Feb 12, 2020 09:03PM SoItGoes_KV wrote:
Why DIEP rather than an autologous procedure with less muscle involvement? The concept of muscle weakness in my abs scares me. if you are not familiar with other autologous procedures see articles at Mayo Clinic on breast reconstruction flap procedures. There is also info on this site but I cannot find my bookmark to that article.
I can only offer to share or swap information as I am just starting the reconstruction decision process. My "non-nipple sparing mx on L only" surgery will be in the next few weeks. I do not want implants if I can avoid them. For me having a more complex and difficult recovery upfront far out weighs the chronic maintenance of implants for the rest of my life. I started a thread requesting information on TUG procedure. Hopefully I will get some information soon. This is my preferred next would be SIEA which is DIEP without the muscle involvement. Apologies if I am telling you a lot you already know and have ruled out.
Tomorrow AM I speak with a PS who does autologous. I will be asking him what procedures he does and why. I will report back.
Do you know yet if you will be having radiation? Fingers crossed you are already in the clear.