I had weight loss surgery and am pretty happy with the results but have always been so unhappy with how big my upper arms were. I was unable even after the weight loss to wear anything that wasn't cotton or stretchy on my upper arms, never a normal blouse or shirt. I just wanted to be able to wear something that fit properly.
After months of wondering I finally made an appointment with Dr Steven Robinson for a consult. When he finally saw my arms, he said, "oh yeah, you need this surgery!" Woohoo fast forward a few months later when i got the time off work to 4 days before Christmas 2012 and it's the morning of my surgery.
The doctor was nice and marked my arms and told me what was to happen. The anesthesiologist started my IV in my foot…OUCH that hurt but I guess they got to work on my arms so why put an IV there. What seemed like moments later I awoke in recovery. I was in a bit of pain but they gave me meds to control it. My hubby helped me to home after I recovered.
Most of the first day was a wash, pain meds and sleeping. I did not have any drains put in at all, just ace wraps which I wear all the time unless showing. I had a few days on Percocet’s and some nausea medicine (I get a lot of nausea with pain meds) over the next few days. After one week I saw the doc for a check up. He said things were looking great, I love how you can’t see the incision line unless I hold p my arms, not from the front or back. I have a lot…LOT of swelling, and I do ice and compress and elevate my arms almost all the time. I asking him how much he took off and he said “A Lot”. I get sharp pains in both my elbows and armpits and he says that’s the nerve ending growing back again. I wished more than anything that they had something to wrap around your underarm so the stitches on my underarm and the ones in my arm wouldn’t touch when I rested my arms down. It seems like the ace’s are great for the arm it self but at the underarm, guess it just didn’t work well for me.
I have regular stitches in my arms so they come out at the 2 weeks mark (tomorrow) and he said no steri-strips after that, just keep wearing the ace’s or a compression garment. I go back to work on Monday which is in 4 days and am hoping puling the stitches will change a lot of things.