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|3/24/2012||I had lumpectomy & radiation to R breast in 2009. Due to fam. history and variant BRCA 1, I had a bi-lat mast. 26/10/12 with tissue expanders. My R breast has been extremely full & hard since the mast. and I just recently recovered from cellulitis on that side. Ever since the cellulitis began a hole has reopened & is continually draining a yellow fluid. The skin around the hole is very thin and my Dr. wants to do a lat or tram flap. I am reluctant to have the lat flap as I paddle and am also worried about capsular contracture. The Dr. doesn't think that I have enough abdominal fat to do both breasts. What do you suggest?|
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|3/24/2012||It's veryimportant that your quality of life be considered, which includes the activities that give you joy, so a lat dorsiflap would rob you of your paddling activities. this simply isn't necessary. TRAM flap would also impair your physical activities due to muscle loss from he abdomen. What you need is a DIEP flap. please consider coming to us and let us help you. DIEP flap takes NO muscle, is a faster recovery, involves no implants (lat dorsi flap also involves the use of an implant under the lat dorsi muscle.)These are important decisions to make that directly impact your physical activities and enjoyment in the future. call 443-287-2778. let's get one of our expert breast reconstruction plastic surgeons to help you.(I've had bilateral DIEP flap reconstruction done and love it.)|
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