Sep 6, 2021 06:42PM Waves2Stars wrote:
Elle, the procedure seemed like it was easy. They gave me a nerve block, so after I woke up I thought it was no big deal. I don’t think it fully wore off until I got home two days later. Then it was a big deal! I did cough twice at the hospital, which was extremely painful, like I was gut shot. Constipation can make abdominal tightness worse, and I’m prone to it normally, so I should’ve began some kind of diet that included prunes a week before.
I thought I had three drains, but I have just two and a wound vac over my stomach stitches. Day 5 and my drain output is pretty low. Lower back pain from hunching is the real killer! I got an rx for salon pas at discharge. I can use them over the breast drain area or back for 12 hours on and 12 off.
I’m glad I opted for diep flap. I was sad about getting a mx before. But waking up to a breast that is similar to my original was comforting and I didn’t feel any distress about it being from a mx at all when I looked at it! I had a hemi batwing incision and there’s a stomach flap of skin in that area, and it’s on the top where I can see it all the time. They were able to spare the nipple. I don’t mind the patchwork look of the flap because I’m so relieved at having the overall look seem so familiar. It’s stacked, and they used a Doppler to check for blood flow. I do worry one flap will “lose pressure” or something and will die, but I have confidence my ps can fix any problems. I think you will be pleased with the results, too