I'm scheduled to have my implants removed next month as part of my post-mastectomy DIEP. However, the Stage I and Stage II I see described in many posts isn't what my PS has planned.
My Stage I surgery is only on my abdomen - something about isolating the blood flow to the tissue that will be transferred, so the remaining tummy tissue has an opportunity to regrow blood flow before the big surgery. Then my Stage II seems to be the Stage I described by others, and then my PS has a Stage III which is fat grafting and scar revision if necessary.
My PS, whom I trust completely, says doing some of the microsurgery in a separate surgery leads to healthier tissue, fewer complications, and a quicker recovery. Does anybody have experience with this scheduling? I'm curious what to expect after the first surgery.