Angie, my plastic surgeon told me that they like to leave it a year after finishing rads before doing a recon. I finished mine on 1 September 2012 and will have my recon early next year (they would have done it Nov/Dec this year but I have delayed because of family commitments). Hopefully you will be able to have yours done next year too. Good luck xx
it seems like its quite a while then. i was expecting it to be at the end of next year sometime but probably not, that would be a year after rads, maybe not long enough to recover?
thanks for the info, i think i'm going to have plenty of time to decide what to do haha
I had my mastectomy in 2007 and was unable to have an immediate recon due to proposed rads. After that I went on the waiting list after I'd finished herceptin, and finally had a delayed LD flap with implant recon in 2010. I am very pleased with the result, am delighted I did it, and I think when you have lived with a mx for a while you appreciate the recon all the more.
I had my mastectomy in 2007 and didn't have my reconstruction until November 2012 - so five years on! Anyway I'm very pleased with what I've had done. I also had preventative surgery 3 years ago so have now had both sides done and they're amazingly symmetrical.
My case not the same as yours as I didn't have rads but when I had mx I was told by my surgeon that an immediate recon was not advisable in case I did have rads after chemo.
My BCN afterwards told me my surgeon should never have advised me that way,
I had mx and chemo and waited 18 months from mx to have my LD recon.
I've had various fat transfers in the last 2 years so my whole experience has been about 3.5 years - I'm having a nipple recon this week.
The delay caused me no physical probs as didnt't have rads, but psychologically I found it difficult without a breast for that long.
Good luck with your ops
im at the end of traetment since september and had mx and anc, chemo then 15 rads. i expect at some point to start discussions about recon - i wasnt told until after mx that i could have had immediate recon. so has anyone had the op and if so how did it go, was it ok, does the delay cause extra problems, did rads alter the time it took to get recon, anything you can tell me will be helpful. ive heard about 18months after treatment finishes, is that about right?
thanks, angie xx