Diep versus implant
I am recently recovered from 4 rounds of chemotherapy after a double mastectomy, on endocrine therapy, and scheduled for a DIEP mid January. I find I am dreading it. I originally wanted to do it because I liked the idea of using my own tissue, not having to worry about replacement implants, etc. That's still why I like it but as the surgery date is getting closer the cons are really rearing their ugly head. Chemotherapy was tough and I just got back to feeling like myself. I don't want something else done that has a long painful recovery anymore. Plus although originally the idea of having a flatter stomach was appealing I've actually lost quite a bit of weight already and I like my stomach now. I don't want a long scar, I don't want loss of sensation, and I kind of like my little pudge down there. The other factor is the scan I need done for it. I thought it was going to be an MRI but was told today it's a CT scan with contrast. I had an abdominal CT scan about six years ago and they involve quite a bit of radiation. I don't want a second one before I even hit 50 years of age and I especially don't want it for an elective surgery. I'd rather keep those types of scans for emergency uses if they need to diagnose something. Plus, I have horrible scananxiety as it is. It was bad enough with an MRI but now that I know it will involve radiation, I'm just dreading it horribly. I thought about just putting off the surgery until mentally I felt more prepared for the DIEP recovery and process but the thing is that I want surgery. Just not the DIEP surgery. I want some breasts back. Small ones to fill my skin pockets that my mastectomy left and I'm looking forward to that. So I don't want to wait. I think I may just want implants instead. Can anyone offer information about implant reconstruction? What scans do you have to do before it? How many surgeries until you were done? Could they be the prepectoral ones and is it possible to just go straight to those and not have expanders put in? And most importantly, are you happy with them? Thanks for your help!