Aug 19, 2021 04:43PM Trishyla wrote:
Just a reassurance, Limonia. Everything you've described is totally normal and expected with a DIEP flap. Including and especially the hunched over walk and ugly football shaped skin patches.
The hunched shuffle will slowly get better over the next couple of weeks, but it may be a month or more before you feel completely comfortable standing upright.
The football flaps are how they transplant the abdominal tissue in order to maximize the odds of a successful graft. They are normally fixed during a revision surgery. Mine were. I had a friend, who had paid thousands for breast implants, who talked me into showing mine to her. She was shocked that my breasts looked far better than hers. Once I get my nipple tattoos, you won't be able to tell they're not my original breasts.
Ask your surgeon if it's okay to start gentle stretching. Wall crawls and gentle torso stretches can make all the difference in regaining mobility.
I used both medi-honey and silicone strips on my incisions after they had healed some. Helped alot with minimizing scars.
Good luck with your healing.