Experiences with Breast Reconstruction (Flap)

Breast reconstruction can be done after a mastectomy procedure due to breast cancer. Breast tissue flap procedures can be done using tissue from your tummy, back, thighs, or buttocks to rebuild the breast. The two most common types of tissue flap procedures are the TRAM flap (transverse rectus abdominis muscle flap) which is taken from the lower abdomen area, and the latissimus dorsi flap which is taken from the upper back. After tissue flap procedures there are two scars; one scar is where the tissue is taken and one is on the breast. Scars from breast reconstruction fade over time but will never go away completely. There is a risk of differences in size or shape of the breasts and risk of pain from the surgical sites.

Women that opt for tissue flap procedures have experienced many different outcomes. There is no way to predict how exactly your surgery will turn out. However, many WhatNexter’s give the same advice: consider all your options, think about getting a second opinion, communicate well with your surgeon, and make the decision that you feel most comfortable with. Sometimes it is good to ask others what decisions they have made concerning breast reconstruction. There are endless questions and many different combinations of breast reconstruction. Ask questions and post firsthand insights below.

  1. 11 months ago
    BreastCancer17's Avatar

    Breast Reconstruction (Flap)

    Procedure or Surgery

    L-flap with fat transfer.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Milin
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 1 year ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Flap)

    Procedure or Surgery

    Here I'm again after the Reconstruction surgery, It was on May 15th. When your doctor tells you is going to be 8 weeks to recover, d...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  2. about 1 year ago
    FastFingers' Avatar

    Breast Reconstruction (Flap)

    Procedure or Surgery

    This procedure was mastectomy of remaining breast followed by reconstruction.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
  3. over 1 year ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Flap)

    Procedure or Surgery

    Free flap from ab with glut vein attached moved to my chest wall, vein reattached to my flap. Surgery took 7 hours. Very painful rec...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • joybeth
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 2 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Flap)

    Procedure or Surgery

    Painful, slow recovery. Belly button did not survive. Had to pack with gauze.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
  4. almost 2 years ago
    bcforavon's Avatar

    Breast Reconstruction (Flap)

    Procedure or Surgery

    Experiencing now Not pleasant.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
  5. over 2 years ago
    RoadrunnerBOKO's Avatar

    Breast Reconstruction (Flap)

    Procedure or Surgery

    The abdominal screen is the most difficult to get used to

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
  6. over 3 years ago
    zippyloula's Avatar

    Breast Reconstruction (Flap)

    Procedure or Surgery

    At a later procedure had the Arreola tattooed on.

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
    • Las928
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    almost 4 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Flap)

    Procedure or Surgery

    Still in recovery but overall very happy with results

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • JNW
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) Du...
    about 4 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Flap)

    Procedure or Surgery

    Right now I'm in that 24 to 48 hour most painful stage, but hopefully I'm ending this part of the journey and will find my new norma...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
  7. about 4 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Flap)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had the DIEP flap procedure for reconstruction. Not as bad I as I though it would be. 8 weeks out and healing nicely.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
  8. about 4 years ago
    cheypeggy's Avatar

    Breast Reconstruction (Flap)

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had to have the TRAM flap on the left side because of the scar tissue on left side.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
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