Happy New Year! This year has to be better than...
Happy New Year! This year has to be better than last. I received my first implants, which were saline, in 1993. One breast started to look smaller than the other in 2001. So I saw a plastic surgeon that I've worked with doing home health. So my implants were replaced with teardrop silicone implants. I loved them! They were soft and looked natural. Well, one child and 90 pounds later, both breasts have contracted, my right breast is extremely hard and I'm having severe pain. I went to the VA hospital, I'm a disabled veteran, and was told to apply warm compresses and take Tylenol. Yeah, not helping. So I called Kaiser and they said go to the ER and they sent a referral to plastics in Fontana. I absolutely loved my implants and now am already greiving. I start a strict diet tomorrow, so hopefully I'll lose weight to match my small boobs. But I am in so much pain! My right breast, arm, and neck hurt so bad. I just want to take a knife and cut it out! BTW I'm 41 with 4 kids.
Depressed, I am going to miss my breasts
Does anyone miss their implants or feel depressed since having them removed? I have a consultation with a plastic surgeon at Kaiser Ontario California about removing my implants tomorrow. I am really nervous. I don't want an inexperienced doctor messing with my chest. I'm sorry if I sound vain, but I like having boobs. We're also having a pool put in and I don't want to worry about how my breasts look. I know that I have to remove these implants due to the pain, contractures, and health. I guess if the explantation improves my health, I may have a more positive outlook.
I had my surgery about 13 hours ago. I am in so much pain! I have drains in both breasts and a pump slowly infusing local anesthesia into them. My breasts are bound tightly with an ace bandage that I am to wear non-stop until next Wednesday. I had to request to see my surgeon after the surgery because the nurse said they usually don't see their patients after. But I awoke with extreme pain, got it controlled, and went home around 3:30 pm yesterday. I felt good until 6:30 pm when I became dizzy, lightheaded, and had a low grade fever of 100.4*. I was home alone and afraid I would pass out so I carefully walked to my neighbor's house to wait for my husband. Thinking I was overreacting, I called the Kaiser advice nurse who told me to to the ER. So I went to Kaiser Ontario, CA emergency room. They gave me some fluid and talked to my surgeon that said it was just the anesthesia and basically, "get over it." After being in the ER for 4 hours, the pain returned, and I'm intensely anxious. So, here I am exhausted, in pain, and anxious.
Oops! I accidentally posted before finishing
I guess the pain meds are affecting my head rather than the pain. :-/ So, I'm having a hard time. To top it off, the surgeon told me I was "flat", that my breasts were "90% implant" and I have "no breast tissue" left. What's worse is that he told me in front of my father, who didn't need to know that much info. Patient confidentiality out the window. I only asked about the source of the fluid between my implant and the capsule, fearing it may be silicone, and how large my incision was. I am so depressed. Has anyone else experienced so much pain? I'm taking Norco without relief and the ER doctor didn't want to treat my pain or anxiety. I really don't like Kaiser anymore.