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Jan 10, 2020 10:18PM
I had lat flap just over 3 weeks ago. In hindsight it's not so bad. (lol) It's been a journey though.
BC R breast 2005, lumpectomy, chemo, rads.
BC L breast 2018, BMX, chemo, rads.
Nipple sparing BMX with expanders. R expander developed open sore so had to have expander removed. When expander was removed PS replaced L expander w/silicone implant. He said I needed 6 months for R breast area to heal before anything else was done.
Spent 6+ months with L bionic boob, R side flat. R side skin adhered to rib, no way to re-expand without donor skin.
PS suggested lat flap as I had no extra skin/muscle anywhere else on my body. I took weeks to do research. I was scared of such a big surgery as I have a very physical job and I can't retire for another 10 years (I'm 59) but agreed to it as I didn't like the breast prosthesis and that was not how I envisioned my future. Had to lose R nipple due to area of previous radiation was damaged skin. My new breast is kind of football shaped bottom and old/normal skin/tissue on top. I expect the scars will fade eventually.
So, I'm just 3 weeks post op for the lat flap. It hasn't been easy but I'm an active single parent home owner with 2 dogs so there is always something that needs to be done. I recently developed cellulitis but an antibiotic has taken care of that. I had 3 drains, got 1 out right away, the 2nd one about 10 days later and the last one will come out next week. Sleep has been difficult until this past week.
It's a fairly common surgery I think? I've been totally mobile even if I haven't had full reach ability without pain until this week. Up until today I was almost regretting the lat flap but now that I finally feel almost 100% like before I'm happy that I had it done. I like my new breast. I'm due for expansion, then exchange. It's a process, this BC crap. We all have our own journey/story to live.
Jaybird. My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope - Ovid.
3/5/2005, IDC, Right, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2-