Bilateral mastectomy and DIEP flap reconstruction experiences
I have had breast cancer twice and have had bilateral lumpectomies at different times. After finding out that I have a genetic mutation I have decided to have the bilateral mastectomy and diet flap reconstruction. Both my surgeon and my plastic surgeon have been very forthcoming with what to expect. I still have a few questions for them but figured I would ask about personal experiences to find out if there are more things that I should address. Did anyone have to have blood transfusions? I have been told I will be in intensive care for a day or two. What should I expect in intensive care? When will I be able to feel like I am “with it”? How long was it before you were up walking around? How long did you have drains in and how many did you have? What is your experience good or not? How long after going home was it before you could get back to doing your normal stuff? When were you able to drive again? Are there any tidbits of information that will make my experience easier?