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Post radiation and bilateral mastectomy. What reconstructive surgery would you choose? I'm 36.

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Stage 2A Patient over 6 years
 
  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    I had a bilateral mastectomy as well with radiation. My surgeon told me I didn't have enough skin for implants alone. You still have several options. I am choosing DIEP flap reconstruction using skin & fat from my tummy. It's not as invasive as the TRAM procedure which cuts into the muscle. There is also the Latissimus dorsi flap surgery which uses tissue & muscle from the upper back.
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    • Sarah Hailes Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      My dr is suggesting tram flap

      over 6 years Flag
  • sandra hayley Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I agree with Diana the diep flap, I couldn't remember the name..
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  • sandra hayley Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I had a mastectomy in 2006, followed by chemo..you could get a tram flap surgery?! I had saline implant put in..I'm not sure if you can use implants after radiation?! If so implant..less invasive, less down time! Good luck..
    over 6 years Flag
    • Kristy Davis Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      You can get implants after radiation. There's a slight risk that the skin won't heal as well. The scar on my radiated side opened up at one point (about two months after the implants were put in). It was an easy fix though. They cut out the skin...

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      You can get implants after radiation. There's a slight risk that the skin won't heal as well. The scar on my radiated side opened up at one point (about two months after the implants were put in). It was an easy fix though. They cut out the skin there and resealed it. It's been seven months since that happened an everything seems to be healing better now.

      over 6 years Flag
  • jan bursky Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I had the diet procedure on the right side in march 2012 and implant on left done yesterday. I didn't have enough tissue for both breasts. I am very happy so far with results. The deep recovery is much longer and more painful but it is nice using your own tissue. Good luck
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  • Kristy Davis Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2009
    I was 30 when I was diagnosed in 2009. First I went with saline implants, but didn't like the way they felt (you could feel any creases in the bags under the skin...creepy). Last year in November my doctor put in silicone implants. I absolutely LOVE them! The worst part for implants is the tissue expanders that they put in to stretch the skin. I went through that twice because I wanted my silicone implants to be bigger than the saline ones that I had. The expanders are very uncomfortable, but it's well worth it in the end.
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