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Topic: Surgeon MIA - When To Move On

Forum: Breast Reconstruction — Is it right for you? Discuss timing and various procedures and techniques.

Posted on: Aug 12, 2019 02:37PM

DesertPup wrote:

Hello Everyone!

Would love your thoughts and feedback on an issue I'm experiencing. My plastic surgeon whom did my reconstruction in January is really flaky and I'm not feeling the love. I scheduled an appointment with him as I'm pretty sure my left breast is experiencing a bad reaction to the radiation (hardness, misshapen, uncomfortable) and I'd like to see what's going on. The office canceled my appointment the night before and I've called twice now to reschedule and nothing. No call back- nothing. I'm pretty over it and ready to go elsewhere. I don't feel I should be begging for an appointment or doing all the follow up. Do you think it's okay to have another surgeon step in and take over? Truth be told, I'm not happy with the work done in January and I was planning on getting second opinion for a redo anyway.

Dx 9/2018, ILC, Left, 6cm+, 1/8 nodes, ER+, HER2+ Surgery 1/15/2019 Radiation Therapy 2/28/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Aug 12, 2019 06:06PM Mavericksmom wrote:

I had mastectomy with reconstruction in January and I am not happy with the outcome. I need to wait for my own personal reasons but my surgeon would have done revision whenever I wanted it. I had radiation in same breast in 2003 and it caused huge wounds on my reconstructed breast. It took seven months to heal which is why I didn't have any revisions yet.

You have every right to see another surgeon and you are absolutely right that you shouldn't have to work so hard to get an appointment! I would check with your insurance company first to make sure that won't be an issue, but I doubt it would be.


Dx 6/4/2003, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, 0/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/15/2003 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 9/8/2003 Radiation Therapy 12/14/2003 Dx 11/4/2018, ILC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 1/8/2019 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 4/24/2019 Femara (letrozole)
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Aug 13, 2019 06:34PM DesertPup wrote:

Thank you Mavericksmom ❤️ I called and ordered my records and plan on moving on.

Dx 9/2018, ILC, Left, 6cm+, 1/8 nodes, ER+, HER2+ Surgery 1/15/2019 Radiation Therapy 2/28/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Aug 13, 2019 07:12PM Mavericksmom wrote:

I think you are doing the right thing! Please let me know how things work out for you!

Breast cancer is hard enough without all the issues with doctors!

Glad I could help if even a little. That is why I love this message board, it is full of people who really care about helping others by sharing information! I have been on the receiving end of the help more times than I can count! 😊

Dx 6/4/2003, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, 0/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/15/2003 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 9/8/2003 Radiation Therapy 12/14/2003 Dx 11/4/2018, ILC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 1/8/2019 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 4/24/2019 Femara (letrozole)
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Aug 13, 2019 09:45PM hodgepodge wrote:

I agree and hope you find someone who takes your care seriously! Hope you're feeling better soon. :)

Dx 12/7/2005, DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, ER+/PR+ Dx 4/1/2019, IDC, Right, <1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast Surgery Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Surgery Lumpectomy: Right
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Aug 14, 2019 03:42PM - edited Aug 14, 2019 10:45PM by exercise_guru

often the follow ups are covered under your plastic surgeons fee. It's totally fine to move on just not sure on the billing stuff. At the very least go for a consult with someone else . you deserve to get the answers you need.

Age 42 05/15/2015 PALB2 mutation, DBL Breast Cancer Type 1A Grade 3 ER+PR+(right 1.3cm,.5cm) HERr+(left1.6 cm), 06/26/2015 BMX with TE 8/27/15 Chemotherapy TCH 12/30/2015 TAH/BSO/Reconstruction 1/29/16 Arimidex 3/1/16 Femara 5/6/16 Tamoxifen

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