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karen in north idaho
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   Posted 7/16/2006 2:42 PM (GMT -7)   
   Hi! My name is Karen and I am a 34 yr old stage 3B bc survivor!  This web site helped me to evaluate my breast reconstruction options!  Due to lack of  micro surgeons near my home I settled on the pedicle tram.  I was so worried about the recovery, but now that I know how easy it was I would not have stressed so much! (for me, Each person is so different!)
   KATHY, your posts were so incredibly helpful even though I was doing a bilateral reconstruction!!! Did you do a free tram or the pedicle tram???
                                      thank you all!  Karen in north Idaho
               ps..... I am only 10 days out from surgery and I am feeling great!!!! Also my two little 2006 model breasts are adorable! yeah yeah yeah

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   Posted 7/16/2006 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Karen,
I haven't heard of a "pedicle" tram... could you explain it to me? If I go with recon, I'll need a bilateral, and I'm not sure I have enough around my stomach for two. I will be waiting for recon, as I have a 1yr old, and still need to be able to lift her. My PS said that I wouldnt be able to lift anything for about 6 months after any recon maybe for my 5 yr anniversary...

Thanks for any info
There are no wrong turnings, only paths we did not know we were meant to take - Guy Gavriel Kay

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   Posted 7/17/2006 10:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad my posts were helpful and I'm jealous yours was so easy.  Mine was difficult to recover from, although it was well worth it and I'm doing great now.  Mine was a pedicle, not free TRAM.  I have quite a bulge, but hopefully the PS will make a correction when I get the nipple and reduction on the other side (AUG 10). 
As for lifting, I was able to lift (a little at a time) by about 8 weeks out of surgery.  It still hurts a little if I lift something heavy.  PS said I can start doing abdominal exercises. 
L & H,

karen in north idaho
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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 7/18/2006 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
A pedicle tram reconstruction uses the abdominal muscles for a blood supply. The loss of the muscles make it so you cannot do situps, so you have to roll to your side to get up when you are laying flat. One bonus for me has been that the muscles will support my cute little perky boobs and I believe I will never need to wear a bra!!! I am considering not doing the nipples and the darkening around the nipples so I can wear little white tank tops! However, the Diep reconstruction is a much better surgery because only the fat is used and no muscle. The DIEP, GAP, and SIEP reconstructions are microsurgery and I would have had to travel too far, so I settled for the TRAM reconstruction and I am very pleased with the results! Good luck on your choice! There is alot of info on the web about breast reconstructions. There are even some cool pictures of women's before and after surgery!! Bye Karen in north Idaho

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   Posted 7/18/2006 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Karen, I am so happy to hear you are doing so well and that you are happy with the results. I never did get the nipple done either because I didn't want it to be obvious. Even some bras don't hide them. I did begin with the tattooing, but it has all but faded away now. Since I don't dance topless nor run around nake (as my little grand daughter called naked) I don't worry about that. The important thing was the feel of balance to me. I have gained quite a bit of weight and the tram grew right along with me. How nice to know, right? LOL. Hugs MK

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