Sep 06, 2002 - 1:02 am
My plastic surgeon is strongly advising me to opt for the inplants to do my bilateral reconstruction instead of choosing the back flap (latissimus dorsi back muscle) with a small inplant (silicone) for balance. He explained that with either surgery I should still expect future surgeries to replace the inplant eventually. If I choose the inplants only the recovery time is approx. two weeks and short time on surgical table. If I choose the latissimus dorsi flap w/inplant, I can expect 5 to 6 hours of surgery and an eight week healing time. My other concern is that he is in some kind of inplant study, and if I go that route I become part of the study. That's kind of scary for me. I don't really want to become some pharmacuetical house's lab rat. I also asked to see photos and they said they show me some three weeks prior to my (11/4) surgery??? They don't seem to have them set up in an album. Is that the norm??? I am feeling very emotional and confused as to the best decision. Anyone have the backflap surgery? Input would be appreciated.