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Met with the surgeon today...
by roadrunnerdm (roadrunnerdm)
at January 17th, 2007 (02:23 pm)

Well, it's been a long road, but after a year and a half I received my final (hopefully!!) dose of chemotherapy for Ovarian cancer last week, I'm still in complete remission, and the side effects are now behind me...except the hair loss of course, which will take a bit longer to resolve itself. I'm now moving forward with a prophylactic mastectomy to reduce my continuing risk of breast cancer, and had a consultation with the surgeon today. He comes very highly recommended from former patients and fellow physcians alike, and he's a real sweetie so I feel like I'm in good hands.

My oncologist recommended waiting at least 6 weeks after my final dose of chemo before proceding with surgery, and the surgeon wants to push that back an additional few weeks more, so I'm probably looking at the second or third week of March for the operation. He performed a breast exam and studied the films from my recent mamogram, concluding that everything still looks normal and there isn't any medical reason to rush right into surgery, so it's up to me, but I'm mentally prepared for it now and ready to move forward. He plans to use a skin-preserving procedure to reduce scarring and anticipates that the operation will take roughly 3 hours, with a one night hospital stay. Reconstruction will be performed at the same time, but I haven't yet had a meeting with the plastic surgeon to discuss those details.

I'm in a holding pattern for about the next 6 weeks as I finish recuperating from chemo, but at least the wheels are in motion for the next step as well.

Take care everybody.


Posted by: trshtwns01 (trshtwns01)
Posted at: January 18th, 2007 12:54 am (UTC)

What kind of reconstruction is he doing? 3 hours with a one night hospital stay sounds like a DREAM! I did skin sparing mastectomy with immediate DIEP reconstruction. I know it took a long time because of the microvascular work because I chose not to go the implant route. My surgery was 14 hours and a 5 day hospital stay (that's what it was originally scheduled for).

That is great news about the remission and the end of chemo!!! Take your time recovering, and good luck on the surgery!

Posted by: roadrunnerdm (roadrunnerdm)
Posted at: January 18th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)

DIEP is an alternative that I'll be discussing in more detail when I meet with the plastic surgeon so that I can evaluate the possible benefits and if it's worth the extended surgery and hostpitalization or not. At this point though I'm anticipating using silicone implants, hence the 3-hour operation with limited hospital stay.

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