Breast Reconstruction (Flap) - cancer_spouse

Procedure or Surgery Associated with Breast Cancer. Posted on September 7, 2012 View this journey (11 Experiences)

Surgeries went very well. Cancer was localized and clear margins were achieved.
Doctors came down to review immediately after surgery was complete.
Second surgery (reconstruction) was long and recovery from anesthetic was very long (and anxiety inducing).
Hospital stay was excellent, albeit short. As always, they are interested in getting patients up and out.
Recovery at home has been much more difficult than expected. Wound care and drains were manageable, but tiring- a nuisance.
It took days before my wife could get out of a chair without help. The swelling was very slow to go down, and the binder (a.k.a. girdle) was both troublesome and uncomfortable. Mobility was far worse than either C-section she already went through.
It took 3(?) weeks before all the drains were removed. She required a 'touch-up' follow on surgery with the plastic surgeon to adjust for size and balance and to improve abdominal coverage- previous surgery left what seemed to be a high-hernia bulge.
Abdomen is consideraly weaker now, and she still has difficulty getting up from a prone position.

Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree

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