Mar 02, 2013 - 10:22 am
Hi, I'm new to this site although it's been almost 6 years since I was diagnosed with DCIS. I had 2 lumpectomies in the summer of 2007, which made little me littler. I was an almost B cup.
Sooo....at my 5 year appointment with my surgeon I asked if I was a candidate for breast reconstruction and of course he said "yes". He hooked me up with a plastic surgeon in Nov. 2012 and the verdict was to have the latissimus flap procedure. I've put it off until I have 3 weeks of vacation saved up, but I hear it may take longer for recovery. The surgery has been scheduled for 4/17/13, but I'm getting cold feet because of how major I hear this procedure is. I like to swim laps in the summer and wonder about my endurance with a compromised latissimus muscle on my right side. Not that I'm an olympic swimmer...I don't even know how to do the fancy turn when you reach the wall.
I read about the latissimus muscle and know it is the broadest muscle in the back. It controls the pulling down motion. My daughter said if I am using a long paint roller and go up, I'll never come down (tee hee)!
I want to know the cold, hard facts about this procedure and do plan to let the plastic surgeon's office know I need more info about what to expect.
Also, the bargain hunter in me has said yes to breast augmentation to a C cup (on both sides of course) since insurance covers it:)
Any thoughts, experiences, recommendations??