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Questions about Delayed Breast Reconstruction.
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|2/1/2012||Back in 2005 I had the diep flap recontruction done on the right cancer side at Johns Hopkins and also had the left breast removed and Dr Sing used an implant on that side due to restricted blood flow on that side. The implant became infected and the skin opened up. I have tried implants about 3 times and always the skin would not support it and would open up with a large hole. I tried the lat surgery to cover the implant and that also opened up and had to be removed. It's been 5 years since I tried any kind of reconstruction for that left side. It is needless to say a mess and quite ugly. My stomac opened up afterthe diep flap and I have a hole along the scar line on my stomach too. I am 57 years old and would like to try again but not sure what route to go or if it would be worth going through it again just to have it fail. I would really rather not have anotherflap done. I did not expect the scarring to be so bad following the diep flap. Do you think it would be worth it to try another implant or just be thankful I am still here after 8 years post inflammatory breast cancer. I know how blessed I am but going through the diep flap and still only having one breast is discouraging. I'd just like something to put in a bra and swimt. We women that have had mastectomies are over charged for bras and swimsuits and quite frankly most of them are ugly. I really feel for the younger women (20, 30's) that have breast cancer and have so few age appropriate choices. What is your opinion of trying reconstruction again? Thanks for you help and what you do for all of us out here.|
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|2/1/2012||For someone who has had inflammatory breast cancer (congrats on 8 years too!) then you had a lot of radiation to the chest wall as well. chest wall radiation and implants are destined to do poorly the majority of the time. 7 years have now passed and there is a lot more we know about how to do breast reconstruction. timing is everything, right? so call 443-287-2778 and arrange for an appt with Dr Gedge Rosson. let's see if we can make your silhouette whole again and you happy with the appearance.|
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