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    Seeking mastectomy info

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      MLT

      I had a unilateral Mx in Feb 2013. Tried the prosthesis, but found it uncomfortable. By summer was exploring reconstruction. I wanted prophylactic Mx on other side and leaned toward DIEP flaps . I knew with previous radiation that my skin was thinner on that side and knew my chances of implant trouble were greater. I saw 3 plastic surgeons. 1 refused, would only do implant bc of my age, 62. Loved the last one, very encouraging. I prayed hard for guidance, was led there with my plan in place. Had the procedure in Nov and have been very pleased! My other breast did have atypical cells, so I know I did the right thing for me. Go to at least 3 plastic surgeons if you can.
      I do think if I had had bilatetal Mx to start with, I may have been fine with it. I was small and saggy, knew there was no matching what was left.

      about 1 year ago
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      PrettyToes

      I had bilateral mastectomies. Opted for no reconstruction. Too many women I have talked to have had complications with that, no matter which procedure they chose. Many have chronic pain because of the reconstruction. Virtually everyone with reconstruction that I have talked to has had 2 or 3 surgeries to correct something, which means more scar tissue. One woman showed me her chest , with her ribs showing after she got an infection in her implant. As much as I would like to have breasts again, I don’t think there is a good option. I am glad that the 2 readers above have had good outcomes, but that seems to be the exception, rather than the norm based on women I have talked to.

      about 1 year ago
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      fbard

      I had BM June 2018. After viewing implants filled with mold and other sites that seem to link implants as causing cancer, I chose no reconstruction at my age, 57 at the time. I also had one side that wasn't healing. It could have been worse if I was doing reconstruction. I was fitted with prosthetics, but I am short and they are heavy. At this time, I just wear camisoles and no one pays any attention. Please look for photos. It helped me be prepared for when the bandages came off.

      about 1 year ago
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