Capsulectomy or simple implant removal - time and money.

  • Nymeria84
  • 1 year ago

Hi there, I have been reading lots of stories on the this site over the past while. I have had my implants for almost 4 years, 275 cc's under the muscle placement. So far I haven't had any capsular contracture or any major issues, but there is constant pain and discomfort and I want them out.

The big issue for me at the moment is cost vs time - basically I want them out as soon as possible, I have been stressing so much about them for the last few months, and have lost so much sleep worrying, it feels like I have ticking time bombs in my chest. Anyway, the issue for me is that I need to save the money for the removal surgery (I am a mature student living on a small amount, so no chance of a loan), so either I save as much as I can for the next 6 months and opt for just the implant removal (the cheaper option), or I wait for another year or maybe longer, saving more money and go for the full capsulectomy.

Its also regarding the choice of surgeon, I'm worried about going for the cheaper option, as if something goes wrong I feel they will be less reliable. But the alternative is waiting for at least another year with these things inside my body, wondering what kind of damage is being done while I wait. I'm stressing so much over just wanting them out of my system as soon as possible, but what if there are complications afterwards and I should have waited for a better surgeon/ opted for a full capsulectomy. 

Sorry for the long post, im just wondering if anyone else has had to make this choice and if they have any advice? thanks, Gill.

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Great decision...choose a PS who believes that this is best for you also. The first PS I saw said that he would not removes them even when I said I didn't want them left in....no way I was going against my instincts.
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Hi Gill - I have opted to have the removal with capsulectomy. I want it all gone! I do not want to risk having anything left and it causing problems later on. I am now down to 53 days to go.
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Hi Breezy, I am going to opt for capsulectomy also despite the extra cost/ more recovery time, just because I want the best chance of going back to my natural healthy self. I have now booked an initial consultation for the 17th of May. I hope everything goes well with your surgery, not long now xx
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I have done a lot of research on this subject and I have decided to remove the implants and the capsule by a very experienced PS who will only do explant this way. It is more money but after 28 years with implants and being 56, I want to make sure that it is all out of my body. I suffer with many health issues so this feels right for me. I don't want to leave anything to chance. Listen to your body and instinct as this will guide you to the right decision.
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Hi, thanks a million for your response. Yeah I am concerned about paying more but like you I want to be sure that I will fully recover and have no further issues down the line. Also, if there is a leak, I want to make sure than a residue is gone from my body. This whole experience has made me grateful for my health.
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Hello Gill, I have read your posts as I recover from an explant yesterday. This site and form has helped me make a decision and has helped me forgive myself of the "mistake" that I had done to my body. I have had two serious mistakes the past two years and this is one of them. One thing I tell myself over and over is that that is why we are human. I have had three surgeries the past two years and spent over $15,000 correcting the first mistake. So you see..you're not the only one. I had an implant in 2011 because I thought I needed them. I have always wanted them and now that I have some money, why not. I have regretted it the day I had them. Then I grew capsular contraction and replaced the other implant and did a capsulotomy or capsulectomy...I get confused with those two. After four weeks, I developed another CC, so he cut me up again..then after four weeks, I grew more. So...inspite of my stubbornness, I knew these foreign things are not for me. I had them removed yesterday and I am happy with my decision. I look more "normal" now. I am very athletic and the big boobs, like you, just made me look frumpy. I have two teenagers and I know that it embarrassess them when they are walking with a mom who has big boobs that their friends look at. The explant is not nearly as bad as the implant. Will you be able to go back to your original surgeon, maybe he can give you a discount? My surgeon did my explant for free because he just put the implants last October. I just had to pay for the anesthesia and the surgery center. I want you to know that whatever decision you make...will be the best for you. If your body is showing signs that it's rejecting the implants...try to listen to your body. I would like to help you in any way...just let me know. Jenine Diaz
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Hi Jenine, sorry I didn't see your message until today. Thank you for your kind words, it's comforting to know that I am not alone in this. I hope that you are recovering well xx
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