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Topic: Previously radiated side really firm post DIEP.

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

Posted on: Sep 24, 2020 04:11PM

clarrn wrote:

I had radiation back in 2014. Had a TE at that time, switched out for implant and eventually lost to infection in 2015. I had bilateral DIEP (officially TRAM because they had to use a bit of muscle due to less than ideal perforators) on Aug 24th so I am just over 4 weeks post-op.

The side that had radiation is hard and high around the flap (the actual flap is soft like the other side). Is this normal? Did anyone else have this? How long did it last? It feels like my old tissue expander :(

30 years old at dx, Implant lost due to infection. Open wound packing for 108 days :( now onto a Free Tram Dx 12/4/2013, DCIS, 6cm+, Grade 3, ER+/PR+ Dx 1/29/2014, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 2/27/2014 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 4/7/2014 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 10/14/2014 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 2/26/2015 Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 3/22/2015 Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 8/23/2020 Reconstruction (left): Free TRAM flap; Reconstruction (right): Free TRAM flap
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