Hey Matty, thank you so much for reporting back. You have answered my question and also reassured me about the squishing involved during mammograms. This is so strange because I have reassured quite a few work collegues and friends that mammograms aren't that bad. I feel like an old pro, I'm 45 but have at least a dozen mammo's under my belt (or above, which ever way you look at it ).
Now I can just call up my clinic and reschudule my annual mammogram and not say anything about the recon until I roll up in 6 months time.
*No one called me back to answer my original query anyway*
PS......the Foobs are all yours
Back from first mammo today.
Both foob side and boob side done.
With foob side she put machine on manual, when i saw the picture it looked like a half moon, didn't squeeze too hard.
With boob side it was the standard squash on automatic, saw that picture as well - have no idea what I saw!!
Now to wait for results
The good thing about reconstructed breasts is that the breast tissue that remains is very close to the surface and therefore easier for a mammogram to pick up any changes. Its also easier for you to notice any changes. Another upside to mastectomy and reconstruction.
I will continue to bug my clinic until they give me a definitive answer.
Thank you for your reply. I would feel more comfortable if my annual surveillance continued because I've had skin sparing and nipple sparing mastectomies. I'd rather continue the monitoring because, as pointed out, not all breast tissue is removed during a mastectomy.
I don't think my breast clinic is used to performing mammo's on reconstructed breasts becasue they acted surprised when I asked. I might try calling them again.
I had very small breasts prior to the mastectomy and mammograms were always uncomfortable, glad they won't be that much of a chore with my reconstructed ones........can't feel a thing!
Wore mine for ages and if I felt unconfortable after that would slip them on for afew days.
the bliss is going to buy a REALLY pretty bra again (makes me sigh with pleasure just remembering it):smileyembarrassed:
I ended up slightly uneven and have now had a fillet so, for example if I wear stripes they are now straight again
Like the word FOOB - now in my vocab
It seems that no one has had a mammogram on the implanted foob side. I actually received my annual mammogram appointment this morning. I called them up to postprone for 6 months as I'm only 4 weeks post op. I told them that I've had a bilateral mastectomy with implant reconstruction and the person I spoke with was going to talk to the radiographer and ask them for their opinion. Maybe I should have mentioned that I had a nipple sparing mastectomy. If they can't do the mammogram will they switch to an annual ultrasound instead?
Or did I misunderstand my Consultant? I remember asking her twice because I was surprised when she said I should still keep up the suviellance mammograms.
Can I ask how long did everyone wear their post op bras for? I'm still wearing mine 4 weeks in and I'm still compressed becasue of it. My foobs are flattened and solid. The BN told me the longer i could wear it the better the results will be.
I have implant and strattice and when I went for my first mammogram post surgery they only screened the real boob. I see the surgeon once a year for her to check the foob. I have had an ultrasound on the foob which detected some cysts but no one has ever suggested a mamogram.
I have an LD flap with implant on one side, and a smaller implant in my good side to even me up. When I go for a mammogram they only do the good side, and you have to tell them you have an implant so they don't use so much force. I remember my initial mammnogram, on finding my lump, as being very painful, but now it's not.
When you get the letter with the results it warns you that the implant can obstruct the view so they can't say for certain that you are clear. Interestingly, when I was still in the five year post diagnosis follow up, I didn't get this warning. It's only been since I went on to the standard three year screening program.
I used to just have had one side done,following an implant.Despite getting Pagets a few years later as well.Used to say I was saving NHS money as only having the mammogram one side. 😀
Am having a mammo next week.- first post treatment
I have been wonderiing what they do with the reconstructed one as well. I have an implant
Will let you know
I've read that there is a third image that is taken on an implanted reconstructed breast, I can't imagine what that is. I would be so very interested to know.
I feel exactly the same. I only have the one, but cant imagine having a mammogram on it at all. You cant squash it for a start. maybe they just leave the plates wide apart and take the imaging like that. That would work I suppose. My final check up tomorrow so will ask that question.
I have had a bilateral prophylatic mastectecy with immediate reconstrution using implants and strattise. My surgeon has told me that I will still need to attend my yearly mammograms, I started surveillance 7 years ago at the age of 38. Every mammogram resulted in recalls, followed by ultrasounds and more mammograms. I'm not faulting the diligence but thought that as I have so little breast tissue remaining there is hardly anything to look at. I also thought that as the implant in under the pectoral muscle all my remaining tissue has been pushed to the surface, thus making any abnormalities easy to spot.
I was hoping that I would be like the general population and only have mammograms every 3 years and only when I reached the age of 50.
Has anyone here had mammograms on reconstructed breasts, especially with implants, and was it uncomfortable? I mean is it even possible? I'm only 3 weeks post op and can't even imagine putting these firm boulders between those plates.