Diep Flap Procedure

Posted by jenni17 @jenni17, Sep 9, 2018

I had a bilateral mastectomy and had implants removed due to an infection. I am now at a point that I can consider reconstruction. At this point, expanders/implants are not an option for me. Has anyone had a diep flap procedure and what are your thoughts about the procedure and recovery. Any feedback is so appreciated.

@pamelaw

Following…..I am in similar situation, just had a pre DIEP CT scan.

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Hi Pamela, welcome to the Breast Cancer group. How did your pre DIEP CT scan go? When is your surgery?

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@tana

Hi sandyjr. I'm 69, booked in for DIEP (left and right) early this May 2021. I had tubal ligation (clips) at the age of 42. I'd like to know any answers to your question of "extra precaution" for surgery. I would not have thought of asking that question, ever! Thanks in advance.

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I just saw this. There seem to be no precautions that I needed for the surgery. I had it in July 2020 and everything was very smooth and was exactly as my doctors told me it would be. I have no regrets. Also I had no pain. It did kind of take the wind out of my sails but I’m used to being pretty busy and being tired and sitting around healing crimped my lifestyle… LOL. I had the diep/reconstruction in one big long surgery. I would assume the drugs they gave me and the stress of the surgery made me a bit weak. I immediately got up and moved around, walked a little, went outside got fresh air…All things considered it was pretty easy and painless.

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@colleenyoung

Hi Pamela, welcome to the Breast Cancer group. How did your pre DIEP CT scan go? When is your surgery?

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CT Scan with contrast was surprising quick and painless…..I see my PS in 2 weeks and hoping he gives me good news that her will proceed with a Bilateral

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@pamelaw

CT Scan with contrast was surprising quick and painless…..I see my PS in 2 weeks and hoping he gives me good news that her will proceed with a Bilateral

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DIEP

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@lisalucier

Hi, @sandyjr – I wanted to let you know I moved your post here to an existing Mayo Clinic Connect discussion on the DIEP flap procedure. Hoping that you can meet others in this discussion like @tana @meliss @jenni17 and that they can let you know if they have had this reconstruction surgery after tubal ligation. If they had had a previous tubal ligation, they may have additional information on whether they were denied this type of reconstruction or if extra precaution was taken for the surgery. I'd also like for you to meet @bomashisha @chamisa and @jlms, who also may have some input.

Where are things at currently for you with a DIEP flap breast reconstruction? What has your doctor said about going ahead with this surgery?

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I had tubal 35 years ago. And diep flap last year. And fat for stem cells taken from belly also. I think u need a new doctor.

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I have had a diep reconstruction for a single mastectomy in 2009. Have always been happy with results. And the naturalness of buying and wearing all types of clothing. Except…the reconstructed breast was bigger than my own. So they put in an inplant to balance me out. I wish now I didn’t have the inplant in me. But I feel the reconstruction was a huge positive.

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