I am 55 years old and finally decided to get the...
My husband and I began researching the doctors in the Chicago area and decided to schedule a consultation at MAE in Northbrook. It was farther from home but well worth the 3 hour round trip for the excellent care I received! When we met Dr. Gutowski we both knew I would be in good hands! He made us feel comfortable to ask any questions and spent a great amount of time with us, never making us feel rushed to make any decision that day or after that. Every detail of risk and benefit involved in having this surgery was explained in full detail and my health was top priority! There were no changes to the very fair cost he quoted at all, as well as no pressure to have any other procedures!
His staff communicated very well and from the very beginning, answered emails quickly and even shared their own personal aspects of their own procedures which was comforting and reassuring. They are focused on the details which is right where they should be. It certainly was not "about money" for us it was about success and mitigating risks and from both of those perspectives we could not be happier! I really have nothing but positive things to say about the experience and that is what my husband and I always wanted to be able to say from the very beginning of this journey. It has been three weeks since my surgery and the follow up care has been awesome as well!
I love that I now have the natural feminine look that I always have wanted! Thank you Dr. G and staff for making that happen without any complications!
Also, using homemade rice fillers were helpful so I could try different outfits on at home to determine if that was truely the look I wanted.
Reading other posting and looking at the before and after pictures were informative.
My health history was extensive and knowing I had a doctor that really took that information to heart also mattered. I did not want to go into elective surgery without addressing all the risks involved. I had to feel confident beforehand.
After much thought I decided to go with the 397 silicone implants, the size the doctor suggested was best for me, and have them placed under the muscle. I was aware the recovery would be more painful, but the pros of knowing a mammogram may be able to detect any future abnormalities easier, was a priority for me at this stage in my life.
The big day arrived and of course I was nervous as most are before any surgery. I have had several other kinds of surgeries in past and was prepared for some recovery time. I changed into my surgical clothes and was given a warm cozy robe to wear while I waited for my dreaded IV. I was very glad when that part was overwith, although it was really not unbearable, I just tend to hate needles in my body! The anesthesiologist then gave me something that dried my mouth out and that was a bit uncomfortable, but not for long, because I was taken into the surgical room and was waking up in recovery seemingly minutes later. In reality the procedure itself was a little less then an hour . My nurse Erin stayed with me the entire procedure which was comforting to know, as my husband waited for me in the waiting room.
When I awoke there was little discomfort, as if I had exercised a bit too much. Erin kindly brought something for me eat & drink as I waited to get ready to go home.
When we got home I was ready for rest and did sleep much of that day and the next. A recliner chair was great to sleep in since I love sleeping on my side and could not. The meds made me feel a bit nauseous and I did get sick to my stomach once during my recovery. Ice and pain meds were my friend for several days. The ice was helpful for weeks:) Yes, lots if ice really helps with the pain and swelling! My husband was a great help to me too! It helps to have someone with you for a few days or longer if possible.
I am not employed right now, but if I was I personally would not have been able to go back to work in 4 or 5 days like some postings state:-/ I suggest taking longer time off if you are able too.
Due to very little breast tissue to begin with I experienced a bit more irritation and swellimg. I also had broke several ribs in the past and I am sure the scar tissue from the past injuries did not help with my discomfort. There were only a few days that the pain level was the highest and I just did more as my body tolerated it. It is good to listen when your body gives you discomfort.
This Thursday 10/10/13 will be four weeks since my surgery and I am beginning to feel more like myself again.
I have not had any complications so far and have listened to my doctor's post surgical advice. I am giving my body the time it needs to heal. I still feel discomfort as if my skin is still stretching to make room for my new implants and still feel they are a bit high, so I am wearing my surgical bra as directed. I am hoping it won't be much longer and I will feel as if they were always a part of me~
Dr. Gutowski has been very professional, kind and caring from my first meeting with him! It has been all about my health and making sure I was happy with the results. His expertise was apparent from the consultation, through surgery and now through my follow up appointments! Highly recommend!!