Has anyone used Kaiser in LA for explantation? Good? Bad?

  • polojess
  • 2 years ago

Hi ladies, I need to get my 360cc saline unders removed because the left one is deflating and I'm on my 3rd round of capsular contracture in my right implant. Dr. Stuart Linder in Beverly Hills did all three surgeries: 1st - implant(200), 2nd -capselotomy(2007), 3rd - complete removal and two new implants(2008). I really love my breasts when they are soft, but right one is hard as a rock and painful...again. I really feel I have no choice but to take them out. Apparently my Kaiser insurance will cover 80% of the cost. Has anyone used any Kaiser doctors in the LA area, or any area I guess, for explantation? Are they experienced? Did you like the results?   Thanks!

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I had my explant done at Kaiser in Santa Rosa Ca. I also had mine removed for medical reasons and also a rupture that ultimately rushed me to her the toxic things out of my body. How long ago was your explant surgery? It breaks my heart to hear you speak of ending your life. We are all here for you. Please continue to reach out. You can private message me 24/7 of you need someone to talk too through this. My prayers are with you.
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Sorry for all the typos.... I'm responding from my iPhone on my way he from work. Darn predictive text...
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Just curious as to what Kaiser is? I live in Florida and have Blue Cross insurance and called to make sure if any of my explant would be covered. Nope, not unless it was due to cancer reconstruction. Congrats to you guys who get any part of your surgery covered.
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It's like any other insurance plan. You can only have proceedures done through them if you are a member and you can only have it done at their facility
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Kaiser is an insurance company just like a Blue Cross but they have their own hospitals, pharmacies, medical facilities etc., and all the doctors there are actual employees if Kaiser versus just accepting the insurance. I think they are only west coast but I love them. They are very into preventative care knowing that it saved them $ in the long run. Implants can be removed if medically necessary based on deflation, pain, and other complications. Actually, some other companies will pay for removal if a doctor judges it medically necessary.
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Thanks, sounds like pretty good set up!
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Hi, I had mine removed at Kaiser. I had no problems and I'm quite pleased with my results. I paid $1500 out of pocket. My Obgyn was the one who told me that if I was experiencing any pain that the insurance would pay for it. So that's what I said and now they are out. ;)
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Hello. I have Kasier, but I am in southern california. I just had a consult with a plastic surgeon who told me that kaiser would only cover the cost if there was an infection or if it was for cancer. The doctor was aware of 20 + symptoms that i believe my implants are causing. He doesn't belive they are the cause of my decline in health. He was very rude and asked me why would I think Kaiser should have to cover the cost. Can you please tell me the name of the doctor that you saw? I don't mind traveling to see a doctor who can help. Thank you!!
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Hi there, I feel your pain...literally! I am going with Kaiser Souther California for my explantation on March 20th. I consulted with Dr. Stuart Linder (my original surgeon who has done 4 surgeries on me. Love him, but $6K to take them out is ridiculous! That's more than I paid for any of the sets I've had.), I saw Dr. Winston Yung at Kaiser and liked him a lot, but chose to go with Dr. Soon Lee at Kaiser instead because he seemed more experienced and I just personally felt like Dr. Lee would be better for me. Dr. Lee also performs breast elective breast implant surguries and reconstructions for cancer patients. (I hate that Kaiser claims, "all of our doctors are highly skilled in every type of surgery," I really wanted the "boob-doctor" not just a general surgeon) I also saw Dr. Michelle Spring, who was wonderful, as is all the staff at her Dr. Steven's office in Marina Del Rey, but I felt seemed a little inexperienced. She said she would do the surgery without drains and that she recommended a lift for best results. All three of the other surgeons insisted on drains to help ensure against infection and to close the pocket. All three also said that I should not get a lift 1. becaue I am going to have more children, and 2. I likely would not need a lift bc hopefully my skin will bounce back a bit and anyway, I should see how I like them first before I do so much more cutting and spend so much more money. Additionally, I may want implants again despite the cc problems I've had, if I just really hate my little boobs, so a lift isn't conducive to that really if I'm just going to restretch out the skin. I'm really hoping I just like my little boobies and I can move on from implants forever! Oh, also, on the advice of all 4 doctors, I will NOT be doing it embanc, but leaving the capsule there to reabsorb with the body and hopefully there won't be too much hard or calcified scar tissue to make the breast mishapen, but I've been assured that they shuld look pretty good afterwards. My Kaiser Insurance will cover most of the appx $8K charge, but I think I still have to pay about $1,600. I am trying to see how to get the implants back to the manufacturer for the $1,200 assistance fee they give you if the implant ruptures...not sure how it works with Kaiser, but my private plastic surgeon has done it before. Hope that helps, and good luck. Also, book early bc I've been waiting about 3 months to get on the surgery schedule.
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Thank you so much for the quick response. This has by far been one of the most frustrating situations I've been in medically. It seems like all the plastic surgeons see are dollar signs and not my health. This Dr. At Kaiser actually cared about how I am feeling and not just trying to talk me into getting new implants. I'm worried that I've been told I have capsular contracture and that the surgery is a minimum of 5-6 hours per breast an that Dr. Lin at Kaiser said it would be 30 minutes to an hour. My implant ruptured a few weeks ago and I am now in a lot of pain. I am not quite sure what that's all about and either are the surgeons. What a mess! Had I ever foreseen this happening I wouldn't have ever done this to myself. I was a 34A prior and a 34DD after surgery. I had a mammogram done last week and I have barely any breast tissue. I'm 44 and not ready to have ugly boobies. I know in my heart that my overall health will improve, I'm just worried about how I will look afterwards. I hope all goes well with you. And you get the results your hoping for. Thank you again! I will keep you updated and please do the same..
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Hello again. I have a question about surgery time. My original PS said it was going to be a 6 hour surgery per breast. Kaiser has said 56 minutes from beginning to end. When you had your consult did they give you a time frame? And also im going under general. How about you? I hope your feeling well
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Hi there, I have been told it will be bw 1-3 hrs by all of the surgeons. I also have some severe encapsulation that may take more time to get out, so they are allowing 3 hrs in the schedule. Just taking them out is pretty easy from what I've heard!
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That's what I thought. Confused as to why He feels he only needs 30 minutes for actual surgery time. He said I would have a drain in the breast that is not ruptured after explant and the ruptured implant should be fine. It sounds to me like he's not removing the capsule??? Does that sound right to you? I'm getting so nervous about this. I am going under general after all. What about you?
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As far as I know the capsule and the implant are two different things. The capsule is the natural scar tissue around the implant, that your body makes and I don't believe there's a need to take that out, as it eventually will reabsorbed into your body. The drained implant shells should be taken out though. It will be fine. I'm going under general anesthesia as well. You want to be under for as short a time as possible. Again, from what I've been told it's a pretty simple surgery just pulled them out and stitch you back up! You will be fine, easy peasy!
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You are so positive. Thank you so much! Reading this this morning made my day. My surgery is right around the corner (Tues March 5th) just want it to be done already. The anticipation is driving my bonkers. Plus, I'm reading and researching and looking at photos. I need to step away from the Internet.,, lol., with the exception of this wonderful website. I pray that it's easy peasy.. And I don't have ugly boobies afterwards. Did the Dr. at your Kaiser give you any info as to what your results will be post op?
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Hello, I am new to this forum and have the same question. Im reading alot of wonderful explant surgery stories, but nothing related to using Kaiser. I am a nervous wreck, I have had had my 560cc saline implants for 7 years and believe i have been ill from them. My left breast implant ruptured a month ago. I have seen 4 different surgeons including the surgeon that did my original implant surgery and all have given me different opinions. Im so scared and confused about all the conflicting information ive been left to process. I finally called Kaiser in Santa Rosa and had a consult with both plastic surgeons there. I really felt comfortable with Dr. Lin. But again, I wish i had someone else to talk to about this. Crossing my fingers that someone out there hears me. I have a surgery date set for March 5th, just around the corner... Crossing my fingers
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I see that your surgery date was today. How are you doing?
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Well, I did it! My left breast which was the on that deflated is hurting the most. I have drains in both breasts and am wrapped up pretty tight in bandages so I havn't been able to see my boobies yet. I see the surgeon for post op on Thursday and hopefully the drains come out and I'm healing well. I feel relieved to finally have these water balloons out of my body and get back to feeling good. How about you? Are you explanting? If so, I wish you many blessings.. Please keep in touch
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I just read that you had your explanation on the 28th. How are you feeling? I'm sorry I didn't read your profile before responding. Thank you so much for taking the time to ask about my surgery and I hope your happy and healing well. This website has been wonderful. The support is priceless!
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I am doing great and it is only now seven days out! I had a ruptured left implant also. I had drains but only for one day. If you get a chance look at my pics I am way happy with my results. It gets better and better and getting these balloons out is the best thing ever! You are right, the support here is priceless as only fellow explanters and those desparate to get it done can really know what the journey is like! I probably would have done a stupid thing and got them replaced instead of getting the out for good if I had not found this place. I wouldn't have thought a good result would have been possible! I know first hand it is!!! Happy healing and lets us know how you are doing and possibly post pics. It is weird at first to think if doing so but it helps so much to see the progress and healing that happens when getting explanted and that it is the best choice to get them out!
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Woohoo, I am so excited for you! How do you feel one day out? How are the drains? Pics!?
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I feel great! If you click on my name and then go to full profile you can see my before and after pictures. I only had the drains for one day and there was not much in them to be emptied. I think my husband only had to do it once and it was hardly anything. All doctors do things a bit differently and mine said I didn't have to be bound. I have been wearing snug tops with the built in bra thing in them, they don't rub on the incision spot so they are really comfortable. I am liking the result more each day and am glad that I am on the other side of implants! Please keep posting your progress and how you are feeling about your results if helps so much for everyone going through this or just thinking about doing it to see that so many of us are doing great and are loving the results! I can understand that many PS's would try to discourage a woman from just removing them and not replacing them with the beat up way they look right after the explant but that is not a true representation of what the results are going to be. This place is a godsend for taking women through the whole process of before and after over the weeks and months of recovery that gives a way more accurate depiction of great results.
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So glad to hear everything went so well! How are you feeling the day after? How is dealing with the drains?
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I feel wonderful! I had my drains removed today and my Dr. said things look great. I didnt get a good look at myself yet, I'm wrapped up in an ace bandage. I get to shower tomorrow morning so I will see how the new me looks. Also, no more ace bandage and I can begin wearing my sports bra after my shower. I am so happy and excited to be on my road to recovery. I couldnt have done it without the support of my daughter and this website. I will post some pictures in the next couple days...
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