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    Sunshine123 asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Breast Cancer reconstruction

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      MarianneT

      NYC has a Hope Lodge. I wonder if you can contact them for help if you find a surgeon there. anyway I had silicone implants. Unfortunately In had enough belly to do either surgery. Some do not have the option due to body type. I chose implants because I was still a bit shaken (diagnosis to surgery decision was about 2 weeks and surgery 2 weeks after that). Iwanted a shorter recovery and my plastic surgeon assured me he will swap out my implants to do the flap if I did not like the results. If I did the flap it is not reversible. I felt like I wanted my surgery immediately and I could figure out if I wanted to change the implants down the road. It just worked well for me emotionally this way. Oh and I chose silicone over saline because it is much softer. Feels pretty natural. at this point I think I am keeping the implants and not doing the other surgery. Good luck to you

      about 7 years ago
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      I had the flap surgery. The expanders will go in after my radiation treatments are finished. I am using Dr. Jackson (Columbus, Indiana) who is an expert in the field. I've seen his portfolio. He does excellent work. At this point he plans to do a tummy tuck and use my own tissue or second choice is the gummies. He has a tremendously good reputation. I suggest you call the American Cancer Society and see if they can find some place you can stay or a volunteer you can stay with. They are a fantastic help. Then consult with a flap surgeon if that is what you prefer. Don't be sorry later. I suggest you do what YOU want.

      about 7 years ago
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      I live in Ulster county and have seen a plastic surgeon. In the Bronx. She is one of the few who does d flap. I havent had any work done but she offered to contact another patient who lives near me so I could ask about her experience. If you would like the doctors number I ll send it to you. She was really nice., down to earth and warm, things usually lacking from ame doctors.

      about 7 years ago
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    I asked a question yesterday regarding reconstruction options post mastectomy. I'm not good with the computer-----started late in life to learn. Anyway, I want to thank all the people who were kind enough to take the time to give me their answers. They were very helpful. God bless you all.

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    Sunshine123 asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Reconstruction surgery

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      I was one of the folks who had the saline implant approach, so at time of Mastectomy, I had an expander placed also. But, my body rejected the expander and it had to be removed. This was last year around this time. So, then I completed my chemo, rads, etc. and just had to have some scar tissue removed...tested as well...thank God it was just scar tissue, another worry time for me. But, now I'm looking at this Fall for the DIEP method. They take fat from stomach and add to breast, then reconnect the blood vessels so you have your own tissue. I don't think anyone recommends Trans Flap anymore since it involves moving muscle from your back to the breast. I know of someone who had it done and feels like the muscle is pulling back and it is not staying in place in the breast area... also you lose strength in the back and other issues. The DIEP is the modern approach now although it is a long surgery and recovery. I'm scared, but that expander just didn't work for me.

      about 7 years ago
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      I had the type of trans flap that involved the stomach. I deceded on it because I wanted some of my stomach fat taken away. However, as big as I thought I was, it wasn't enough to make complete breasts so now I am have the new silicone implants put in. They are safer now than they use to be and much softer than the saline ones. The new ones have a gel inside and double walled. So even if the outer wall were to get a little hole there is no chance of leakage and if the inner wall were to get a small hole the gel just forms and clog and goes nowhere. I didn't even consider the type of flap surgery where they take it from your back. I can't imagine that the pain would ever go away on that one.

      about 7 years ago
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      Hi Sunshine. I agree with Laurie, I too had the tram flap. I did research on the different procedures that could be done and I had a long talk with my plastic surgeon. I felt the tram flap was the best for me. Even though my body could reject my own tissues, the chances were slim and to get rid of the stomach, YES! The worst part of the whole procedure was having to stay in the hospital room in 90 degree heat for two days, but with cups of ice to suck on and a wet wash cloth I made it. I had no complications, the drain tubes got in my way but they didn't cause me pain. All in all I have been completely satisifed with my decision. Research it thoroughly and talk to as many doctors as it takes until you feel comfortable and at peace with a decision.

      about 7 years ago