Happy with my breast reduction; hit a few bumps on the road

I had my breast reduction 12/05/2012. I have dealt...

I had my breast reduction 12/05/2012. I have dealt with mid back pain and insomnia for 12 years and have tried therapy many times. I finally decided this year it was time; when my neck required injections and chiropractic care, and I developed hidradenitis(boils) under my right breast. My procedure was about 4hrs long, and 5lbs removed from my chest. I had one drain on each breast, stayed overnight in the hospital with a pain pump, then went home the next day. I went from a G/H cup to C cup.

The first few days there was moderate pain, and I took pain meds around the clock. By day 5 I was down to pain meds 2 xday. Post op day 6 drains were removed and I had a good report in the office. By post op day 10 on 12/15/12 I noticed I started to have drainage trickling down my abdomen. I examined my incisions under my breasts with a light and mirror and noted redness under both breast and around the verticle incisions, yellow pus under my dermabond strips under both creases, and a 1 1/2 inch opening under my right breast. I notified my doctor's nurse, hysterically packed a bag(I knew I was going to be readmitted) and went to the ER. I was admitted for four days with cellulitis of the breast incisions (infection) and fat necrosis (fat tissue that dies as a result of trauma or surgery that liquify and drains).

Also the areas where your vertical scar(under nipples) meets the crease on each breast are healing slower as well. I received 2 strong antibiotics in the hospital and wound packing and dressing changes daily. My PS said this will resolve with meds and I did not need to go back to the OR, thank God! I was discharged from the hospital 12/19/12. I am doing better, the redness has resolved and the drainage has slowed some (before I was saturating bras). My incisions look clean, but healing is in progress. I have no regrets although I am having a minor setback. My back and neck no longer hurts and I can sit up straight. I am a nurse in the recovery room so I had a lot of knowledge before hand, and did a lot of research. The one thing I have taken for granted is the restriction. If the PS says so, follow the rules of DO NOT lift arms above head, keep elbows down and at your side, do not lift >10lbs. I had my mom's help for 9 days but was stubborn and still did too much. I may have caused some of my own healing delays. Now I am following these rules and bought a reaching stick. I am packing my wound and changing my dressing twice a day. Things will get better. I still have a lot of swelling, but my boobs sit up high, and they are perky. I am happy with my results overall. I cannot wait until they take their final shape, and no longer feel like hard coconuts. I look forward to buying new bras and tops in a month or two!

I went for my 2nd post op visit since leaving the...

I went for my 2nd post op visit since leaving the hospital 12/19/12 and things are looking good. My left breast is just spotting and is healing faster than the right. My right breast wound is healing from the inside out, I will still need to pack it 2x day until my next visit 1/15 so it continues to heal this way. The T junction on the right will take a little longer because of a stitch that will be removed in the future. I am happy with the look of my boobs and have no regrets.

Happy New year to everyone and I pray that all...

Happy New year to everyone and I pray that all will recover well. Just an update to say that nerve pain in my right aereola and nipple nearly caused me to come unglued new yrs eve . It hit me at a public place, I rushed to the bathroom and pulled out my breast it felt like something with sharp teeth was biting and would not let go. I drove home crying in a pain holding my bra away from my skin b/c that sensation was hittimg me like lightening. I got home, took bra off, saw no signs of anything wrong with the areola/nipple. I dug into my medicine cabinet, put some lidocaine ointment on the sensitive to touch area, took a neurontin for nerve pain & had to take a norco and muscle relaxant to sedate myself from this awful pain. It continued thru the evening, I applied more lidocaine ointment, decided to do both sides this time and after a couple of hours it really dulled the nerve pain. Now new yrs day, it is much better, still have the nerve pain but tolerable. I never lost sensation to my nipples and glad for that. I know they cut a lot of nerves during surgery, so I guess this is a sign of healing with these sensations
Bullocks

I did visit a few surgeons before hand and came up empty. I work for a large hospital system and decided to called the medical center facility and spoke with a surgical nurse in plastics and asked who is good at breast reductions and was given a few names. Dr. Bullocks specializes in breast reconstructions and a breast reduction is just that. I have no regerets, he is a wonderful surgeon. The only thing is I would rather see him in the office more, instead of the PA, but he is very busy.

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5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
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5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
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I am 34H and days away from my surgery. The surgical bra like you're wearing is the type I bought but it's causing redness/irritation between my breasts. Hoping to get a different one tomorrow and try them out. I bought Walmart (2 cheap ones with the front closures). I hope to be a C cup, but of course, no guarantee. Thank you for sharing your pictures. It helps to know others are or have gone/going through the same procedure.
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thank u so much for sharing ur story! I was an h cup as well so i know ur pain. sounds like u had a bit of a struggle for a bit there. im glad the docs took care of ur infection. at least u recognized what it was right away and was able to get it taken care of. rest and relax as long as u can. i was the same and was surprised i wasnt healing as fast as other girls. "pain free, no pain pills, back to normal.....blah blah!! I took 7 weeks before i stopped hurting and feeling the zingers. Plz dont over do it. its so hard esp if u have a hard time letting others help. Remember is ur soul healing as well as ur changed ur body. Good luck and happy healing!!! xxxx
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this says updated today but i dont see an update,i hope you are doing well!
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Yourbreasts bring back memories. 8.5 wks ago mine looked much like that. They r just now starting to drop and take shape. Yes, rest is a good healer. Listen to your body. Even noe almost 9 weeks later i still wear out quickly... happy healing. You look great
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Thank you. I am getting better each day, and being as lazy as I can and it is paying off.
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I'm glad you're healing and that the problems have been taken care of. From what I've read on the site everyone stresses the need to relax and take it easy after surgery, so best take it to heart. It sounds such an enormous amount of tissue to remove, 5 pounds, that's almost 2.5 kilos. I'm not sure how much my surgeon will end up removing. He never mentioned weight or volume, just that he'll leave me with medium sized breasts that will be proportionate with my body. I'll ask after surgery though, because I'm curious :)
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Thanks for your reply.My insurance co. said 1400g per breast needs to be removed to be covered and they base this on your ht and wt, (which is not sufficient). My PS said enough breast tissue has to be left to have a normal shaped breast and he would take off as much as possible. Actually I told him I desired to be a C cup. 1400 g would be too much per a breast, besides I had lost 25lbs before surgery. They never know beforehand how much will be taken, you will find out afterwards. Good luck and well wishes on your surgery.
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Thank you for your posts. I had breast reduction two weeks ago and I am miserable. The problem is that the incision is SO uncomfortable, and yet I am instructed to keep a bra on 24/7. I do not have any infection or other side effects, but I am just completely irritable all the time. I am supposed to return to work in one one week and I hope to God I feel better by then. What kind of bras/compression garments are you wearing post op?
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I am wearing the soft front closure surgical bras provided by the hospital, I have 10 of them. They too are irritating at times near my incisions under the breast. Since I have to do dressing changes 2xday, the guaze helps, but some times I open my bra for a minute to get a break from the bra. You can try padding the areas that are irritating, but the main nusance is the swelling. I think we will feel better once that resolves but my doc says that takes a month or two to go down. Hang in there it will get better, I have met so many women who have been through this and conquered!
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Thanks. This website has been SO wonderful...it makes me feel like I am not alone is this process. I thought I was prepared, but it has been a little rougher than I anticipated. Today I opened a new package of cotton tube socks and have put one on each side between the bra and my incisions...this has helped tremendously. I am hoping to actually sleep tonight! Finger crossed.. I hope tomorrow is a good day for you.
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That is a great idea, I hope you get some comfort. Thanks Jodi!
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