• DIEP a Success!

    Asked by debco148 on Saturday, October 5, 2013

    DIEP a Success!

    I'm just a week out from surgery now and am beginning to understand why DIEP surgery for reconstruction is so amazing. First. all the horror stories about time in hospital and pain, etc ....NOT TRUE! The key is to find an expert surgeon in this area. My surgeon did over a 1000 of these so I knew he'd probably seen every thing. There was a real good chance I knew going in that it may not take at all due to radiation damage of the mammory artery that is needed to get blood supply to the fat now placed in the breast. This surgery is amazing. Yes, i had a lot of discomfort, surgery was about 6 hrs..not the 12 I heard before and I was in the hospital only 3 days! So next week drains all come out and I can see swelling is already reduced and my tummy is nice and flat. The breast is so natural feeling. I orginally had the expander in which my body rejected and this feels so much better right off the start. I'd definitely recommend this! Just find someone whose done at least 300 of them! Deb

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    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar
      Ydnar2xer

      Deb--This is GREAT news, not only for you but for the many of us (me included) who are facing DIEP in the near future. My PS is head of the department and has done "over 500" of them, so I believe in his skills and am looking forward to getting DIEP behind me after Nov. 6th. Please keep me posted on your healing process and emotional changes as time goes by. CONGRATS!

      6 months ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      Great news, I am so happy that your surgery went well, I'm doing a happy dance. Sending you hugs and healing vibes.

      6 months ago
    • Samcharlie's Avatar
      Samcharlie

      Thank you so much for posting this good news! It was wonderful and uplifting to hear of this when I have gotten stuck in the rut of worry about future "what ifs" bad scenarios. I know this good feeling will ease me through the days. Again, thanks , congratulations and continued healing!

      6 months ago
    • Msreje's Avatar
      Msreje

      So nice to hear GREAT NEWS!!!!! I too had a DIEP and agree with you. My plastic surgeon is amazing!!!! If anybody needs a referral he is in Long Island, Nassau County. Not only is he talented but his kindness and bedside manners are outstanding. I had one breast done and he matched it to my existing one. My tummy is UNBELIEVABLE!!! It is flat and smooth. My surgery took 12 hours as the surgeon had to perform the mastectomy first and then the plastic surgeon took over. My stay at the hospital was for five days. A year after my surgery my belly area and breast are still numb, feeling is gradually returning but it takes a very long time. I am very happy with my choice, my DIEP was a success!!!!

      6 months ago
    • suz55's Avatar
      suz55

      Thank you for sharing this. I will be meeting with a surgeon soon and can now listen with a more open mind about the choices. I had a unilateral last November, and feel ready to tackle this next step since it has been almost 5 months since chemo ended.

      6 months ago
    • HearMeRoar's Avatar
      HearMeRoar

      Deb- I'm so thankful to you for posting this as I have the surgery schduled for Dec 13. I am also thankful that you had a good experience and are doing well!! Can you keep us posted?? I'm hoping to return to work in 3 weeks - doc thinks it might be possible!

      6 months ago
    • junie1's Avatar
      junie1

      So glad you had a good experience with the DIEP,, my daughter,tiaria30, had the same operation. she went to Moffit Cancer Ctr,, and was in surgery for over 12 hrs!! it was the longest day of my life! my friends & family was there,most of the day,, my other daughter was there till they took maria to ICU recovery room, maria went into a cartiact arrestt ( sp),, her heart rate went sky high,, But the surgery went really well!! she loves her body, and has done the nipple recon surgery, and she looks good!! she would recommend the DIEP to other women,, and YES,, they need to be connected with a surgeron who does this all the time,,,if you need any info,, contact her on this site,, she is tiaria30 ,, Good Luck,, don't over do it,, rest,, listen to both your doctor and your body,,, God Bless,, junie1

      6 months ago
    • MLT's Avatar
      MLT

      Thank you for the positives! I'm scheduled for unilateral prophylactic mastectomy and DIEP on Nov 5. Having some anxiety about the surgery and some guilt over not being able to watch grandchildren for awhile afterwards. I know it's pressure I'm putting on myself and my kids are supportive. Soooo glad to hear you are doing so well. Thanks again! Keep us updated.
      Marcia

      6 months ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar
      Nonnie917

      I wish mine had gone that easy and my doctor has done hundreds of these types of operations. But everybody is different and I am glad yours went so well. Congrats!

      6 months ago
    • Steph921's Avatar
      Steph921

      Thanks for sharing the great news! I'm trying to schedule mine now and keep second guessing myself so it's very comforting to hear yours went so well! Here's wishing you a speedy recovery!!

      6 months ago
    • kathykkl's Avatar
      kathykkl

      Deb. will you please share the name of the facility where you had your DIEP?

      6 months ago

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