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Hello all! Hoping you can give some advice. I am BRCA2+ and am recovering from hyst. I am scheduled 10/8 for a skin sparing diep recon. I am not clear on what the skin sparing does, where my scars will be and i am getting implants following recovery.

By Anonymous August 24, 2012 - 1:49pm
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due to the fact i dont have enough abdominal skin. I do not want a stacked recon. so my dr suggested impants after recovery. I cannot find any pictures of the sort and am desperate for help. I have been to my dr of course but my brain didnt seem to connect to everything he was saying. I guess i just need so advice, answers and maybe a source to pics. i see some pics show a vertical scar from the nipple down and then pics where the entire breast is scared with the flap. This is BILATERAL :) If anyone out there can help me i would so appreciate it. Sometimes i feel like i'm all alone...:(

Thanks for any help you can give me. I've searched the web over and over.

Also one more qs how long was the recovery?

Thanks you soooo much for any help

xoxo Christi

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Hello Christi,
I am assuming that you are scheduled for a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy. This type of surgery involves removing as much of the "at-risk" tissue as possible in order to reduce the chance of developing cancer.

I found this website for you. Prophylactic Mastectomy, Hilton Becker, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.R.C.S. http://prophylacticmastectomy.com/BeforeandAfterPhotos/SkinSparingProphy...

I understand that you are not getting what your surgeon is telling you. But, please try again. Your surgeon knows what he plans to do. Ask as many questions as you need to. You owe it to yourself to fully understand what will be done during the surgery before you consent to having the procedure done. You will be asked to sign an informed consent. If you do not understand what will be done. you cannot legally sign that consent form.Take it for someone who has had three surgeries for head and neck cancer and four reconstructive surgeries because of cancer damage.


August 24, 2012 - 4:39pm
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