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    Decision on Breast Reconstruction surgery

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      Laurie

      For one thing, take into account recovery time and length of time you need to see plastics person. I didn't realize I would need to be going weekly for injections in the expanders (100 mi round trip). It also depends on how big you want to be. Obviously, expanders take less time if they aren't going to be as big. Some of the flap surgeries you will need to home for 3-8 weeks to heal.
      I have no sensation in any skin on my right mastectomy (implant failed, so currently "flat") and only in the top portion of the skin on the left (with implant). I don't think it's the implant or flap that causes the loss of sensation so much as the original mastectomy itself.
      The expanders are hard and immovable and felt like there were in my way all the time. The silicone is soft and more movable, but not like the real thing. The scar has retracted, so it looks like there is an "upper" and "lower" half (well, to ME, anyway). The pictures I was shown and saw on-line looked way better than I do. I still feel like the implant is somewhat in the way of my arm, but, I can't tell if it's the implant or just post-mastectomy (I still have a lot of tightness to my chest and under the armpits), but it's not as bad as the flat side. Am strongly considering just having the implant removed and be done with it and not continue with more surgery. For me, it's a little harder to move on when I have to keep going to doctor, fix the surgery, etc. than to just be done and learn to live with it.

      about 5 years ago
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      HopefulJourney

      i dont plan on any reconstruction work either, have something else
      not even related i have to go do next week:( am scared

      about 5 years ago
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      karen1956

      I had bilat with immediate recon...expanders then silicone implants...in clothes, I think I look "normal"...like a small chested woman.....in fact after I swapped my larger implants out for smaller ones, one of my girlfriends, said I looked like the "old" me....to me that was the ultimate compliment....I don't have any of the finishing touches (nipples or aereolas)....naked, my chest does not look like real boobs...to me or my husband...it looks like two hamburger buns stuck on my chest....the implants are soft....not much real feeling....As much as I still struggle with it all, in clothes I am happy with how I look.....

      about 5 years ago
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    I seeking some stories from experience from BC survivors who have had reconstruction surgery. Particularly which type and have you regained any feeling sensation in your breast. As well as how well do you like you new breast. In terms of do they look real? Do they feel real to the touch? Can you feel any sensation when they are touch, whether its by you, your partner, clothing, bras etc? Lastly if you have a partner, husband or lover what do they think about how they feel?

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    Decision Point (Surgery and breast reconstruction): I have 6 more weeks of chemo left and then surgery. I am now faced with surgery choices of mastectomy or bilateral mastectomy and breast reconstruction. I been reading about the reconstruction options and feel overwhelmed and confused. I would like to feel my breast in the future and can't imagine having a major part of my body displayed but numb or lifeless. I'm seeking stories of experience from survivors to help me with information in order to make a decision.

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