Breast cancer
posted by Debbie Harrington
30 May 2022

DIEP Breast Reconstruction

Last reply: 2 months ago

I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer last September and had a mastectomy, Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy and I am now on Hormone Therapy. All along I was adamant that I wanted Breast Reconstruction but after my appointment with the Plastic Surgeon last week I am now not so sure. I am exhausted after nearly a year of treatment and just don't know how I could face, voluntarily, into another surgery. I believe the procedure is around 5 - 7 hours long and there is quite a long recovery time. I am also worried about the side effects. I am on Tamoxifen and would be worried about the risk of blood clots etc. I would love to hear from anyone else in the same position or anyone that has had Breast Reconstruction and if you honestly felt it was worth it? Thank you.

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commented by pamy
31 May 2022

6 months ago

Heya I've been getting breast cancer treatment since last June & am now on tamoxifen which I'm suffering side effects. I am waiting for breast reconstruction too but know my body is too weak at the moment. Its not long since your treatment & I think for me anyway there is no rush for reconstruction. Even if you wait a year or 2 for the body to fully heal & be back to yourself. I didn't know the operation was that long & it sounds like a person would want to be fairly healthy & recovery time would be much faster.

commented by Greenday
02 October 2022

2 months ago

I had a double mastectomy and implant reconstruction immediately. The whole procedure took 2.5 hours but i spent an hour or so in recovery. the drains that you have to wear for 2 weeks would be the most uncomfortable part of the whole experience. I had to sleep upright for about 2 weeks on my sofa. I was so grateful i kept my breastfeeding pillow so that really helped.

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