I didn't have any of the ones you listed but instead had a Lat Dorsi reconstruction, where they moved a chunk of my back (right below my shoulder blade) to the chest. I also had an implant put in under this tissue.
I haven't heard of anyone on this board who had this done, so it must not be too common. I had it done when they did the mastectomy and haven't had any problems with it so far (was done in 2004). Although, some of the members have heard my story about how the PS also moved a back mole with that chunk of skin so now I have a "lovely" little back mole where the nipple should be! What was he thinking?!
Sounds like you are exploring all options and I hope you find the one that is best for you.
Thank you for the replies,
I have found a microsurgeon in Missoula, Montana that does the DIEP w/ medicaid insurance. He doe it to support people w/ breast cancer. I also will look into surgeons in the Boise, Idaho area, but I do realize how expensive all these surgeries are!!!! The surgery to move the back muscle is a good option... I haven" put too much thought into going that route due to the implants! however, I"d prefer implants to losing my abdominal muscles. (Plus my weight fluctuation would not be an issue!) xox karen
thanks for all the info!
Due to radiation damage I am not a canidate for implants alone. The weight gain and loss w/ me is 10 to 20 lbs because of bipolar II depression and a serious sugar addiction. I was aware that the bilateral will keep the breast balanced, but I am still concerned about stretching the skin of my new boobs! I want to take good care of this set!
I had a Tram Flap done just 2 months ago and Iam very happy with my results. I also had a reduction and lift on my good side so my breasts are very well matched and very perky. I have to tell you that it is a very debilitating surgery even more so that I had thought. I went back to work at 4 1/2 weeks but still have some pain. I did alot of research before my surgery too and for me I felt this was the best option. I have had 2 VERY large children and felt that my tummy could use the surgery too.
Good luck with your decision and if you want to e mail me it is listed under my name.