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Has anyone had the type of reconstructive surgery that includes using tissue and muscle from your back? I'm wondering how painful of a procedure it is and how long the recovery is? I work a rather physical job.

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Learning About Breast Cancer over 7 years
 
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    anonymous
    Patient
    I had it done June 6th. The first two weeks are the worst. Lots of pain meds. After that it's ok. I would say the last two weeks I'm starting to feel normal. They had to stop feeling my expander because I had to start radiation. With radiation they say I can't finish the reconstruction for 6 months. Bummer. I send you lots of hugs.
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  • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    I've had both. The first time I had cancer I had just a straight reconstruction, where they left enough skin to put in an implant. The second time I had a tram-flap, where they take skin, fat, and tissue from your abdomen. It's like having a tummy tuck with extra benefits! (Not a bad thing after 4 kids.) But its a long recovery period and the initial pain is pretty bad.ive heard the same for the (?latissmus flap?) surgery you're thinking of having. Because the surgery is near a major muscle group you can't do much for a while -- lifting and things like that.
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  • Angela Sahyoun Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Thanks for the responses! I'm only 34 and very single so I definitely want reconstruction asap! The back flap reconstructive surgery is my only option I'm told by my plastic surgeon...and she's good so I'm not doubting her reasonings. She told me that the muscles used are not major and really only cause complications for athletes like swimmers & tennis players who use these muscles regularly. I'm no major athlete so... I'm more worried about initial pain as I'm doing the mastectomy & having my ovaries removed at the same time. Getting nervous it's too much but since reconstructive will be the bulk of the pain I want to get it over with instead of having 2 surgeries and recouping twice :/
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    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    I haven't had it but i did a lot of reading and It does cause limitations That particular procedure did mention the effects on swimmers and I forgot the other activities . MD Anderson reconstruction site along with several others will give you all the pros and cons in a chart.
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  • Isabel Souchet Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2010
    I was thinking of it as my expander ended up being removed due to scar tissue. After reading up on it, for me, it seems too scary. I'm gonna just use a prosthetic bra. It is strictly a personal decision
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  • Rita Jo Hayes Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2009
    I was a 42 DD before my double masectomy. I had made my mind up I was not doing reconstructive. My husband was and is good with me and my flatness. I have a wonderful and comfortable pair of "C's"
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    • Rita Jo Hayes Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      Oops hit go before I was done. I have never regreated going with the proths. It is a personal choice. Do a lot of research and consult with your doc. Good luck.

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  • julie s Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    Best of luck in your journey!
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  • Diana Castells Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    I was told it wod restrict movement in my abdominal area and I would have trouble doing sit-ups, etc. at the gym! Yiy should have a frank talk with your plastic surgeon.
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