Ann's NOTE: It is important to remember that a great many patients have no problems with their reconstruction. BUT a large number to experience some problems. Several of these women have decided to tell the Project about their circumstances. You are not alone if you had problems
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In 1997, I had Tram flap surgery, after a mastectomy in 1995. At that time my left breast had been reduced. I am satisfied with both breasts, however, the lower abdominal scar still looks pretty wicked.
My plastic surgeon told me that after the surgery I would be able to wear a bikini, well if the Pillsbury dough boy looks good in a bikini, that's me! My stomach, directly below the breasts is hard, petrous, similar to rock and feels prickly to the touch, as you can imagine, I am not happy with the results of this surgery.
If anyone out there has these problems or wants to ask questions, I'd be happy to help, please contact me. Good luck.
Ann's NOTE: Hit the email button on the HOME page and direct your query to Judy.
LINK to patient site
with a graphic photo,
DIEP Flap report
Euro J Oncology Nursing, 2/07
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