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Topic: DIEP Reconstruction

Forum: Breast Reconstruction —

Talk with others facing decisions about whether or not to have breast reconstruction, and if so, what type and when.

Posted on: Sep 20, 2021 09:25PM

kdrhoton wrote:

I had a bilateral mastectomy and silicone implants at the age of 40. Now at 53 I am considering getting the implants removed and having the DIAP flap instead. The reason being is that my implants itch like crazy. They have itched every since I received the implants. My doctor said he had never heard of anyone having itching from the implants. Has anyone else had this? So I am really thinking about having the implants removed. Does anyone know of a great surgeon for this in Indiana?

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Oct 6, 2021 01:06AM - edited Oct 6, 2021 01:07AM by cwins1218

Hi kdrhoton,

I had immediate diep flap recon after a bi/mx in 2019. I'm so far grateful and happy with my choice although I still have questions sometimes about the healing process especially when it seems more women I meet have had implants and can't speak to the diep flap issues. They really do feel like my breast (externally) although, I'm still getting use to all of it.

I live close to NW Indiana and I went to Northwestern Memorial in Downtown Chicago where my entire team was. My plastics team is great.

Dr. Marco Ellis

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Plastic Surgery


Dx 2/27/2019, DCIS, Right, 5cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/12 nodes, ER+/PR- Targeted Therapy 3/3/2019 Surgery 6/2/2019 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Surgery Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap
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Oct 6, 2021 09:35AM agass wrote:

yes! I have horrible internal itching. Right where a bra's underwire would sit . I also just learned my silicone implant had an intracaspular rupture. I follow up at my surgeon next week to look for answers

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Oct 7, 2021 03:28PM kdrhoton wrote:

Thanks for the information. I will look him up. There are a few DIEP flap support groups on Facebook. Just search Diep flap support in the search bar. You are still healing from the DIEP Flap procedure?

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