.
Hello Lovely Ladies
Wow Janemc - What a great self Xmas pressie !!! Good "get out" clause too, as you'll be having to take it very easy. Perhaps wear a tin bra to prevent your delicate knocker from getting knocked. Hope all goes well with your op, recovery and final results of.
Lotsa love to everyone
Hi Janemc - I just wanted to say I would agree with Twinks' comments and advice. I had mastectomy and immediate implant recon back in May. I think my drains came out on days 3 and 4. You will be tired and won't be able to lift heavy things to start with - so do make sure you find someone to either help you or better still do all the cooking etc. Be warned that the anaesthetic can make you feel down immediately afterwards - it did that to me but I'm sure not everyone suffers the same. But apart from that I'm confident that you will enjoy the festivities. You will be celebrating getting rid of the cancer.
Wishing you all the very best for your op and for your recovery.
Twinks - Hopefully your boob will be well settled before Xmas then.
Evie-S and Humblepeace - Me too, still not receiving notifications of post responses. none of mine are going into Spam. I have to keep going into the "My Profile" at the top right of the page, then click on Subscriptions/Notifications to bring up the lists of different posts I subscribe to to pick up on any responses these days.
Hope everyone else is okay. You still waiting to hear Humblepeace?
Twinks and Humblepeace, how are you both getting on? Where are you up to with "things" or your boobs, to be more precise?? Would you pop on when you have the time, and let us know. Am keen to know what's been happening.
Hope all's well with everyone on here.
Hi Humblepeace - all the very best to you for your final chemo session. I hope you are doing ok. So far as notifications are concerned, I find some randomly go into my spam folder so I have to check in there regularly. Some do, some don't, who knows why! Do stay in touch and let me know how you are getting on and once you have spoken to your radiologist.
Hello to all you lovely ladies,
Hope you're all doing well, are you? Let us know if not. Am sure we can all help, whether support, advice or sympathy.
Twinks - Hope all's going well for you ref your recon surgery, following all your considerations !! Please do let us know how you are, when you're able, up to and want to! As well as me, I don't doubt everyone else is also keen to know.
I've just read through all of our advice. Wish I'd had it all for my own decisions, cos it's all such brilliantly helpful good stuff. But am so glad we can pass on it on and be of some help to future uns. And is all part and parcel of the reason why this Forum is so wonderful. Yey to whoever started it !!
Good to see you again Riverside. We've had few exchanges in the past, over this and that. All good wishes to you for good health and happiness.
That goes for the rest of you all too
Humblepeace - I too am not receiving post or email responses. Have asked mods to look into. With their patient help, thought we'd sorted, but it isn't yet. Pointed me to "My Profile", top right of page. Next to your name and "Sign out". Click on that, then "Subscriptions/Notifications, then click on Notifications. There are a no. of box options that then come up. Tick those that fit. But, as said, I'm still not getting myself when I used to all the time. Good Luck with and please let me know if you find the magic reason before I do. I'd very much appreciate it, taaa.
Much love to all of you's
Hi Humblepeace - thanks for asking, I'm doing well. I've finally started my gym sessions I was trying to arrange when we last spoke. But more importantly - how are you, and how is chemo going? I hope you are managing - and did you join the chemo group? I think you were talking about joining one but had mentioned May, you might be better to look at the September/October groups as those ladies will be at the same stage as you. But if I can help at all please do ask. Sending you strength and very best wishes. Evie xx
Hi Twinks - all the very best for your surgery and recovery. It's a relief once you have made a decision and have a plan. Evie xx
I was a 34B. Surgeon recommended Lat Flap recon, as good for smaller sizes. Didn't have fat for Diep or other options anyway. But only ever wanted implant recon for the following reasons:-
No extra scars elsewhere on my body, therefore quicker healing and less risk of infection. Recovery time's quicker.
No extra scar on the breast area, other than the original mast scar.
Didn't want to compromise the back muscle strength as I'm skinny and it's my strongest muscle.
Implant shapes are better now and the use of "Strattice" or tissue matrix adds extra support and smoothes the implant edges.
Had I had immediate or delayed recon with my first mast, the initial surgeon said he could "tittivate" the remaining breast to match the implant one, but it wasn't needed, as I had to have a 2nd mast a year later. So both were to be delayed implant recons. Am still only at the expander stage, but ready for replacement with perm silicons and matrix slings/support, when I can get my bum and mind into gear for it.
It's a load to get your head round with all the considerations, pros and cons, and yes, looking at lots of photos of results will help.
Good Luck with your decision and resultant surgery.
Hi Twinks, Emily here from Someone Like Me at Breast Cancer Care.
I just wanted to let you know that we have telephone and email volunteers who have finished their treatment and have chosen either implant or flap reconstruction. They're happy to speak to people who need to make this decision and are weighing up the pros and cons.
If you'd like to speak any of them on the phone, then just drop us your contact details here and we'll get in touch to make arrangements.
Hope this helps
Ezzie1698 has given you some excellent advice, so I'll just share my experience with you. It is a very personal decision and each option has its pros and cons.
I didn't have enough fat for a diep or LD, so the only option was an implant. Personally I was glad about that as it meant a shorter op and recovery, but implants do have their limitations. However, my surgeon told me that implants do not necessarily have to be replaced after 10/15 years.
As Ezzie says, there is a risk of capsular contracture with an implant, but that risk is more likely if you are having radiotherapy - which you aren't.
Like you I am a small cup size so I had a pre-pectoral implant (sits on top of the chest muscle rather than underneath it) which is covered with some mesh like thing to support it - it's a relatively new procedure and seems only to suit small cup sizes. Unfortunately my new boob doesn't quite match my other one - I think you get a more natural shape with the tummy/back operations, but I'm not that bothered about it.
All the best to you as you make your decision. Speak to as many people as you can and ask if you can see photos of the plastic surgeon's work as that may help you make your decision. Ah just remembered there is a charity called Keeping Abreast - for some reason I can't attach the link here, but google it. I discovered it after I had my surgery but maybe there is a support group near you?
Here's my contribution to your debate with yourself! I am awaiting recon with a DIEP flap after an earlier mastectomy with no RT or chemo either. I have a temporary expander in place saving my skin - I had another minor on-going health issue which meant I wasn't a good candidate for immediate recon (too long op time).
Are you having a unilateral or bilateral MX? The answer may influence your choices.
Implants - would you be able to achieve symmetry? I would never get anything to match my good side (D/DD). Secondly, implants have a lifespan which may mean you need them replacing after 15 years or so. Easier operations to put in place but things can go wrong, like capsular contracture, etc.
Flaps - are you fat enough? I am borderline but it can be done if I have symmetrising surgery on the good side. Longer and trickier op with much longer post op recovery time and of course, things can still go wrong. Most likely to be a one time only option, I.e. no going back to replace implants later if a tummy flap used. With me, it's the best option that will give me something that looks like the good side and if I lose or gain weight, my recon will follow suit. Downside of flap recon is that you create a scar on another part of your body although you might think a tummy tuck as a BOGOF is a good plan!
Have you been given a copy of the BCC booklet on breast reconstruction? Well worth a read if not and can be downloaded from this website. It's pamphlet BCC7. Also, speak to your BCN, she should be able to show you some pictures of completed reconstructions.
You have my sympathies in having to choose and make a decision. Fortunately, mine was made for me as soon as my consultant said an implant would never achieve symmetry!