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Topic: Is anyone going flat or living flat?

Forum: Living Without Reconstruction After a Mastectomy — Discuss prostheses, swimsuits, bras, and other options for women not having reconstruction or waiting for reconstruction.

Posted on: Feb 3, 2017 08:12AM - edited Feb 16, 2017 03:59PM by pabbie

pabbie wrote:

I had a right breast mastectomy in 2014. I've been living with one breast for three years, wearing a mastectomy bra & prosthetic. My left breast is a size D and hangs low and I get sweaty and rashes during the hot summer months.

I met with a PS but am not a good candidate for breast reconstruction because I've had surgeries on my stomach area, with radiation and chemo on my behind and part of my thighs because of color-rectal surgery 17 years ago.

I don't feel comfortable taking muscle from my back. I'm 59 years old.

I'm deciding on another mastectomy or breast reduction/lift from a D to a B. This might be a weird question but did anyone feel weird with the surgery being close to their heart?

May 2017 Recurrent 1.1 centimeter IDC with multiple foci, treated with surgery & Aromasin. Dx 2/6/2008, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 2/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/22/2014 Mastectomy: Right Dx 1/23/2014, IDC, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 5/4/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Feb 17, 2017 02:30AM coraleliz wrote:

I've been flat for almost 6years now. I never really considered reconstruction. As a nurse, I had encountered breast cancer patients both with & without recon. I remember forgetting to ask my BS, prior to surgery, if my scars would be horizontal or diagonal. I didn't have a preference but I thought knowing would prepare me for the first look at my post-surgical chest. My surgical dressings fell off the night before my appt when she would have taken them off anyway. It looked like diagonal scars are suppose to look.

As for being flat, it still doesn't bother me. When I'm changing in the locker room a the gym, I do "surfer style" changing. I don't want to draw any attention to myself or be the topic of any conversation. I've never worn foobs or prostheses.

I usually wear a sports type bra. When shirts rub against my bare chest, it can feel strange. It's not painful but more annoying.

Dx 2/28/2011, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 3/15/2011, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/15/2011 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Feb 17, 2017 09:05AM - edited Feb 17, 2017 09:10AM by Rebamacfan123

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Feb 18, 2017 04:03AM - edited Feb 18, 2017 04:26AM by exbrnxgrl

As I said, I respect everyone's decision about what to do regarding recon or not. However, I'm just not into the put downs regardless of the choice one makes. I'm all for honesty but one can be honest without demeaning insults. I have never gone flat so wouldn't dream of telling anyone what it's like nor refer to them or their unreconstructed bodies disparagingly. For those who decide on recon, there is more going on than justlooking good in clothing. Pain? Yes, that can happen, but it's wrong to assume that happens to everyone. Let's support each other for our choices not put down those who chose differently. Sorry, you can scream frankenboobs in all caps, but that type of language supports no one. I have never understood those who must put others down to support their own choices and I thank the vast majority of you who do not feel compelled to put others down. I wish you all the best. ¡ Adiós y buenas suerte


Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur Dx 7/8/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 11/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/21/2011 Bone Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2014 Femara (letrozole)
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Feb 18, 2017 04:58AM SuC wrote:

I have been flat for 3 years now, never wear prostheses (don't own them) and enjoy wearing clothes that I never could when I had boobs. Love hot weather when I don't have to wear a bra. No-one stares, no-one notices

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Feb 18, 2017 09:21AM - edited Feb 18, 2017 09:32AM by Amapola36

To judge and disparage other women because they didn't choose what you chose helps no one. I hate the term Frankenboob (should I cap it? Haha). However, if you believe that after BC, we are not all "franken" in one way or another, let me disabuse you of that notion, my darling (pics of unreconstructed women abound...).

As for "everything but flat is fake"... well, the only "real" and "natural" thing would have been to let the cancer "have at us" and get no surgery. Everything else is contra natura. The second most natural and "real" thing would have been a lumpectomy, the third a single mastectomy and last, but most definitely, not least, a double mastectomy- specially in the case of amputating a healthy breast bc "they were too big for my body And they hurt". Now, not judging. I have no problems with elective surgery and, I most definitely have no problems with what other people do to their bodies because I am at peace and I love mine...but just a reminder about people living in glass houses and all that :)

Lisey, darling, I am only answering because it seems tha you like the attention and the confrontation (you get into fights all over this board, girl! Lol). So I am giving you some love so you can go about your day in a happy glow haha :)

Hugs always,

Oncotype score 16. Luminal A. Still landed in Chemo (CMF). Nothing but good times ahead! :) Dx 10/18/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 18, 2017 10:17AM Lisey wrote:

Love how you follow me to the non-recon board Amapola, let's start a relationship since you seem so drawn to follow me. This is a non-recon board where those of us who aren't reconstructed can expression our opinions about this topic. I'm backing up what another flattie said and am supporting her. Love to see how you keep trying to antagonize me... let it go. I'm blocking you.

Oncotype =20, ER 95%, PR 5%, ki67= 30%, Mammoprint = Low, Blueprint = Luminal A!!!! TEs= Iron Bra of Death - not worth all the complications for foobs that I'll never feel. Flat and fealess now. Dx 5/11/2016, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/1/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 6/14/2016 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 7/6/2016 Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy 7/14/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Feb 18, 2017 05:32PM - edited Feb 18, 2017 05:34PM by Rebamacfan123

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Feb 19, 2017 02:27PM - edited Feb 19, 2017 03:45PM by Amapola36

Lisey, the only way to stop online bullies is to confront them with facts and, as elegantly as possible, without insults or name calling.

Since I joined this board in October I have seen you start numerous squabbles (I love that word! haha). You insult, demean, name-call and scare women into submission just because they didn't choose to go flat, are having trouble with Tamoxifen, get chemo or choose not to get chemo, are scared about losing their insurance, are having a hard time getting time off for surgeries or chemo (they want "hand downs" and should go back to work the day after a mastectomy) were voting for a candidate not to your liking etc. So no, you do not limit your insults/name calling to the "no reconstruction" board, you do it all over the forum and it's about time someone called you on it, darling.

Hope you reconsider the way you communicate with others, specially with other women who are already scared and going through a very hard time. The same things, said with kindness, respect and without degrading insults would go a long way.

Pabbie, I am trully sorry to have hijacked your thread with this unpleasantness :(

Hugs and best wishes,

Oncotype score 16. Luminal A. Still landed in Chemo (CMF). Nothing but good times ahead! :) Dx 10/18/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 19, 2017 06:57PM pabbie wrote:



No worries. This is a photo I took today on my morning walk.
May 2017 Recurrent 1.1 centimeter IDC with multiple foci, treated with surgery & Aromasin. Dx 2/6/2008, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 2/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/22/2014 Mastectomy: Right Dx 1/23/2014, IDC, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 5/4/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Feb 19, 2017 10:53PM - edited Feb 19, 2017 10:59PM by hsant


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Feb 7, 2017 07:27AM ravzari wrote:

"Being flat has been amazing; no bra needed ever again, no underboob sweat, no shoulder pain, no upper back pain, no tension headaches from lugging the big things around (even inside of a bra), I can't say there has ever been a single second that I've missed having breasts. No plans to ever wear a bra again or get fitted for prosthetics. I love having them gone and have never been as comfortable physically and mentally as I am without them.The idea of having prosthetic or reconstructed ones back is just one big 'LOL NOPE!" for me. :D"

Ravzari, you're so cute! Your comment about no underboob sweat had me loling. It's so true. A little perk if one opts to go flat.

Just want to say that whether someone opts for recon or opts to go flat is a very, very personal choice. There is no right or wrong. When I first joined this community, I was grateful for all the positive and informative information I received regarding a BMX with out recon. We are all in this together. No need for any negativity. Cancer is negative enough in and of itself.

Pabbie, I could've had a lumpectomy, but I was concerned about the radiation treatments being so close to my heart and lungs. I don't believe there is any risk regarding your heart with respect to mastectomy.

Beautiful pic

Dx 5/10/2015, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 6/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+, HER2- Surgery 6/10/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy 7/1/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Feb 20, 2017 07:39AM - edited Feb 20, 2017 07:41AM by Amapola36

Pabbie, thanks for the lovely pic. You're very lucky to live near such a beautiful place!

Like hsant, I chose a single mastectomy bc My tumor was on the left side and I did not want radiation over it. There's been no issues with my heart I have a TE in right now, going for implant exchange and small lift reduction on the right side (will hopefully be a small B after surgery). My dream is to never wear a bra again lol

Oncotype score 16. Luminal A. Still landed in Chemo (CMF). Nothing but good times ahead! :) Dx 10/18/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 20, 2017 11:00AM ravzari wrote:

Definitely seconding it being a completely personal choice.

For me, reconstruction was not the right choice for many reasons, chief being I just didn't care about having breasts that much; for me, they didn't hold much sway in my self esteem or how I felt about my looks.
I also knew that, if I wanted breasts temporarily for a certain outfit or just because that there are prosthetic options out there that look realistic under clothes, so that was always something I could do if I felt like it.
I did research recon options prior to my BMX and they all seemed, to me, to just be unnecessarily long, painful, and I wasn't a fan of how the end results looked in the cases I'd looked at and I just didn't enjoy having breasts so much that it'd be worth it.
I knew I wouldn't be happy with the look of a reconstructed breast on my body, and I knew I didn't want to go through the extra surgeries so, for me, recon was not the right choice.

For others, that's obviously not the case, they wouldn't have been happy with 'foobs', and they're fine with going through reconstruction because they want to continue to have breasts for any number of personal reasons, and are happy with their end results and with how they look.

That doesn't make my choice the wrong choice, nor does it make their choice the wrong choice.

Prophylactic BMX no recon, June 2016, due to strong family history of BC.
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Feb 20, 2017 11:44AM - edited Feb 20, 2017 03:58PM by exbrnxgrl

ravzari,

Thank you for your articulate, balanced post. No put downs, no pejorative name calling etc. Now that is what a support group is all about!

Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur Dx 7/8/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 11/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/21/2011 Bone Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2014 Femara (letrozole)
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Feb 20, 2017 11:47AM pupmom wrote:

I would not be comfortable with going flat, but many, many people are. It's an individual decision.

Life is what happens while we're making other plans. Dx 10/18/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 20, 2017 02:09PM amw5 wrote:

SuC: I know I will enjoy this too.

"I have been flat for 3 years now, never wear prostheses (don't own them) and enjoy wearing clothes that I never could when I had boobs. Love hot weather when I don't have to wear a bra. No-one stares, no-one notices".

Dx 10/24/2016, IDC, Left, 4.5cm, Stage 2B, Grade 3, ER- / PR- / HER2- Chemotherapy 11/15/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 3/24/2017 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 5/15/2017 Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Feb 20, 2017 04:03PM Rebamacfan123 wrote:

Hello,

Mustlovepoodles. Yes genetic testing result pending. Preliminary asssesment is i may have cowedens. (Thyroid cancer,breast ovarian colon kidney) Luckily for me thyroid has been removed a few yrs ago due to benign nodule. Breast happened. As soon as i get this under control, will have at least partial. Or i am thinking of demanding colonoscopy. Pre scoy found benign colon polyps. Another hypothesis came out was my big sis child show the most similarities. I better tell her mom.about it

I am doing the best i could because this is for me. First few days were awful

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Feb 20, 2017 07:41PM Luckynumber47 wrote:

Has anyone seen stats on how many people have complications from their reconstructions. I've heard so many people lately who had problems with theirs that I really wonder if the number with problems is high or low

My avatar is a Blue Footed Boobie. Cracked me up. ATM variant, mom died at 33 from BC Dx 2/15/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 3/16/2016, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 4/6/2016 Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy 5/16/2016 Femara (letrozole)
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Feb 20, 2017 10:15PM mustlovepoodles wrote:

Rebafan, I have PALB2 and Chek2, both considered rare gene mutations. Together and separately they cause breast, colon, thyroid, pancreatic, and lung cancers, and others. I have 19 cases of cancer in my 1st and 2nd generation family, including both sides, with many breast and colon cancers (including male breast cancer!)  It's terrifying.  I called my GI doc to let him know and he had me get a colonoscopy ASAP, since I hadn't had one in about 5 years. Thankfully it was good, and I'm glad I did it (much as I hate the prep!)  I have 3 small nodules on my thyroid they've been watching for about 7 years. My mother had thyroid cancer, so it's a concern.  I seem my endocrinologist every 6 months--so far, so good.

Oncotype 23. Positive for PALB2 & Chek2 gene mutations. My breasts are trying to kill me! Dx 7/20/2015, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/19/2015 Lumpectomy Surgery 9/2/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 10/19/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 2/3/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 10/18/2016 Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Surgery
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Feb 21, 2017 09:53AM - edited Feb 21, 2017 09:58AM by ravzari

Luckynumber47 it'd probably be hard to find solid results on that as it really can vary wildly from person to person.

Even healthy people who have breast implants or breast reconstruction can have complications and there is always the risk of infection, tissue necrosis, capsular contracture (scar tissue forming around the implant, making it look odd, feel hard, and be painful), bottoming out, lateral displacement (if you lay on your back and your implants seem to fall far to the side, almost in your armpit, that's lateral displacement), rotation (for anatomical implants), etc...that can happen even in a regular (as in not a reconstruction after a mastectomy) breast augmentation even with the best surgeon.

Sometimes, even if an implant has been fine for 10+ years, complications like bottoming out, capsular contracture, rotation, lateral displacement, etc...can happen.

For the flap type surgeries, any surgery runs the risk of infection, wound healing issues, tissue necrosis, or failure of the grafted tissue; those are just risks one chooses to take when electing to have that type of surgery. The majority are likely successful, or there wouldn't still be a 'demand' for those types of surgeries, however, and doctors would very likely not recommend them if the chance of failure was high.

The risks for those things tend to go up if someone is already in poor health, have certain health issues (diabetes can impede wound healing, just as an example) has already had one or more breast surgeries, or is going through treatments that may suppress their immune system or compromise skin/muscle tissue.

Going by what's seen on this forum probably isn't a good barometer of complication levels either, as people do tend to post 'vent' posts when/if they're frustrated with something that's gone wrong with their reconstruction or ask if others have experienced a complication, which can give the impression that nearly everyone experiences complications when that's not true.

I look at the breast reconstruction forum here kind of how I view working in tech support: People usually only call for support when something needs to be fixed or is going wrong. It gives the impression that the software product in question is just terrible and fundamentally broken when, the fact is, the majority of customers aren't having problems. Support just gets a skewed perspective because we typically only hear from customers who are having problems.

Happy customers rarely say anything, but unhappy customers tend to be kind of loud about it.

It's likely that way with breast reconstruction; the majority are likely satisfied and had minimal to no complications, and just don't talk about it as nothing is wrong so they don't often think about it. Those who are frustrated, having complications, etc...are more likely to want to talk about it to try and get advice on what to do or to just vent about what they're going through.


Prophylactic BMX no recon, June 2016, due to strong family history of BC.
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Feb 21, 2017 11:24AM Luckynumber47 wrote:

Thanks ravzari for your thoughtful reply. I think you hit exactly what I was wondering about - yes we hear about all the complications here, but in the general population how many people are having significant issues. Surely there are studies somewhere. How can patients make well informed choices when they don't have all the facts.

We can all recite our numbers - stage, grade, Oncotype, recurrance risk, etc. I'd just like to add 1 more #. I'd like to see the average % for complications.

Some people are certain they want reconstruction, some, like me, could care less, but there are plenty In the middle that I feel aren't getting all the info they need.

And I'm sorry, pabbie, I think I've wandered far from your original question. No, I do not feel my heart is exposed. I guess I never even considered it before you asked. The only thing that's bothered me is itching when I'm wearing a form or prosthetic - it's like I can't get to the skin that's itching with all that padding in the way. Pretty comical actually

My avatar is a Blue Footed Boobie. Cracked me up. ATM variant, mom died at 33 from BC Dx 2/15/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 3/16/2016, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 4/6/2016 Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy 5/16/2016 Femara (letrozole)
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Feb 21, 2017 12:13PM pabbie wrote:

No worries. I'm learning a lot from all. :)

May 2017 Recurrent 1.1 centimeter IDC with multiple foci, treated with surgery & Aromasin. Dx 2/6/2008, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 2/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/22/2014 Mastectomy: Right Dx 1/23/2014, IDC, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 5/4/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Feb 21, 2017 12:35PM ravzari wrote:

Luckynumber47 sites like realself.com may be helpful for that; they have sections for breast reconstruction which is typically 100% reconstruction after mastectomy, save for a few odd reviews that get put in there when they were meant for breast implant revision.

It's still not a huge sampling as it relies on people submitting their own experiences, but you can sort reviews by all, "worth it", "not sure", or "not worth it".

Prophylactic BMX no recon, June 2016, due to strong family history of BC.
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Feb 21, 2017 01:06PM jcpriest0469n wrote:

Hello to all, I've been reading here got a few days. Lots of differences. Me, bc was my first surgery. I also have (tcc) bladder cancer which is bed. My point is I was more afraid of the surgery then the thought of being flat. I decided to just remove the breast with cancer. Maybe because of my age, looking back I wish I would have had a double masectomy. Having a bi-masectomy is a bit inconvenient. I wear a sports bra a lot for comfort,but have a good bra with a prosthetic for special occasions. Sometimes I forget and go shopping without a bra on. I try not to.

Dx 12/9/2013, DCIS/IBC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 12/17/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 3/31/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 7/3/2014 3DCRT: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Feb 21, 2017 01:08PM SpecialK wrote:

Studies on large populations of patients who chose reconstruction put the number who experience complications at up to 25%, but to some degree those complications rates align with patient co-morbidity, radiation damage, age, smoking history, previous chemo, BMI, etc., and surgery type. This percentage includes implant reconstruction - either immediate direct to implant or tissue expander, implant plus flap, and flap only. It is a bit difficult to suss out how many patients with no risk factors for complication then do experience them, but those who have bi-lateral mastectomy with reconstruction have a higher percentage of complication than those who have a unilateral with recon - this makes sense as it is double the surgery. The complication rate for unilateral mastectomy without reconstruction is about 5% based on reading I have done, but doubles for bi-lateral mastectomy without reconstruction, again makes sense since it is double the surgery. In the studies I looked at complications for both mastectomy with recon, and without, included seroma, pain, infection, and wound healing problems. Hope this is helpful.

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 14 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 6/18/13-present. Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3
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Feb 21, 2017 01:46PM cliff wrote:

guys are seldom given the choice of flat or not. ok with me, I am way beyond the age where people who make fun of the way I look last long.

Dx 3/16/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, 2/21 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 3/31/2016 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Feb 21, 2017 06:29PM Luckynumber47 wrote:

Very helpful SpecialK. Thanks for the info. 10-25% is lower than I expected but still nothing to ignore.

Lucky

My avatar is a Blue Footed Boobie. Cracked me up. ATM variant, mom died at 33 from BC Dx 2/15/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 3/16/2016, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 4/6/2016 Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy 5/16/2016 Femara (letrozole)
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Feb 24, 2017 10:42PM jkbrca2 wrote:

I'm flat. I own silicone prosesthesis but never wear them. I go flat weekends and wear bralettes with padding to work weekdays. Prophylactic bilateral mastectomy done July 2015 because im BRCA2 positive. So far I love it. I had no complications after the single surgery. I fortunate to have the 3 years to reconcile with my decision before I did it though. I think that as well as having time to research other options helped make me more comfortable with this choice as the best one for me. Its a very personal decision. No problems with heart because without reconstruction they stay above pectoral muscle. Reconstruction gets more invasive.I'm sorry I don't know anything about a lift and can't offer info on that option.

August 2011 tested BRCA2+ Surgery 7/8/2015 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right
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Feb 25, 2017 08:53AM pabbie wrote:

Thanks to all. Heart

May 2017 Recurrent 1.1 centimeter IDC with multiple foci, treated with surgery & Aromasin. Dx 2/6/2008, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 2/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/22/2014 Mastectomy: Right Dx 1/23/2014, IDC, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 5/4/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Feb 26, 2017 10:54PM Rebamacfan123 wrote:

I have looked at my chest numerous times since surgery two weeks ago. Still have not shed a single tear which i found it quite odd. I came to the big conclusion that no recon outweighed recon for me. I probably would have considerd it if I were 1A not 2B. And i have a family history of cancer.


Right now i am thankful recovery has been a breeze and I can focus on chemo and radiation.

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Mar 3, 2017 04:34PM HarleyDream wrote:

Hi All,

I had double mastectomy/no recon Aug 28, 2016. I felt ok after surgery and after the first 2 drains were pulled. One week later the last 2 drains that were in my chest were pulled and apparently I had already started healing because they both tore tissue when coming out! It was horrific! A few days later I could no longer move my chest. It was hard as a rock. Then my right arm (6 nodes removed) developed heavy cording into it. Since last October I have been going to myofacial therapy trying to break up the hardness and get range of motion back! I had to wait 9 weeks between surgery and radiation because my right arm couldn't reach the pole so the underarm could be radiated. I now have most of the range back and my chest is significantly softer but it still needs work. My point is that I hoped if I had no reconstruction that I could quickly bounce back. I was in excellent health and shape when diagnosed. The surgeon thinks that since my BMI was low the myofacia stuck to my pec muscles and my ribs. It has been a very painful process. The debate of recon versus no-recon wasn't as important to me as being healthy and "quickly" getting back into life which I thought no-recon equated to the easiest route....cancer sucks😟! For me, living flat is easy...finding the new normal is hard!

I like reading the positive posts on here! I'm trying to keep upbeat and get myself back to working and riding my horses. Just got to find "my" new normal! I usually never say anything about any of this but 6 months post surgery....I think I needed someone to know that I still hurt so I can keep hiding my real feelings from my family, so they can move on from this horrible past year. I will be more positive in the future I promise!Thanks for listening to me.

HarleyDream


"Making hay while the sun shines!" - HarleyDream Dx 2/12/2016, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/1/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 8/28/2016 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall

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