Goodbye Capsular Contracture - United Kingdom
- updated 1 year ago
I had silicone implants 16 years ago, and for the...
- 23 May 2012
- 4 months pre
I had silicone implants 16 years ago, and for the past 18 months or so they have become more and more uncomfortable and causing me physical pain on a daily basis. I visited my GP as the private clinic that I had the implants at had no records of me, and to be honest really did not want to talk to me. Once I had explained the situation to my GP and told him about the pain that I was in he agreed to refer me to a consultant for explant surgery.
Today I saw a consultant and he examined me, got me to lift my arms up in the sitting and laying postion and he examined my breasts and made me flinch in pain a few times! (he did apologise). He said that it looked as if I had capsular contracture and that he would need to run a few tests to check my breasts. I had a mammogram for the first time (it was no way near as bad as my mum made it sound, she complained like they had caught her nipple in a bulldog clip!)
Once my mammogram was done the consultant said that he would need to send me for an MRI scan to check that he was not missing anything and he would see me in 8 weeks for a follow up - he said that I need to see him as he is the most specialised with implants. So now I need to sit tight and wait for the MRI date to come through and then see him again in 8 weeks. I really hope he says that he will remove both the implant and the capsule, a part of me was hoping that today would have been a case of me telling him that they hurt and him saying "okay, lets make a date for their removal". I know that he needs to run tests, but part of me is really worried that he won't explant even though my GP had referred me for explant surgery.
It is just a waiting game for me now, but I seriously cannot wait to have my implants removed - I have spent 16 years being self consious and covering them up and the past year and a half in pain. I just want them gone.
I have been worrying a lot today. Thinking back to...
- 24 May 2012
- 4 months pre
Had my MRI scan today, it went fine but was a bit...
- 3 Jul 2012
- 2 months pre
My follow up appointment is with my consultant...
- 24 Jul 2012
- 2 months pre
I have also been driving myself crazy researching online and one women said that the NHS gave a 9 to 12 month waiting time for the removal of her ruptured implant. I know that they have been in 16 years so another year is not the end of the world, but now I want them removed I want it NOW.
Just added some photos, they look huge in extreme...
- 24 Jul 2012
- 2 months pre
Had my consultant appointment today. The MRI...
- 27 Jul 2012
- 2 months pre
The good news is that I have been added to a waiting list for my surgery, he has agreed to remove the implants. I was disappointed that he said that he would remove and replace more quickly if I went to him as a private patient. I told him that I did not want replacements and I would just have the removal. He then said stuff like, are you sure, you are young, i dont wish to put you off..... etc. I was firm that I wanted them removed only and that I did not care about big boobs anymore.
So I just need to wait for my date to come through now - he said it will be a couple of months as I am not going private..... I am super excited!
My impatience got the better of me today and I...
- 6 Aug 2012
- 1 month pre
She said that I would have my explant by the middle of September at the latest - which is awesome!! but she also asked if once my pre-op is done whether I could come in at short notice if they have a cancellation ... Hell Yeah Baby! She has amended my details to show that I will come in at short notice (at least 24 hours will be given)... I told her if it wasnt for the general anaesthetic she could give me 1 hours notice! lol.
So my explant will be any time between 17 August and 21 September, I am so super excited that I am one step closer to getting my warm flat chested boobies back. No more cold, hard implant boobies with permanently erect nipples, no more pain, no more wearing a dress size 2 times larger on my top half than on my bottom half. I can't wait, and do not care if I am left with two empty flaps for boobs, I will be free at last x
Great news! I have received my date for my...
- 5 Sep 2012
- 4 days pre
I admit that I am a bit worried about the general anesthetic, but other than that I am calm and ready for my new small boobies.
Hello all, I am all done. I have been moved from...
- 9 Sep 2012
- Day of treatment
Thank you all for your messages, I appreciate it...
- 10 Sep 2012
- 1 day post
I had to get to the hospital early on Sunday morning and was feeling suprisingly calm whilst I waited to be call in for the pre op paperwork. After I had been measured up for support stockings and changed into my gown I was walked to the anaesthetist who was lovely - he chatted away to me as he prepared the canula before injecting in the anaesthetic and then within a few seconds I was "drunk" then a few deep breaths from a mask and I was gone. The next thing I knew I was in the recovery area (op took 1 and a half hours) - I had been dreaming and the anaesthetist joked that he was a dream weaver. My surgeon popped over to say that he had performed a partial capulectomy on each side and scored the remaining capsule and cut 'islands' in it. I queried why he had not taken it all and he said that there was no need. After a drink of water and then a cup of tea I was taken up onto the ward...... I felt great, Morphine is a thing of beauty!! Sadly I was not allowed it for long and was moved onto diplofenic and paracetamol (boo).
I managed to eat some dinner and drank loads of water as my throat was dry and croaky - a downside to all that drinking was carting the drip and drains with me every time i need a wee. I had a poor night sleep as the hospital was fairly noisy at night, but the pain was manageble with just paracetamol and it was only the noise keeping me awake.
I have had the drains and canula out today and was discharged. Getting the drains out did not hurt at all - she 'depressured' them for about an hour then took swabs, pulled them out and cleaned and redressed the wound. The nurse said not to wear a bra, but I felt uncomfortable on the journey home and after a shower I managed to put on a sports bra (the waist band is below the incisions so I don't think I am doing any harm) - i feel better not feeling every single jiggle.
My right nipple is a bit collapsed and both insisions are sore (i am also due on my period so my boobs are uncomfy due to that as well! lol). However. I am on the road to recovery now, onwards and upwards. I have posted pics of 24 hours after explant.
Big love to you ladies xx
7 days post explant now, and still feeling pretty...
- 16 Sep 2012
- 7 days post
I am finding it very difficult sleeping on my back, I can't wait until I am allowed to sleep on my side again. I did try laying on my side and it was far too uncomfortable so went straight onto my back again. I also need to remember that I am not supposed to reach out or stretch to pick things up, my boobs give me a sharp reminder if I over stretch.
As for actual changes, my boobs seem to be getting smaller this week (I suppose that the swelling is going down so they appear smaller). My right nipple is still caved in and my left one is starting to go that way too when I am sitting down, I am guessing that is because of scar tissue forming and pulling them in a bit. When I am allowed to massage them I will certainly give that a go. I do look a lot better in my clothes than I did with the implants, tops fall better and that makes me look slimmer which is a bonus!
I have added a few pics taken this morning xx
Added some photos of the incisions after I have...
- 17 Sep 2012
- 8 days post
Hello all Sorry I have not posted for a while,...
- 31 Oct 2012
- 1 month post
Sorry I have not posted for a while, I have been reading others posts every day but taking a back seat.
I am now 8 weeks post explant and they are looking fine but a visit from the fluff fairy would be appreciated. I overstretched a bit yesterday and I now have a pain in my left boob, I need to remember that although I feel fine I am still healing.
I have put up some new photos for you to see.
Big hugs xx