I am having a DIEP on the 15 of March in whiston with the same surgeon as you could you tell me more
about him as I can't find any one else who has had him
Hey steady....I just bobbed into this section for a quick look, I did say to you that the only way that I would down would be that you would be in the next bed. (Think of the late night parties, maybe we could sneak out and hit the nite spots of Whiston) I'll hold onto your drains if you hold mine!! Make sure your nightie is trendy and not one of those crimpoline ones!!
Funny how we have switched from AFTER TREATMENT HAS FINISHED to BREAST RECONSTRUCTION a long road but hey we did it !!
Hi Girls & Hi Janet
I think that I am going to have to get into a long line behind you all to see Mr Graham! Janet and I were talking the other day and she mentioned reconstruction. This was something that I had thought about and parked to the back of my mind...until now! My next door neighbour had reconstruction both on the NHS and private with Mr Graham and speaks very highly of him. (She also looks fab!) So..at my next appointment I will mention it and perhaps take it further.
Good luck everyone!
Only had surgery on 3 June and with each day I am getting better. I had a right sided op as well and although my arm does ache it is improving and not an issue. Hope that makes sense.
My only word of warning about Whiston would be to discuss pain management with Tina and your consultant prior to the op because I had a hard time with the nurses not listening to me.
Hi Sarah, I've seen Mr Graham and also Tina his BCN. Both lovely and explained everything very well. Once you have seen Tina you go on the waiting list and I am told about 20 weeks which for me is early Oct. Can't wait. Have spoken to someone who had DIEP there and she's well pleased. I can't wait!
Mr Graham does work closely with Tina Gallagher, she is the breast nurse specialist at Whiston hospital so she works with all the breast surgeons there. I had a tram flap done by Mr Iqbal and Tina was the person who helped me through everything, she is really helpful and reassuring.
Good luck to everyone with their reconstructions and hope you will be as pleased as I am with mine.
You need to email to be accepted onto the forums - it is only for women who have had or have breast cancer. They are very friendly. I think you will find a lot of support there - I know I do. Look forward to 'talking' to you there!
Thanks for your reply and sorry to hear you were not impressed with Elaine Sassoon. (how to I get on to bcpals forum?)
Its only a couple of weeks since I was refered to Whiston by my surgeon at Halton Hospital so maybe I will hear something in the next few weeks .
Thanks Elizabeth, how is it with the arm with the LD (the back one)? We did discuss this as an option for me but I understand it uses some muscle as well as fat and can experience discomfort in your arm? I am right handed (and had right mastectomy) so I am worried about this. Obviously you don't get the big tummy scar so that's a big plus too. I am glad you are happy anyway!
Janet, I had quite a negative experience with Elaine Sassoon, I too had read her book and paid to see her privately (only for a consultation) as I was so impressed. She did not meet my expectations. I have posted separately on the bcpals forum about this experience. Norwich is a VERY long way, so if you are happy with what's available locally then it will be much easier. I asked my GP today to refer me to Ken Graham. I would be very interested to hear how you get on, how long have you been waiting for an appointment? I understand from others that he works closely with a woman, Tina Gallagher, so you get to talk to a woman about what you want to achieve from surgery.
Just waiting for my appointment for Whiston to come through don't know how long it will take but will keep you informed. I to would like to have the DIEP
Its nice to hear that Elaine Sassoon ( just finished reading her book The Boudica Within ) has suggested that Mr Graham is good only I was thinking of seeing her but it is such a long way for hubby to be on his own while I am in hospital seeing as I am only 10 mins away from Whiston I think it would be the better option.
Just had recon had Whiston, I have heard Mr Graham is very good. I had Mr Koshi (spelt wrong I thing) and he was lovely and I am over the moon I I had the back one though. Good Luck.
I have been living with one breast now for 18 months. I have decided I want to explore reconstructive surgery. I say 'explore' because I know this is major surgery that will also involve my healthy breast. I was a 38FF and so have a large, droopy breast (couldn't think of a better word to describe my now post menopausal breast), and that will need to be reduced or lifted to match any kind of surgery on the other side. I am absolutely sure that I don't want implants of any kind so am thinking about a DIEP (using fat from my stomach).
I have just been to Norwich (yes it's a long way from Liverpool) to see Elaine Sassoon as she gets very good reviews. She is also a woman and I thought that would be important for me. We have discussed my options and she does think I have enough fat for a DIEP.
I would like to look at my options nearer to home. Both Miss Sassoon and Alison Waghorn (my breast surgeon in Liverpool) have suggested I see Mr Ken Graham at Whiston. So, I would be interested to hear of any experiences about surgery with him and his team.