Mar 10, 2013 - 12:39 pm
I am seeing a plastic surgeon this week to discuss reconstruction after having a mastectomy, chemo and radiation a year ago. I would prefer to use my own tissue rather than an implant because I feel that the implant side will feel different than my remaining breast, and I have come to understand that using an implant under radiated tissue isn't preferred by physicians.
I have researched both the tram and diep flap procedures and would like to hear from surviors that have had positive results. I would like to know what the recovery time was and what, if any, issues they have had with the loss of adominal strength, and I am curious about what the scars will look like 3-5 years out from the surgery. Most of the pictures on the internet are from recent surgeries, and though I know everyone heals differently, I would like to hear how much the scars have faded.
The surgeon that I have been referred to does not do the diep flap (I plan to ask him why he doesn't at my appointment this week), so if I stick with him my only option will be the tram flap, which kind of scares me because of some of the stories that I have been seeing on other posts, and I am fearful of losing muscle control in my abdomen.