Jun 18, 2019 09:21PM Mavericksmom wrote:
I had IDC in 2003, Lumpectomy, re-excision, chemo and rads.
December of 2018 I was diagnosed with ILC same breast. I had a mastectomy in January, with DIEP reconstruction and I am still having healing issues due to my skin being radiated in 2003.
I don't know that any of this is of help to you other than to say that I was told due to my radiation, I wasn't a candidate for implants.
I won't see the PA in plastics until mid July. I am not sure what he will say about my progress. My wounds certainly look better than they did at the end of April, which was the last time I was seen by him. I don't know if my wounds will ever fully heal and I need to discuss that with him.
I know others who have had radiation and had no issues healing, but I think I am just sensitive. My breast was bright red immediately after my lumpectomy and remained that way for years. I was severely burned by the radiation. I had jelly bean size blisters on top of my breast and the skin under my breast "sloughed" off. It did eventually heal, but my breast had lymphedema in it and a great deal of scar tissue. That was one of the biggest reasons I was shocked that I had a recurrence as I thought the pain I was feeling was from the lymphedema in the breast. I had my whole fat pad removed, 24 nodes and immediately got lymphedema in my left arm.
I am sorry I am not more helpful to you. I don't know if a LD flap would be better, but any reconstruction using your radiated skin could come with healing issues.
Hopefully someone else will jump in and offer advice.
Good luck to you. I hope you continue to post here!