I had skin and nipple spared mastectomy and immediate implant based reconstruction. Unfortunately five weeks later I developed severe infection and had second operation. My nipple was removed and the original implant replaced with smaller. Now I have shapeless small breast without a nipple, real nightmare! I am a freak and cannot look at my body without crying. I cover my mutilated breast with a patch. I have no life, just existence. I am very depressed and my only hope is to have successful reconstruction but I have to wait for that few long months. I have seen pictures of beautifully reconstructed breasts which make me more depressed.
I have no idea how long it will take to have new reconstruction as it is not considered urgent. I had appointment to see the surgeon but it was cancelled and I still don’t have it rescheduled. I’m exploring different options and have few questions:
1. If any of you have had reconstructive surgery abroad and is it paid by HSE or VHI for the EU countries?
2. If any of you had failed reconstruction and what further options for surgery you were offered? What is the result of the second reconstruction?
3. How long does it take to have new reconstruction after failed reconstruction?
I want to make right choice just to be able to have any life again.