• reconstructive surgery

    Asked by virginisland11 on Sunday, March 10, 2013

    reconstructive surgery

    Its been two yrs since my masectomy and I am mentally ready to have reconsructive surgery. I was wondering if its to late? I am tired of the prosthesis. Help!!!!

    13 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      No it is not too late. There is no time frame for reconstructive surgery or any type of cosmetic surgery. You might want to check with your insurance company though, to make sure they do not have some sort of time restriction.

      over 3 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I don't think its too late....make an appt with a PS....and let the PS tell you what options are available in regards to type of recon.....

      over 3 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar
      Ydnar2xer (Best Answer!)

      Actually, my PS was very supportive of my decision to put my recon off until October! He said he understood how anyone going through cancer might want a break from doctors and hospitals--and that the recon I am planning on (DIEP) can take up to 14 months to complete, so it'd be much better if I'm really ready to go ahead with it. (It might take that long because he does it in 3 separate operations & there needs to be healing time in between them.) I say, GO FOR IT!

      over 3 years ago
    • virginisland11's Avatar

      I go get my mamogram on the 20th of this month I will ask then. I am very nervous bout my mamogram but I will keep positive. Thanks for the info bout reconstructive surgery.

      over 3 years ago
    • ruthieq's Avatar

      It is never too late to reconstruct! You have waited the period that is often stated "2 years after rads". See a good Plastic surgeon to find out all your options. Then choose the one right for you. Keep in mind that if the PS doesn't do many of the particular kind you want, ask him who does many of them (more than 500 a year). If they won't tell you or try to discourage you from what you want, seek out Angie's list online to find someone in your area that does what you want. Good luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • savingrace's Avatar

      As it has been said, it is never too late. The best time to do it is when you are ready. I feel mentally ready is the most important factor. I got my reconstruction 5 years after my mastectomy. Research the different types of reconstruction, search a good PS to find out what is best for you. Good Luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • Miriam's Avatar

      I am four weeks out from having a second mastectomy and reconstruction surgery on both breasts. Although I am still sore, the outcome has been good and I am anxious to finish this process. Due to a problem with my right breast surgery after my first mastectomy it will take another 10 weeks to fill the right implant completely.

      It took me over a year to decide on what I wanted to do. It is a big step but now that I am almost through it I am very happy I just jumped in and did it. Talk yo you plastic surgeon and ask to have the process completed exxplained to you. This is very helpful. I asked lots of questions due to the problems I had with the first implant. I changed plastic surgeons and had complete confidence in this one. That is huge!

      Good luck on your decision. Whatever it is it will be the best for you.

      over 3 years ago
    • Lindy's Avatar

      Smart the wait, the rush to reconstruction at original surgery not always wise. Get a look see on the surgeons web site, they do like to show off their results. Thumbs up all the way for you.

      over 3 years ago
    • nonnie917's Avatar

      I don't think it is ever too late to have reconstructive surgery. At least that is what my doctor led me to believe. You have to have exspanders put it first and they get keep getting adjusted until they hit the size you want to come close to. The doctor usually determines the fit for us by his measurements he takes. I am on my last leg of this journey. I have a pre-op on my implants on the 13th. He will then determine what size I should be, see if I agree with it. I then get handle ans see the implants so I know what they look like and feel like before they are inserted to my body. You should look up new silicone implants. Lots of info on the new ones now. No chance of leaking and causing more cancer. It's a gel like substance and the video I saw showed the doctor pushing hard on that puppy and only a little blob stayed right where it came from. So I am really looking forward to my last surgery and now I am going to look and feel. I have good doctors too which helps a lot. I can't wait. I am so excited about the finish line. Then 3 months later they put the nipple in and then (I can't remember how long after the nipples are made before I can get my tattoo), but they are not going to be the regular areola type tattoo. I am going to have roses instead. It will make me feel good about myself and only my husband and I will see them anyway. So we are both excited. So talk to your doctor. If you don't like his/her answers get a second opinion. I live in a small town and we were lucky to have this plastic surgeon while we had him. I have to travel to Everett now to see him and have the operation done, but it is worth it to me. Our little town no longer has a plastic surgeon and I am sticking with the one I know and know for sure he does a great job. Good luck on your decision making and research.

      over 3 years ago
    • nonnie917's Avatar

      VirginIsland11: don't be nervous about the upcoming mammogram. Insist on an MRI. They are more trustworthy than those stinking outdated mammograms. My mammo showed two spots which got biopsied, but the third spot that my surgeon found at the 5:30 position (the other 2 were at the 1 and 2:00 positions) caused him some concern and he ordered and MRI. Found out it was cancer and I had 2 clusters in the left breast that didn't even show up on the mammo. He ordered an MRI and that test suggested a tripple guided MRI biopsy. Told him to forget it just take them both off. I didn't want to spend the rest of my life worrying about whether those 2 spot were going to turn into invasive cancer somewhere down the road. He told me I made a wise decision and that most women were make that same decision now for the same reason. After the surgery the doctor told he he got it all and the clusters in the left breast were not cancer. Do I regret having it removed?? NO. I have peace of mind now. Good luck on whatever you decide. Just know it your decision will be for you and not for others.

      over 3 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      No it is not too late. You just need to know what options are available for you: Trans Flap, Expanders, or even DIEP. A Plastic Surgeon will have to evaluate what is best for you based on many factors.

      over 3 years ago
    • mamakas' Avatar

      I waited a little over a year to get my implants. I wasn't ready before. Had a little anxiety. I felt really ready and had it done. One implant was lower so I had another surgery yesterday to get it lifted. They look much better. Still have to get the nipples in a few months. It's all working out good. recovery time isn't too long. I'm excited to finally get this all done. It's never too late! Good luck with everything. They will give you literature so you can decide which type of reconstructive surgery will be right for you and you'll have time to read through it and go at your own pace.

      over 3 years ago
    • ladyhawk's Avatar

      I'm in the same boat, i'm seeing a plastic surgeon this august, I just wish they can do it my way, in one surgery, instead of having to go back again.

      over 3 years ago

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