May 19, 2021 04:34PM abigailj wrote:
I had immediate DIEP recon when I had my BMX last year at 62 so a different situation. I was in surgery around 12 hours, had 2 surgeons who are DIEP specialists working on me. It was a long recovery- had to use a walker a few weeks, couldn’t straighten up totally until a few weeks after, slept in recliner several weeks. I also had some infection and wound healing issues. I also had a good amount of physical therapy to loosen up my torso and massage therapy to treat the scar tissue. BUT now, almost 11 months later I am very happy how I feel physically as well as with the results aesthetically. Please also note I was a former smoker so some circulatory issues and also not very fit so the complications I had are a largely attributable to that.
From reading posts of those who had delayed DIEP though it is still a long surgery and healing process. The most important thing is to have highly skilled surgeons with a lot of experience in doing DIEP and not overdoing thing afterwards and giving yourself time to heal. There’s a lot of good info in the 2018 DIEP thread - I found it really helpful