• I had a masctumy of the left breast and have not had recunstruction surgry yet am kind of scared

    Asked by tweety on Wednesday, September 12, 2012

    I had a masctumy of the left breast and have not had recunstruction surgry yet am kind of scared

    If any one has had recontrution surgery please help ease my mind what type did u have and how many days of work did you miss

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    • lynn1950's Avatar

      I wish I could help you. I had a bilateral mastectomy and after 4 years I'm still sitting on the fence but leaning towards "just go and do it." (Probably next summer.)

      about 4 years ago
    • oskygirl's Avatar

      I recently had a mastectomy of the left breast with immediate reconstruction. The first two weeks were the worst but now after six weeks I am so glad I went ahead and did it. I actually have a breast again where they removed the diseased one. I still have a couple more surgeries ahead of me but everyone tells me the worst is over now.

      about 4 years ago
    • momkay's Avatar

      had reconstruction surgery at the same time as my left breast mastectomy. They also lifted my right breast at the same time That was 16 years ago I was 36 the only thing I would do different was not have them at same time only because reconstructed breast shrunk alot from radiation. But the reconstruction - I would do it again. Yes there is some recovery, soreness and can't lift for awhile and I came home with drains for about a week. I missed approx. 6 weeks of work. . My sister had the reconstruction 3 years ago (was going to have the implant but I talked her into the reconstruction) and she is very happy also. Yes all surgery is scary but the benefit of having your own breast tissue is huge. Plus my perk was I also got a tummy tuck for free. Hope this has helped you good luck and if you have any other question please let me know.

      about 4 years ago
    • SusanK's Avatar

      I just finished reconstruction of both breasts. Reconstruction started the day of my bi-lateral matectomy. I went into it blindly, pretty much, although the plastic surgeon showed me videos and gave me literature on the process. I, too, was scared. There was some discomfort after each "fill"; the doctor added saline every couple weeks to the implanted tissue expander to create the pouch, or area that would eventually hold the implant. This discomfort lasted for only a day or so each time. I was very glad to get the tissue expander removed and the actual silicone implants put it. That surgery was so much easier than the matectomy; there were no drain bulbs to worry about and the pain was far less intense, just discomfort for a couple days. Just last week the plastic surgeon completed the process by tattooing and creating nipples, quite remarkable, actually. He created something out of nothing...and it took about ten months from my diagnosis. There were some bad days along the way--mostly chemo-related. I hope you have a wonderful plastic surgeon and staff at his/her office who will answer your questions and calm your fears. It wasn't an awful experience, truly, and I feel pleased with the results. I am 61, a retired teacher. Best of luck to you. Don't be afraid...and always, always...ask those questions!

      about 4 years ago
    • savingrace's Avatar

      I had a mastectomy of my left breast 11 years ago. Five years ago, after much prayer and listening to the directions from God, I had reconstruction. It was the best thing I could have ever done. Now when I look in the mirror I feel good, happy and whole. I had an excellent plastic surgeron and very little complications. The drain tubes were the worst, not painful just aggrevating. What I recommend: do research on plastic surgerons in your area and ask any and all questions that come to mind. Make sure that you are completely comfortable within yourself of your decision for reconstruction.

      about 4 years ago
    • anniebharts' Avatar

      Don't know if this will be helpful in your situation; just thought I'd share it as an alternative perspective. I was 46 when I had a mastectomy of the right breast. I elected not to have any reconstructive surgery - I felt I was already going through enough and did not want to put my body through any more than I absolutely had to. Admittedly, my decision was helped by the fact that I was never "well-endowed" and had stopped wearing bras years before. Still, it has required an adjustment in perspective and self-perception to learn to live proudly with just one breast. I took heart from Audre Lorde's experiences and perspectives, which I had read years before - I like to think of myself as belonging to her army of one-breasted warriors against cancer. I've not used any prosthetic devices in the subsequent six years. I am simply more asymmetrical than I was before. I have never regretted my decision.

      about 4 years ago
    • tweety's Avatar

      I would like to thank everybody for their help i have a app, with a plastic surgen next tue. to find out when i can get the surgery done god bless everyone you guys helped ease my mind thanks again

      about 4 years ago
    • sunshyne's Avatar

      I had a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction in January 2012. I had expanders put in and weekly fills until I was back to my c cup. it wasn't painful but uncomfortable. the expanders were very hard. in April. I had the switch. to the memory gel implants. that was a breeze. I didn't miss work during the expansion process, I only missed work from the mastectomy/expander placement. My plastic surgeon was wonderful through it all. I have yet to have the nipple reconstruction, tattoos.

      about 4 years ago
    • jvbaseballmom2's Avatar

      I had a bilateral mastectomy, with reconstruction of both breasts. I had saline implants. It to ok me about 4 weeks to recover from the mastectomy, but only a day or two to recover from the implant procedures. I only missed a couple of days when I had my implant procedure. I also had nipple reconstruction and tatooing. I love the outcome. It has been 6+ years, and no problems. I also love that I have not had to wear a bra in over 6 years - freedom!!!

      about 4 years ago
    • Damaris' Avatar

      Well, not everyone experience is the same.In my case it didn't work out that well because my tummy on the right side was to scared from hysterectomy that my surgeon couldn't use it for my right breast, and I wanted my right breast removed because my cancer was too hard to detect and aggressive, so I wanted to prevent having to go through the same experience again. Now I have my left breast reconstructed and waiting for my right side to heal so I can have an implant, aside from that it wasn't that painful after the first week but it still uncomfortable and it's been 5 weeks since my surgery, been out of work since then. At the end is your decision, maybe what you should ask yourself is what is more important to you, if a more natural look with a more invasive procedure or less invasive and use implants. Good luck to you and know that is normal been kind of scare.

      about 4 years ago
    • Sandraj09's Avatar

      I have had the trans flap surgery, then had to have the latissimus Dorsi muscle procedure. If the trans flap had worked it would have been great. Unfortunately tissue died and had to be removed. I don't know the % of how often that happens so ask your doctor for specifics. The latissimus Dorsi procedure was easy but I regret it every day. No one told me that it is common to get muscle cramps. I am a few years past that procedure and still get very back muscle cramps in the breast when ever I use the arm for things like washing windows, vacume and raking, etc. Apparently that will not ever change. I know everyone reacts differently and dont' want to scare you but just thought you should know. Good luck with whatever decision you make.

      about 4 years ago

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