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Questions re: nipple recon recovery??????

melm
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Joined: Jan 2001

Had nipple recon surgery this past Tuesday. They took the skin from my abdomen and right now feeling pretty good. Just extremely sore. Will see the Doc on Monday to reveal my new nipples. Right now they have put some very odd looking bandages on the "nipple" area and am feeling some sharp pains in my breasts. If anyone out there has had this surgery, I would appreciate any information you can give me on your recovery...pain, length of recovery and so on. You know how it is...you ask the docs and nurses and they give you pretty standard answers. I would like to hear it from someone who has been there!
My thoughts and prayers are with you all...
Love,
Mel in Ark.

cruf
Posts: 931
Joined: Oct 2000

Hi Mel. I had the nipple reconstruction and had no discomfort! That area is totally numb so there was no pain. My nipple was made from tissue they removed from within the reconstructed breast(I'm not sure how they did it!) I had a hard dressing over the nipple for 1 week to protect it from any trauma,or pressure. I had a 2nd procedure to make the nipple smaller, then the tatoo to give it color and will have another procedure on Thurs. to fix the nipple. It is receding into the tissue so the definition isn't as good as it should. None of these procedures has caused any discomfort at all. Good luck. I'm sure you'll be happy with your final results. It's amazing what they can do! HUGS!! Cathy

melm
Posts: 105
Joined: Jan 2001

Thank you for the info- though, I am feeling, actually feeling, pains in my breasts! Itching and sharp pains. I am not completely numb on my breasts and have not been since they "installed" my implants! Strange, huh? The most pain is from the tummy area where they took the tissue, but today am feeling much, much better. Will see the doc tomorrow. Did you have implants or Tram procedure?
Love,
Mel

cruf
Posts: 931
Joined: Oct 2000

Hi Mel! I had a tramflap recon. My abdomen is my uncomfortable area. Hope you are feeling better. I never had any breast pain at all. The entire breast is numb! I guess I'm lucky ion some respects. The MD hasn't had to use a local when doing any procedures cause I can't feel them. Keep in touch. HUGS!! Cathy

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