Dec 26, 2013 10:41PM blessings2011 wrote:
Hi, cait1986, and welcome to the forum. Sorry you find yourself here, but this is an awesome bunch of women with wonderful support.
I can't answer your question, as I don't have MS, but I did want to ask a few other questions...
My SIL has MS, so I am familiar with her daily life. She has great days and she has challenging days. I know the toll that surgery takes on her, but hers have been primarily orthopedic surgeries.
The DIEP is a very long, complicated, time-consuming surgery. Yes, it is done in stages, meaning that you would be under general anesthesia numerous times. The ladies who have had it done, though, are usually very satisfied. Would being under anesthesia that long, and being somewhat more disabled by the recuperation process have a negative effect on your MS? In other words, would it cause a setback? Do a search on DIEP procedures to see how much down time this involves for those without MS.
I have several auto-immune disorders and I have implants. I got saline because that's all my PS does. The shells, however, are silicone. You are right about the risks... I know that there are many women who have had issues, but I haven't had any of those you mentioned, and my PS said to not even worry about replacing them. And having saline means that I don't need regular MRIs to check on them.
There is another type of reconstruction using autologous fat transfer and something called a BRAVA machine. This uses only your own body's natural fat, and there are ladies here who have used it. I think the drawbacks are not having enough natural fat, or the fat transfers not taking. I also think there are size limitations for fat grafting without implants - like a small B cup. Here is more information: http://www.miamibreastcenter.com/reconstruction/after-mastectomy-miami
Finally, what does your MS doctor say about what these procedures would mean to your condition?
Sorry I can't be of more help.... you can also do a search on topics like BRCA, prophylactic mastectomy, DIEP, BRAVA, auto-immune, and so forth.
Wishing you the best in whatever you choose... please keep us posted as you gather information!