I had a delayed LD flap with implant in 2010 - implant because I didn't have any fat on me to use. I have been really pleased with the results. I have had no problems with my back, the scar is just a thin white line that sits under my bra strap. I feel that the strength in my arm was compromised by my mastectomy in 2007 - I'm always careful with it - but the LD flap didn't make it any worse. I swim regularly, run, and do weights at the gym, and am generally fitter now than before
I had a TUG reconstruction 5 months ago so different from LD flap. However a friend of mine has had LD flap and it was because of her why I decided to go ahead with reconstruction. She is delighted with her reconstruction and is an avid gym goer and is able to still do body pump, pilates, spinning and can hold a plank for some time. I don't know what her recovery time was but in the long term she is completely back to normal strength. X
I had right-sided mastectomy in 2013 with immediate recon with strattice implant. However, it is about 2 cup sizes bigger than my remaining natural side, too far under my arm pit and very hard. It can be uncomfortable when sleeping on that side and makes clothes choices a bit troublesome. So i asked to be referred to another hospital with plastic surgeons with a good rep, as the current one were not up for doing anything to make this better.
I am now very lucky to be in the care of a top plastic surgeon in Nottingham and he has recommended the LD flap for me as i don't have sufficient fat in my belly (not sure how looks huge to me!). My fear is putting myself through the pain and recovery and risks when its more an aesthetic issue. He says 3 months recovery and can't drive for 4/6 weeks. I'm a regular gym goer so I'm worried my back won't be the same again. He lists the risk of chronic back pain in his confirmation letter, which scares me.
Has anyone had this type of recon and would you recommend it? How was recovery? Are you able to do gym classes and workouts without issues?
having seen photos of this surgeons work the end results is brilliant, particularly compared to how i look now (very uneven).
Any advice much appreciated