• Breast reconstruction from tummy tuck

    Asked by Texanfan on Thursday, May 16, 2013

    Breast reconstruction from tummy tuck

    I'm am having reconstruction on both breasts on May 23 from my tummy. I need to know who has done this and how did it go?

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • laurie's Avatar

      I had a tram flap in December 2011. They did a lift on my good breast so everything would match. By breast look better now than they did before breast cancer. I have had the nipple done twice and the problem is it loses projection over time. I love having a flat belly. Be warned - having a flat stomach makes your hips look bigger! I had a great plastic surgeon that fixed that for me! Good luck with your surgery!

      almost 8 years ago
    • DYTYBR's Avatar

      Hi Texanfan,

      I just had a bilateral with tram flap reconstruction in January 2013. I am glad I did it. It's by no means easy but very doable! I haven't had nipple reconstruction as yet because I just finished radiation. My recovery took all of 6 weeks. A friend suggested I get a recliner chair with power lift...I was able to rent one from a medical store and it really helped me. I even slept in it. I agree with Laurie my hips look bigger. LOL!

      almost 8 years ago
    • DYTYBR's Avatar

      I hit send to quickly...best wishes on your surgery and let us know if you have any more specific questions.


      almost 8 years ago
    • strongdeb's Avatar

      Best of luck to you and please keep in touch, as I am scheduled for a diep flap (tummy tuck and reconstruction) July 5th, unilateral, so I hope everything will match when all is said and done.

      almost 8 years ago
    • savingrace's Avatar

      I had the tram flap done in December 2007 and am still well pleased. I'm like laurie, love having a flat stomach. Because of my size (small, LOL) I didn't have to have anything done to the other breast. My surgeon did a wonderful job reconstructing my new one to match. I pray all will go well for you.

      almost 8 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      Best of luck.. I'm am scheduled for this as well on my left- it is call DIEP surgery. I understand it is a long surgery (8+ hrs) since they take fat and tissue from stomach and then reconnect the blood vessels so you have living tissue in the breast vs. artificial fill. My surgeon told me if you want to lose more weight do it before, since once you have this you should not be planning a big diet..any fat you lose will shrink the new breast! Also, the healing is about 6 weeks. So let me know how you do, mine is Sep 27. I do hear results are wonderful. Best!

      almost 8 years ago
    • Texanfan's Avatar

      Thanks to everyone who responded! I feel better now! I'm ready to get this part done!

      almost 8 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar

      Dear Texanfan: I had that very operation done on my BL mastectomy. Expect to spend at least 3 to 4 days in the hospital. They hook you up to a monitor to make sure the blood is flowing to the new breast fat. That is very important because if the blood flow stops it dies. Be prepared to be stooped over for a month or so because of the tummy incision. I know I was. You won't be allowed to straighten up for a while and hubby or whomever will have to change your dressing every day. When all was said and done with mine I didn't have enough fat (and I had a pretty large belly and stomach) there wasn't enough fat to make breasts. They are so small I don't even have to wear a bra I'm that flat chested, but that is not to say that will happen to you. Be sure you go to your pre-op appointment with your list of questions. I am having gel implants put in on the 24th of June. They slip them in under the flap they put in, form and shape and I will have breasts again. Be prepared for the other operations you will have concerning these flaps. Just don't let the doctor do them close together like they did me. I ended up with acute kidney failure and it scared the heck out of me. My final reconstruction operation was put on hold for two months until the kidneys got back to normal and my red cell count got back to normal. I was sleeping all day and all night and it was my GP who figured out I might be anemic and I was so now I take iron. Each doctor is different so be sure you discuss everything that concerns you with him/her before your surgery. It is a little scary, but you will come through it with flying colors. Just be patient with yourself and DO NOT do anything the doctor tells you not to do. If you need help because you don't have anyone at home to help you contact the American Cancer Society and they can get you some help or some resources where you can get free help from volunteers. Good luck.

      almost 8 years ago

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