• Diep Flap Reconstruction failed. What next?

    Asked by lovinglife on Thursday, December 6, 2012

    Diep Flap Reconstruction failed. What next?

    Has anyone had their diep flap breast reconstruction fail. Doctor could not get enough blood flow going. This was in June 2011. Is there another option for me?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac (Best Answer!)

      There are several options. You could try to diep flap again using another transplant area, you could have implants, or you could have no reconstruction

      almost 8 years ago
    • lovinglife's Avatar

      Doctor said I could not have implants because I had radiation.

      almost 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      You might want to get a second opinion. I know of quite a few women who have had implants after radiation.

      But any reconstruction option has a risk of failure. The safest alternative is no reconstruction.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      Sorry to hear, that's tough (but you're not alone). You may want to ask your surgeon about expanding skin in your back to use in front to reconstruct your breasts. I do know of one woman that had lumpectomy and radiation in one breast followed by a double mastectomy with reconstruction when she was 55. The outcome was fine. She's slim, a non smoker, and doesn't have diabetes. I think all of those things - weight, diabetes, smoking, and of course prior radiation can result in a bad outcome. Better to use skin that hasn't been exposed to radiation (harvested from your back). If this surgeon doesn't listen, another one will let me know when you speak to your plastic surgeon :). Having breast is important to our mental health, I know the reconstruction has helped me tremendously (double scarless lat dorsi).

      almost 8 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar

      I hope all is better.

      Your question reminded me of some content we have on reconstruction experiences.




      It also reminded me to let WhatNexters know about our Beginner's Guide to Cancer, including a guide on how women chose between a lumpectomy and mastectomy.


      Best of luck to all,

      about 7 years ago

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