Hi all, I saw a specialist today and was given all of the options open to me for my surgery (left breast Mastectomy).
So I can have an expander put in at the same time as surgery which gets inflated slowly over time. They will take skin and muscle from my back... And they will reduce the size of my right breast at the same time to give some balance. Then later they replace the expander with a silicone implant. This 2 stage process is necessary because I will have radiotherapy after the surgery. There are potential complications such as my body rejecting the expander. As I get older the implant is heavier than the fat in my right breast so I may need further surgery later on in life. I will also have to wear a bra all of the time to support and protect the reconstruction.. Or I can have a bilateral mastectomy - so no imbalance, only one surgery, no muscles from my back etc. I must say I am veering towards the bilateral mastectomy. I would love to hear of other people's experiences of both options and thanks to those of you who have already shared yours.