Hi, I had an immediate diep reconstruction after a dx of lots of DCIS in a b cup. I'm 45 with 3 children aged tween 5 and 13 and boys!! I initially wanted an implant, an immeduate implant, actually whatever they could do quickest tbh!!! but the more I looked into it and researched I realised implants could be quite a commitment long term ( replacement, infection risk etc etc) which for me being a hospital-phobe, swung me round. I'd also heard the inflation time can be difficult for some. My hospital were very balanced with the info I was given but were always honest that a diep would offer some benefits over implants, feel, softness and particularly symmetry in my case. Although you need a strong-stomach to cope with the description of the op and immediate recovery as , as tends to be the way they tell you every possible hitch and side effect in one go!! I'm nearly finished, 9 months on, I was lucky enough not to need any balancing to the other boob and I'd say no one would know what's happened to me in clothes , even underwear and it would take very close scrutiny , even naked to spot!! That , if I allow myself to dwell on it, is fairly amazing after 3 pregnancies, alot of breastfeeding and a mastectomy. I was only in for 3 nights, but again that's largely due to my hospital fears and I know pushing my luck ...first few days after are grim but doable stomach very tight difficult to walk for few days... then lots of rest and complete help needed at home for 2-3 weeks then 2ish months to function pretty ok light exercise, driving, kids..I haven't really had any pain outside of the first few weeks. scarring is something to think about with diep even though I'd seen lots of photos, the reality of a hip to hip scar is a shocker to start with . I also got the occasional tightenings in my stomach particularly if I overdid it for the first few months.. The other issue for me was a fair bit of delayed shock after the main surgery, including nightmares and /or insomnia I'd definitely been on autopilot coping with all the decisions and dx in a quick time frame. I think its unavoidable to some extent but wish I'd been a bit better prepared for its appearance. Overall I'm pleased I found the nerve to do it and definitely very pleased with the results. Hope helpful for you.
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