Feb 19, 2021 01:30PM exbrnxgrl wrote:
1. Yup, very happy! My are almost 10 years old and I rarely think about them.
2. I was not interested in DIEP, however my ps wanted me to understand all of the options. I am petite and after examining me he thought I didn’t have enough abdominal tissue for two “breasts “ Some members have said that the surgeons at NOLA or PRMA can do wonders with us thin gals but they did not accept my insurance and again, I wasn’t really interested in DIEP. DIEP does use your own tissue, so is more natural in that respect .
3. Complications... I think each come with their own, I did not have tissue expanders as I had one step implants. I was truly one and done but often, regardless of which recon path you choose, subsequent surgeries may be needed. I think the DIEP recovery may be harder because you have more than one incision that is healing and it is a much longer, complex surgery than implants. I can’t emphasize enough that all forms of recon can have complications and multiple surgeries and there seems to be no way to predict them. I think my easy experience was not typical.
I loved my ps from the start. He insisted on educating me about every option, including pros and cons. I really appreciated the fact that he wanted me to be informed so that I could make my decision based on actual information. I did not seek a second opinion but encourage you to do so if you just want to hear another opinion. That can sometimes help to clarify things.
I have no advice one way or the other as there is no “right” solution for everyone. I would urge you to learn as much as possible as you go through the process. Yes, it’s a lot to digest, take small bites 😊.