• Tram Flap Nightmare

    Asked by Lauren65 on Thursday, January 12, 2017

    Tram Flap Nightmare

    After my mastectomy in 2011, I ended up having a tram flap reconstruction, which turned out to be a HUGE mistake. Has anyone else had this type of reconstruction and ended up regretting it? I've had nothing but complications and issues. The reconstructed breast has been hurting for over a year now. My last mammogram on my remaining breast, the radiologist noted it was "extremely dense" thus making mammography very difficult. WTF. This is my second bout with breast cancer, I am over having boobs, and I want BOTH of them removed. Is this a reasonable request? I've mentioned this to my oncology social worker, and she said I should not have to live in this pain like this. I'm afraid my oncologist will try and talk me out of doing this. I don't need more pain meds, People I have mentioned this to think I am out of my mind, but I have given it all a lot of thought, and I just want them GONE. Has anyone else felt this way? I don't know how to go about getting this ball rolling.

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    • banditwalker's Avatar
      banditwalker

      I am one of those who had the option on having just one breast removed or both. I chose both. I wanted them gone. I wanted it out of my body and not be able to return (in the breast anyway). I had the DIEP Flap surgery and all did not go well but I found a second plastic surgeon who made everything OK again. I also have always had large breasts and was ready for new ones. Hope you can get insurance to cover this and a doctor who will tell them it needs to be done.

      over 4 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Your body, your choices.

      Im very sorry for your pains.

      over 4 years ago
    • MLT's Avatar
      MLT

      I am so sorry this did not go well for you. No one should have to suffer constant pain. Sounds like you have made the right decision for you. Insurance should pay once you meet your deductible. Interview different drs., plastic surgeons, until you feel comfortable with one. Hugs

      over 4 years ago

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