Benjamin Van Raalte, MD
Davenport, IA 52807
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2 1/2 year update!! I am still happy I did it, but I have been through some serious changes with my body - Davenport, IA
My big day is here. I went in at 6 45 am and they got started around 7 50 am. The dr was funny. He made me feel very comfortable. The nurses are amazing! I cannot stress that enough. Next thing I know I'm in recovery. Once again the nurses were great! I have a lot of fluid coming out of me. They said I might have been the most they have ever seen. But that's fine with my that just means he was making sure I would be comfortable afterwards. He did tumescent lipo and extended tummy tuck with muscle repair and upper back lipo and my abs and flanks. He took off 7 pounds of skin and four 32 ounce bags of fat. That is amazing to me! Needless to say I am a bit weak. I almost passed out in recoery when I went to pee because I was trying to do to much too soon. I've slowed down. They aveme some more anti nausea meds and I went home around 3 30 pm. But I came out of the O R around 12 30pm. I'm home now and the first few times I had to get up to go to the bathroom it was difficult. But I am draining a lot out of my lipo incision and my drains. About 90 cc on number 2 and about 50 ccs out of number 1. They pumped me with a lot of fluid. My boyfriend an kids have been a God send. From changing my pads for drainage to emptying my drains. He has even went to the store to buy more maxi pads or my incision. Now that's love lol :) he told me my back looks great! I haven't looked but I can feel the difference. My tummy is very swollen. But its going down by the moment. So I have faith it will look great. All in all I am very happy with my decision. He stapled my which was a little shocking but he had too cause he pulled me so tight. Anyway praise the lord and good luck to everyone else getting ready to go through this journey. Ill post pics tomorrow. I'm too hunched over to post tonight.
YOU WON'T REGRET IT ------------ MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT YOUR ARE WORTH IT !!!!!!!!!! AND LIFE IT TO SHORT !!!!!!!!!
My doctor is skilled & was honest in telling me expectations prior except for estimating healing time. He has a great personality. I didn't realize the large number of stitches needed, over 40 stitches in the top of my head but absolutely no pain. He has been available for short follow ups but his staff never answer my emails and he doesn't want me to Skype or email. The makeup person was nice but only wants to sell products. Front desk are brisk and not friendly at all.
So far my impression of Dr. Van Raalte has been great. I haven't met him yet since it is a 4 hour commute. However, he did take the time to personally take a call and answer many questions before I scheduled my consult. He has been great about letting me do consult and pre-op on the same day to save me a trip. The staff that I have interacted with so far have been AWESOME! Met Dr. Van Raalte in person on 1/10/14 and my impression of him remains a good/great one. He seems very down to earth, was very thorough with questions/answers. First impressions really do mean A LOT. I am so Glad I stumbled across Dr. Van Raalte on this website. Thank you RealSelf! Operation Icky Tummy has been completed and I couldn't be happier with my choice of surgeon. It was definitely worth the commute. The facility is top notch, the staff is incredible and Dr. Van Raalte is a REAL person with a great personality and very professional but with an awesome sense of humor...which is a big plus. I can't imagine that I would go anywhere else if I decide on future procedures. I still have a lengthy healing process ahead and I will update the Dr. review as additional appts come and go.
So far I so love the staff and my ps makes me feel really comfortable. They answer all of my questions and concerns. I love the facility, its really modern and comfortable.
Doctor Van Raalte and staff at Iowa Plastic Surgery are the best. They are professional and very caring. The care before, during, and after the procedure was great.