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Topic: mi-DIEP at Pennsylvania Hospital

Forum: Breast Reconstruction —

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Posted on: Aug 19, 2019 09:43PM

Moonshapedpool wrote:


I'm a candidate for mi-DIEP reconstruction at Pennsylvania Hospital. I'm having BMX, and was fairly certain I would go flat, but a consult with the PS (Dr. Kanchawala) about mi-DIEP kind of made my head spin. Like it's too good to be true. (I'm a skeptic by nature, so "too good to be true" makes me nervous).

I know that this procedure isn't available in many places. In fact, it may only be available now in the Penn system. I haven't found a lot of resources about it on line, so it's hard to do my due diligence. Anyone out there have experience with this procedure and this doc?


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Aug 20, 2019 07:10AM - edited Sep 29, 2019 08:53PM by Mavericksmom

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Dx 6/6/2003, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/24 nodes, ER+/PR+ Dx 12/4/2018, ILC, Left, 1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
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Mar 28, 2020 08:14PM - edited Mar 28, 2020 08:16PM by Mamasita2020

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Mar 23, 2021 05:28AM Angbassani821 wrote:


Did you end up having this procedure done with Dr. Kanchwala? I have a consult in 2 weeks.

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Mar 24, 2021 01:51PM Snowflake888 wrote:

I messaged moonshape , thinking she might not see this old post. I too am curious, since I am probably having a revision at UPENN hospital next year of my subpec implants and looking at diep flap options. If I hear from her, I will alert her to your post

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Mar 24, 2021 05:57PM exbrnxgrl wrote:

The op has not signed in for just about a year. I hope that someone who has had this procedure will respond

Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur Dx 7/8/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 11/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/21/2011 Bone Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2014 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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Mar 27, 2021 01:00PM Suburbs wrote:

Hi. Just saw this. I had a BMI with diep at PH with Dr. K. Four years out and I have no complaints about the work. The reconstruction was beautiful. Unfortunately for me, I had just completed neoadjuvant chemo and had an infection that plagued me for two years. It happens though it is rare. The ICU staff and nursing staff at the hospital were excellent.

Private message me if you have any questions.

Dx 1/9/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Targeted Therapy 1/31/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/1/2017 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 6/20/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 7/21/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Targeted Therapy 2/1/2018 Nerlynx

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