Bilateral Removal of Breast Implants in Relation to Capsulectomy -NHS GB
- Lima girl
- updated 6 months ago
I am 58 years old and I have had the implants (Dow...
- 7 Apr 2013
- 21 days pre
I am 58 years old and I have had the implants (Dow Corning) for 32 years. They became encapsuled almost straight away and I thought then that this was normal. Of course I have learnt since that this is quite common. I was a 32A-B quite flat chested and with the implants I became a 34B. I could say that I regretted having them almost straight away as I never felt quite comfortable with them. I had one more child after the operation and I managed to breastfeed succesfully for 6 months. I know they need to come out as they are not meant to be there forever! I am slightly nervous but hopefully everything will turnout well. It is very reassuring to read all your comments on the subject and it is interesting that more ladies of my age group are having explants now.
Thank you all for your reassuring comments.
I had my pre-operative assessment on Monday. They...
- 20 Apr 2013
- 9 days pre
I am wondering what to eat the night before. I had general anesthesia 20 years ago for another operation and I was very sick afterwards and they had to keep me in overnight. The doctor said I wouldn't be spending the night at the hospital but the nurse thought differently. It is a multi- disciplinary team so we'll see. Whenever I have been treated at the NHS they have been very good and molly coddled me! I am very grateful that we have this great institution in the UK. I am also looking forward to sharing my experience with all of you. Thank you very much for your support girls!! X
The word to describe how I feel is, joyful!! A big...
- 29 Apr 2013
- Day of treatment
Thank you to the NHS, my sweet P.S, lovely nurses and staff, everyone and everything went well, like a dream today, even though I have had an operation and I have now 2 drains attached to me until wednesday, the day after tomorrow!!
We arrived at 7 a.m, I had my pre-op conversation with the anethesist first thing, I told him everything relevant he needed to know, history of migraines with sickness, IBS, light asthma and Gerd. He asked me to take my asthma inhaler dose there and then, and I was given medication for sickness and Gerd. It is very important to have this chat with the anethesist. I went to the ward and was given a bed while I waited. I was put on compression stockings, disposable knickers and gown.
My P.S came to see me pre-op to mark my chest with a felt tip pen and he had a young doctor with him. He asked me if I had any questions to ask, well, I told him I had been educating myself on-line and he was so impressed with what I had to say and question that he said he would let me do the explaining and let his trainee doctor listen. He was bemused,LOL. He is really lovely, caring and willing to listen, I told him about Realself and that I have also watched a very well made video online made by a PS surgeon where he explains a procedure similar to mine step by step.
The operation started at 10.00 a.m., I was wheeled into the pre-op room where I was given an oxygen mask for 5 minutes while I was plugged into the monitors. They now strap the BP monitor to one calf and it aches quite a bit, like cramp, but it doesn't matter because you go under and you don't feel anything during the operation. They also strap a massaging strap on to the other leg calf to prevent DVT, that feels nice. The anethesist and nurses were so friendly and good at putting me at ease. He injected the brew and said you will soon feel as though you've had a couple of glasses of wine and go to sleep. Well, I haven't been drinking alcohol lately so I told him it would be sooner as I haven't been drinking alcohol lately, I had barely finished saying this that I was out!
Woke up at 10.10 a.m in the post operative room as if from a good night's sleep! with a nurse next to me asking me how I was. I felt fine, only some pain were the inciscion was made so I was given a few doses of morphine, little by little until I was pain free. They continued monitoring BP, temperature and they sent me back to my ward when they were happy everything was ok. I was still a bit merry from the cocktail, no sickness, not even a scratchy throat, although it felt very dry. I had plenty of water, a sandwich and of course, a cup of tea, I live in England!! The English are so sweet, they always offer you tea, on any and every occasion and event in your life, even straight after childbirth.
I was seen again by my PS after lunch and he was pleased that he had found more breast tissue than we thought there might be. Post menopausal fluff or fat? I am 5.5ft tall and weigh 54k, not a lot more than when I was 27 years old, maybe 2k more.He told me both had ruptured but luckily within the capsule so no silicone had leaked into my chest. He took the two capsules out entirely, this is why my operation lasted 2 hours Phew!! They are Dow silicone. I forgot to ask him for their measurement! I have gone from 34B to A. There is zero blood coming out at the moment and I have just checked, relieved to see I have lost serum, blood equally on each breast, 20ml, very little. I hope that's it.
My breasts look, to me normal, natural and ok, what is most important is I love them!, understanding that I need to be patient and wait for things to settle down. I will post pictures tomorrow. I decided it would be better to take them in daylight which doesn't create shadows like my pre-op pictures. My M&S high impact sports bra compresses them well too. As a matter of fact it even feels better to me than the Macon and it is nearly half the price. I will get another one.
I was discharged and told to contact immediately should I notice any signs of infection or changes.
It is now nearly 14 hours after my operation and I am pain free. They offered me to take home codeine or tramadol but I don't like how I have felt in the past withe these so they told me to take Ibuprofen instead. I have taken 2 ibuprofen now in case I wake up in pain tonight. It is bedtime here now so goodnight to you all!! X
The M&S bra seems at the moment made to measure,...
- 30 Apr 2013
- 1 day post
The drains are out. I saw my PS this morning and...
- 1 May 2013
- 2 days post
The nurse who took the drains out told me it looked as though my body was rejecting them already. No more plastic in there, please!
I received my discharge letter with operation...
- 3 May 2013
- 4 days post
According to some research I have been reading: Silicone is used in cleaning solvents, handcreams, hair and skin products and anti perspirants. Silicone from these sources is absorbed primarily through the skin.
Silicone in food processing and packaging including canning and pre-prepared meals, babies teats and dummies. Silicone from these sources is absorbed primarily through the gastrointestinal tract.
It is also incorporated in some medicines and medical devices. People with insulin dependent diabetes are exposed to small but regular doses of silicone oil.
The overall biological response to silicone is consistent with conventional forms of response to foreign materials rather than an unusual toxic reaction. Low grade chronic invasion may account for some of the non specific illnesses noted in some women with silicone gel implants.
Safety is not an absolute concept. Deliberate invasive procedures carry a risk to health.
Feeling a lot better and lighter today, I have lost 2 lbs in weight, the implants and capsule? No pain, the bruising is showing now but hardly noticeable. I slept well last night for the first time since the operation and woke up lying on my left side. I only have steri strips covering the stitches, no bleeding or swelling. I have been wearing a sports compression bra 24 hrs and I think I would feel very vulnerable without it at the moment! I had a short flat walk, 2 miles, no jiggling, pain or discomfort.
I peeled off the steri strips this morning, the...
- 6 May 2013
- 7 days post
I will have a shower, no shower creme on the breast area for a while though, don't want to irritate the skin.
I did a longer flat ground 8 mile walk yesterday and I'm feeling fine! I will post some more pictures in a few days time. X
The practice nurse had a look at the incisions...
- 11 May 2013
- 12 days post
I am feeling stronger everyday, have a 6-8 mile walk, sleeping well and on my tummy, without having to prop pillows as before!! Wishing you all lots of good healing hugs! X
I have a correction to make. At the beginning of...
- 11 May 2013
- 12 days post
I had my first bike ride yesterday since the...
- 14 May 2013
- 15 days post
Last appointment with Mr. Akali PS.
- 13 Jun 2013
- 2 months post
A big thank you and a hug to all of you wonderful girls!
NHS is a Health provider in the UK. My doctor was Mr. Agustine Akali, he is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon, he works for the NHS and privately with Restore Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, www.restoresurgery.com