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    Posted: Sep 26 2016 at 3:55pm
Hi All,
 
I was diagnosed in January 2015, no sign of recurrence so far.  My MO and I were talking about reconstruction, so I made an appt with the Plastic Surgeon.  He recommends (due to my age...38) that I do the DIEP flap tissue reconstruction.  Basically moving tissue from my stomach to my chest. 
 
I was really excited at first, but now I am getting really nervous.  My reconstruction is scheduled for 12/7/16.   
 
Would any of you mind sharing the following:
 
1)  Did you get DIEP flap reconstruction, if so, knowing what you know now, would you do it again?
 
2) How far out from diagnosis did you elect to get reconstruction?
 
Thanks!!!
 
Steph 


Edited by StephandBrandon - Sep 26 2016 at 3:56pm
DX on 1/27/15, Stage 3 TNBC, A/C every 2 weeks for 8 weeks, Taxol/Carbo every week for 12 weeks, Carbo every 3rd

Local lymphnode recurrence 3/3/17; Keytruda Trial 3/29/17
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Hello!

I had diep flap and would absolutely do it again. I had it done at the same time as by bilateral mastectomy, one month after chemo ended. I didn't have radiation.

It's a big surgery and a big recovery. It's important to find a surgeon skilled in this procedure. I'm very happy with the results. They feel very natural. Husband thinks they look great. 
Dx 09/14 Stage 2 TNBC, Grade 3, 3cm, no nodes. BRCA1+ Neoadjuvant treatment: 4 AC/T, 12 Taxol, 4 Carboplatin. BMX Diep Flap Hyster 3/5/15. Path report PCR, no radiation advised.
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Thanks KristyLee!!  Your reply put's me more at ease with my choice! 
DX on 1/27/15, Stage 3 TNBC, A/C every 2 weeks for 8 weeks, Taxol/Carbo every week for 12 weeks, Carbo every 3rd

Local lymphnode recurrence 3/3/17; Keytruda Trial 3/29/17
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