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Prophylactic Masctectomy - What to expect?
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555Lindsey posted:
Hello Ladies,

I am thankful that I just found this group online. God bless all of us strong women! Wishing everyone a healthy 2013. The last time I joined a WebMd discussion group it was when I was pregnant with my now 3 year-old.

I am 26 years-old. I had a lumpectomy over 2 years ago which revealed that I have LCIS. Because of that and several other factors, doctors believe I have an 85% chance of developing BC in my lifetime.

Therefore, I have finally been able to gain enough strength & courage to schedule my double masctectomy w/ immediate reconstruction on February 13, 2013 (coming up quick!). I elected to get the Latismus Flap procedure b/c the plastic surgeon said he could create the same-shape breasts w/o having to put in expanders. I am trying to be strong, but I am having a really tough time anticipating this operation. Has anyone had this procedure? Can anyone give me some tips of what I can expect for the recovery or what I should know going into this? I have never had surgery before nor anesthesia and I just don't know what to expect. I have 2 LO's (3 & 7). My mom will be able to stay w/ me for a week or two. It is a tough situation because my husband doesn't exactly support me in my decision. He thinks it is crazy to put my body through all this even though I am perfectly healthy. I think he will come around eventually, at least i'm hoping.

Thanks for reading! God bless.
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mhall6252 responded:
Welcome, Lindsay. This is a very difficult decision but with an 85% chance of developing BC, I think you're making the wise decision. I don't have much to offer regarding your reconstruction. I had a double mastectomy and tissue expanders, which eventually had to be removed for radiation treatment. Mine is a complicated situation... If someone doesn't chime in with some advice on the recon, you might check out breastcancer.org. There are many thousands of women who participate in the discussions there, and you will find lots of help specific to your type of surgery and recon. It's great that your mom will be there for your little ones. You will have very restrictive weight limitations for a few weeks, so any help will be good. And tell your hubby that breast cancer is devastating; with your odds, whatever you can do to avoid it and the potentially deadly consequences is very wise. There's risk in any surgery, but there is no cure for breast cancer.

Best of luck to you, and check back in with us to let us know how you are doing.

Hugs,
Michelle
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