In 17 days' time I'm [...]

May 2013
Mail on Sunday;5/19/2013, p9
In 17 days' time I'm getting a new breast. It's beyond exciting. I'm having a DIEP flap reconstruction. The science and skill of it is almost unbelievable: skin and fat from my stomach will be removed and reconnected to my chest wall. The blood vessels to supply the fat tissue, the 'deep inferior epigastric perforators' (DIEP) are carefully removed from the muscle of the stomach wall and reconnected to blood vessels sourced in the muscle of the chest wall. It's a long, painstaking, time-sensitive operation, involving expert microsurgery and intense hospital aftercare, but the joy of it is that the result is all your own tissue, unlike the more straightforward silicone-implant reconstruction.


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