You might be thinking about the DIEP reconstruction technique. This is a reconstruction technique that uses microsurgery to connect the blood vessels in fat that has been moved to create the reconstructed breast. I know several people who have had this surgery because they were not eligible for other types of reconstruction. However, it does have its own set of possible complications, so you would want to discuss the risks and benefits for you with the plastic surgeon and with your neurologist. With this type of surgery, it is especially important to have a surgeon who does a high volume of the procedure because it is a technically difficult surgery (according to the plastic surgeon I talked to).
Thanks Phyllis but this is one of the procedures that would weaken my muscles sooner than necessary. The type of reconstruction I am refering to is FAT GRAFTING and is done by Dr. Khouri at the Miami Breast Center - it is actually the cutting edge technology in breast reconstruction from Europe. They liposuction your fat cells and re-inject them at intervals of every 30 - 60 days during which time you must wear an external expander called a BRAVA bra to stretch the tissue. This is the least invasive reconstruction and repairs tissue and sensory nerve damage as the fat cells are stem cell rich for healing. You can read about it at www.miamibreastcenter.com - I asked the question in hopes of finding someone who had the procedure so I could ask about their experience but thanks for sharing and trying to help.
Thanks for the link. I hope we will have a reader who has experience with this procedure who can help you.
I'm sorry you're having to go through this. I don't know the details of fat grafting, but if it's an option, your surgeon could certainly discuss it with you, or refer you to a surgeon who performs it. Have you checked out a saline implant? You could avoid the silicone, as well as autologous reconstruction... Good luck - PJH
Unfortunately the saline is encased in either plastic or silicone and I am allergic to both.
Thanks for adding your feedback here, Bronsy - it's so useful to other women to hear form those who've "been there." Cheers - I hope things continue to go well for you. PJH