Delayed (very!) reconstruction

I have had cancer twice (2015,2021). The first time required a mastectomy, the second a lumpectomy.

For several reasons, I was not allowed an immediate reconstruction (8 years ago) and did not have reconstruction then. Following all the treatment for the second bout, I have been on the waiting list for with the plastics team for 18 months. I finally had an apt 6 weeks ago with a very rude doctor (this is being followed up with PALS). Part of the problem with him was his impatience of sharing my options.

I would like to hear from anyone who had the flap using back tissue. I think this is what I will be pushed to have but am not that keen (as in why cut the back if it can be avoided). A tummy tuck option seems unlikely for me as there is little fat there and this doctor was dismissive of the implant.

Thank you.

  • Hi Kandy

    Welcome to the forum and I am sorry to hear that you had breast cancer.  While I didn't have a mastectomy  I noticed that you haven't had any answers yet so I thought I'd reply to you to welcome you to the community.  This reply will put you to the top of the discussion. Hopefully someone with the relevant experience will be along shortly with an answer for you.

    Wishing you the best of luck with the operation.

    Best wishes


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  • That's a kind gesture.

    I suspect that (like me in the past) that by the time people have had successful outcomes, they use this service a lot less. I may need to find another way of getting this information, but let's see over the next few days. I still have no follow up appointment so there is no hurry...sigh...!