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Topic: Would inability to wear a bra rule out diep for me?

Forum: Surgery - Before, During, and After — Surgical options and helpful tips for recovery and side effects.

Posted on: May 22, 2020 12:06AM

Bunnylunasmom wrote:

Hi all,

Sometime in the next 3 weeks I'll see the plastic surgeon and I have a bevy of questions. In the meantime, a question for you knowegable ladies:

I have extremely large breasts. If I had to guess, they're about size I, at least they were about 12 yrs ago when I stopped wearing bras due to ra and neuropathy. I'm probably a little bigger since then, maybe a J.

The question concerns bra wearing:. I'm between the diep and double mastectomy. Whichever decision I make, I'll likely have at least two very large scars where my breasts were. Is there a surgery where I wouldn't need to wear a bra post-operatively? Bras hurt.

All input would be greatly appreciated ❤️.

Thanks!

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May 22, 2020 09:47AM WC3 wrote:

If you have DIEP, you may very well end up with smaller breasts due to insufficient tissue at the donor site to restore you to your original size, or per your request.

I've always been very sensitive to bras but found the surgical bras to be tolerable, even comfortable. I particularly like the Masthead Elizabeth pink surgical bra. It's probably the most comfortable bra that I have worn. The only downside is the velcro in the front eventually wears out and begins to fail.

Dx 2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Chemotherapy 6/1/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 11/15/2018 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Targeted Therapy Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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May 22, 2020 08:12PM OnTarget wrote:

I don't need a bra for my 600cc implants.

Diagnosed at 42, Oncotype score 16, ITC in one node- considered node negative. Lost right implant to infection March 2020. Waiting to start reconstruction all over again. Dx 4/8/2019, ILC, Left, 3cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 4/23/2019, ILC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/15/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 6/14/2019 Zoladex (goserelin) Chemotherapy 8/6/2019 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 11/6/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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May 23, 2020 01:11PM - edited May 23, 2020 01:11PM by NancyHB

Some women are required to wear binders for a period of time; but wasn't, I suspect because I chose to go small (b-cup), but still had to wear a bra for several weeks. I have sensory issues and usually bras drive me crazy but the hospital brought me a mastectomy bra and it wasn't too bad. I had minimal to no pain in either my breast or tummy. The biggest challenge with DIEP seems to be wound dishesence, or the wound opening up. My tummy was fine but it had a small spot on my breast that I've es and had to be packed for several weeks to heal (I also had an anti-biotic resistant superbug that landed me back in the hospital twice). I hope you have time to pop over to the DIEP threads to learn more about the surgery (it's a specialty that not many PS can do) and recovery (not painful, just long).

Good luck.

"Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life." - Omar Khayyam Dx 11/22/2011, IDC, Left, 1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 12/4/2011 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 1/18/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 6/11/2012 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 1/27/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 2/14/2016 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Left Chemotherapy 2/29/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 7/20/2016 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap Dx 1/31/2017, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone

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