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the right breast. After considering the options and ruling out
radiation followed by chemo or a lumpectomy, opted for a total
mastectomy of the right breast with immediate reconstruction using the
SIEA FLAP procedure.
This involves taking flesh, fat and blood vessels from the stomach and
replacing them into the remaining exteior breast tissue via microsurgery.
This procedure was done in August following her July diagnosis.
In November she had a nipple reconstruction. Here we are in February
2007 and her breast looks and feels exactly like her removed breast.
Nerves were not able to be replaced so she has little or no feeling in the breast.
The scaring is barely noticible and will look even less noticible in
time. This was a truly amazing procedure and is far superior in the
view of many to having silicone or other implants that it time could
become troublesome. The procedure was done by Dr. Robert Allen who
pioneered the procedure in the U.S. and has taught it in the states and
abroad. She has become a poster girl for this procedure and has shared
her story with a number of recently diagnosed women. Dr. Allen's web site has some truly amazing before and after pictures.
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Thanks Lon for sharing your wonderful story. Big hugs to you and Mrs Lon. :-4 :yh_hugs :yh_hugs
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Best wishes to both of you!!!! :-6