I had a MX and DIEP reconstruction in April 2012. I opted for the DIEP for several reasons. I didn't want to have lots of surgery, the DIEP 'ages' with you (implants have to be replaced I was told) and I had sufficient (although the PS used the term 'plenty' lol) stomach fat for the procedure. I too was diagnosed with DCIS and it was a huge decision to make. I didn't want the TRAM operation as I felt that would be a longer recovery due to the stomach muscles having to be cut.
I think I was very lucky. Nothing really went wrong for me and I was back at work, part time, at the beginning of June :). I even managed to go skiing in February of this year, so pretty much back to 'normal', albeit a new normal. For me, the tummy part of the operation was the most uncomfortable. I am still stiff sometimes and I can't stretch out fully anymore and most of the area below my belly button is numb. I have begun to have feeling return in my reconstructed boob, although on some days it's not a good sensation - quite sensative and not pleasant.
On the plus side, I can be thankful that the cancer hadn't turned invasive and no further treatment was needed 🙂
I hope this helps, but if you need any more information, just let me know.
Welcome to the forum. While you are waiting for other members to come along and offer support I thought you might also be interested in our one to one support service. You could be put in touch with a trained volunteer who has had the same procedure. You can find out more about this service if you click on this link:
I hope this is helpful.
Very best wishes