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ssfoine
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Ok..I had the surgery on Friday. I havent seen the results. Too many bandages. However the doctor said he had trouble reconstructing the right side because of lack of adequate skin stretching. He can fix it later. Im feeling no pain in the breast area..but the area where the skin was grafted is on FIRE. WOW WOW..
Thank You for your prayers. I will see the unfolded new breasts on Sat.
Wish me luck
Sandy

momof2
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Joined: Jun 2001

Sandy,
Glad to hear that you had your reconstruction done. I have a couple of questions for you if you don't mind. I will be having breast reconstruction done at the end of the year. Can a surgeon hide your mastectomy scars or are these something that you will have forever? Did you have implants or the TRAM flap done? Any advice on the situation would greatly be appreciated. THanks so much and I wish you the best. Good luck on Saturday! God Bless you each and every day! Carrie

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ssfoine
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Hi there,
The scars are there but faint. They disappear in time. I opted to have implants. Im glad I had it done.
Good Luck to you.
Sandy

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ssfoine
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Thank you for your vote of confidence. I chose implants over trams because I dont plan to pose for playboy either. Im 51 and pushing it..he hehe
Keep in touch
Sandy

24242
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Joined: Mar 2001

You go Sandy,
Glad to hear your procedure went well for you, hope you are happy with the results. Hang in there girl will be uncomfortable for a few days and then you will be on the mend.
Be good to yourself,
Tara

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ssfoine
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Thanks Tara.
Boy is my thigh on fire.
I cant wait to see the new nipples..
wooo weee...I feel almost whole again.
Sandy

renewed
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Joined: Aug 2001

I just joined this group and have had the tram flap reconstruction. I am not sure you are referring to the same type of recontruction. I can empathize with you about a feeling of fire at the site. I will pray for your speedy recovery. I am personally struggling with going on with my life and returning back to work.

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ssfoine
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Joined: May 2001

Good luck..I am praying for you.
Im returning to teaching on Sept 4th...
Sandy

melm
Posts: 105
Joined: Jan 2001

Sandy -
Congratulations on your reconstruction! By this time you have probably seen the nipples...what do you think? I will be having the same surgery in October and have lots of questions. Is it real painful?? How long did the doc recommend that you be off work? My PS will be taking the skin from my bikini line. Concerned about being able to dress in my "conservative banking attire" after surgery! Any feedback will help. You are in my prayers.
Love,
Mel in AR

cruf
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Joined: Oct 2000

Hi Mel and Sandy! I had a nipple recon. in Feb then a revision in June. The nipple was made from within my breast so I didn't have any pain at all(I'm totally numb there) The first nipple was very large so he went in and made it smaller. It's still bigger than the other side but he insists it will shrink. I had the tatoo a few weeks ago and that was easy and painless. Needs a bit of touchup but this stuff is easy compaired to the reconstruction(which I didn't really have any problems with) E-mail me if you have any questions. Good luck! Cathy

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ssfoine
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The nipples are fine. They grafted the skin from my inner thigh. That is the painful part of the surgery. The inner thigh close to the pubic area is the source of my grief. The stitches burst open..the area sweats alot and healing is slow.
However...the new nipples are worth it.
Sandy

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