Why do some doctor's require an overnight hospital stay after breast reduction surg and others do not? Are drains necessary?

  • roches
  • Massachusetts, MA
  • 7 months ago

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if insurance is paying for it, they require that you stay one night in the hospital.
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Oh, really? I didn't know that. Thanks for the insurance info. Not sure what to make of it because my insurance already approved for day surgery without an overnight stay.
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Maybe not all insurance require it then. My surgeon told me they did. He has a surgical suite and can't use it if insurance pays for it.
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It can depend on size of the breast, age of the patient, size of the patient and health of the patient. Drains are necessary to collect the fluid build up over the first 24-48 hours.
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every PS is different. there is no one way of doing things that is better than another. i am in the UK but self paid privately, BR is never done as a day case here. had 1 night in hospital and no drains and that felt ideal to me. I have not been able to get a feel for whether people who had drains got less swelling.
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The reason why I posted these questions is because I have already been to one consult. The surgeon does the BR in a "day clinic" where there are no overnight stays and he said putting in drains is the "old fashion" way to perform the surgery. I have another consult at the end of March with a PS who always has her patients stay overnight in a hospital and she always uses drains. This is confusing for a perspective candidate such as myself who is trying to find the best doctor to perform the procedure.
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It is confusing and there is no answer to which method is best. It is about finding a surgeon you have confidence in, perhaps reading patient reviews etc. They are selling you a service so they will always criticise someone else's methods as a way of selling you theirs. Nobody can give you a definitive answer on this so you just have to think what you would prefer.
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Thank you very much for your response, Peediewife.
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