• Single or double mastectomy

    Asked by Nmschic1 on Thursday, December 6, 2018

    Single or double mastectomy

    14 Answers from the Community

    14 answers
    • Oceansidesteph's Avatar
      Oceansidesteph

      I decided on a single because my surgeon advised me to, my cancer was slow growing and I think he figured if I kept up with my yearly MRI’s and future mammograms, I would catch it before it spread. I’m 10 years post surgery and am still cancer free (hallelujah), however looking back I wish I would have had a double. The stress and worry that I will get cancer on the other side has been quite hard. I think I also kept one for my husband’s sake..(I was only 38 and felt like I needed to be sexually attractive, I’m older now and realize losing a breast did not make me less attractive) .it’s embarrassing to admit but true. If I could have done the nipple sparing surgery I for sure would have done a double. I have a pink ribbon tattooed on my breast where the nipple is missing and I wear it proud! Best of luck to you, remember to accept the love from others during this time, it makes the journey much more positive.

      11 days ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar
      beachbum5817

      I had a double mastectomy, because I didn't want to have to go through the surgery again. It is also what I always imagined I would do if faced with the decision. I also thought that it would be hard to see one natural breast and one implanted breast in the mirror each day. Of course, my scars are a reminder, but for me, I needed to have them "match". My breast surgeon said it was totally up to me. I have never regretted it. Good luck with making your decision. Keep us posted on how you are doing. Take care.

      11 days ago
    • suz55's Avatar
      suz55

      I had a single because that was what my medical team recommended six years ago, although they left the decision up to me. A year later I had reconstruction. During that year, I used scarves and layers to distract from the difference in appearance. Many women I know chose the double, and many chose no reconstruction. It's a stressful time when we have so many decisions to make. Whatever you decide, go with it and don't second guess yourself! Best wishes to you!!

      11 days ago
    • 4Boysmom's Avatar
      4Boysmom

      I just had a double mastectomy on November 16th. I’m doing well and getting around great. I had expanders placed at the same time and that to me is the worse part. Expanders feel like I have a super tight bra on and can’t remove it. I had a fill yesterday and it seemed to ease up. My cancer was on the left but for 10 years my Drs have been watching my right for something so that is why I choose a double , Plus I wanted to match as much as possible. I know it hard not to rethink your decision. Good luck.

      11 days ago
    • Horselady46's Avatar
      Horselady46

      I had a single and then a year later I had the other one as it was showing pre cancer. I wish I had done both at one time. I felt lopsided with only one breast. Especially having triple Ds.

      11 days ago
    • sheri56's Avatar
      sheri56

      I had a single 8 years ago. I was so overwhelmed with hearing I had cancer, I never asked about a double and none of my doctors even talked about it. Everything happened so fast. Oh, how I wish the subject would have come up. Now, I wear a prothesis. I don't mind that but I don't like being lopsided when I don't have it on. The prothesis and bra is uncomfortable by the end of the day. Going bra-less is uncomfortable. I think if I had had a double I would now be prothesis and bra-free.

      11 days ago
    • Oceansidesteph's Avatar
      Oceansidesteph

      I forgot to mention the fact that I am lopsided, which my plastic surgeon never warned me about.....

      11 days ago
    • Rustysmom's Avatar
      Rustysmom

      You know, if I were diagnosed at stage III, I probably would have opted for a double. I was stage II and had a single with reconstruction. But even with that they are not symmetrical, and I'm always putting a little pad in one side to balance everything out. Going flat, or having reconstruction on both gives you symmetry and the option to skip a bra altogether, since those babies are firm! Best of luck to you with your treatment.

      11 days ago
    • Jesse0218's Avatar
      Jesse0218

      I had a single mastectomy and reconstruction 4 years ago. I'm not even on both sides but decided not to have the last surgery almost 2 years ago which would have evened me up - at least for awhile anyway.
      I got over being uneven. It's more important what's inside a person rather than what they look like.
      I've already decided that when the implant I have now needs to be replaced, I'm going to tell them not to put another one in. Like I said - I'm over what I look like. If that's how you judge me as a friend, I don't need your friendship.

      10 days ago
    • banditwalker's Avatar
      banditwalker

      I had a bilateral because I was scared of BC coming back and I didn't mind losing them. I think those are the two biggest reasons there are for what kind of surgery you finally do.

      10 days ago
    • gpgirl70's Avatar
      gpgirl70

      I was diagnosed stage IIIc and opted for a bilateral. I could not have reconstruction at the same time due to significant lymph node involvement. I have opted to stay flat and I love it. I did get a full chest tattoo and it didn’t hurt because of the residual numbness! I have to say I feel very sexy. Exercising and running is so awesome without breasts.

      10 days ago
    • RoxyMom's Avatar
      RoxyMom

      Mine was ILC and slow growing. I went with single with immediate reconstruction. Only 3 months ago, but I’m glad I didn’t do both. No reason to at this time, and since mastectomy takes away all of the sensation in your breast, I didn’t want to give that up on both sides.

      9 days ago
    • mofields' Avatar
      mofields

      There is something most people are missing here - your insurance policy. I was Stage II and had a large tumor in my left breast. My surgeon said single left mastectomy. When I asked to have both done, think why go through this again, he said pretty plainly that couldn't be done because my insurance would not cover doing something to a healthy breast. So it was a single for me. So unless you plan to pay for the second breast yourself, I would check your health insurance first.

      8 days ago
    • gpgirl70's Avatar
      gpgirl70

      I’m not sure that is correct about insurance not paying for bilateral mastectomy. My surgeon gave me the option of single or double and insurance paid for the double. I don’t think breast cancer patients have money lying around to cover the cost of having a second breast removed out of pocket. I think sometimes surgeons have a bias when it comes to breast removal surgery. I also believe men can’t imagine a woman wanting to have a ‘healthy’ breast removed. I had a female surgeon and she was very thorough in going over the choices. She completely understood and supported my decision even though she would be removing a healthy breast.

      7 days ago

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