Ready for Stage II DIEP - Need Advice
Well it seems I am finally ready for Stage II DIEP -- it has been scheduled for the end of February -- my original surgery was on 10/24 -- I had some complications with my original surgery so while I am anxious to get the second stage behind me, I am nervous as well -- I had a hematoma and an infection last time -- am hoping all goes well the second time around.
I definitely need stage II however -- have to fix the dent from my infection and reshape one side -- will also get rid of dog ears on the ab incision. Nipple, if I want it, will be done in third procedure after everything else settles. PS said surgery should take about 1.5 hours and will be done as outpatient -- would like to others' experiences with this stage -- was told I probably won't get a drain -- but what else do I need to know?
I was also worried about risk of lympedema -- PS said no -- he is not going near the lymph nodes which are in the armpit, but just having surgery again makes me nervous -- I had 6 nodes removed in my sentinel node biopsy and all is well -- 12 weeks post-op I have no problems at all with my arm and range of motion and I would like to keep it that way.