I am 42, 5'2" and currently 140 lbs. I am a 32 HH....
I am 42, 5'2" and currently 140 lbs. I am a 32 HH. I have met with an ANP and she took my measurements and has submitted all of the paperwork and photos to my insurance. I have CIGNA, and I have heard that they are difficult to get approval from. Of course, she said that we could appeal if I get denied, so I am already planning for that. I suffer from chronic shoulder, neck, and back pain. I have been going to a chiropractor for about two months now, it gives some relief, but it is only temporary. I am still waiting to hear back from her. She did say that it could take a couple of months before she hears anything back from them. I saw her Feb. 24. I really hope that I get approved for this. I am so sick and tired of being in pain all of the time.
Just Checking In
I have tried calling the ANP that I saw and I still have not heard anything back yet. I guess she has not heard anything from the insurance company. It has been six weeks since I saw her, so I guess I will give her a couple more weeks before I try again. I am getting really edgy waiting to hear something back from her. My regular practitioner wrote a letter of recommendation, and I think that maybe she did too. She did tell me that she thought that I was an excellent candidate for the surgery since I didn't have any other serious health problems and the weight of my breasts were causing poor posture and that they were too big for my frame, not to mention the pain that I'm in constantly. I'm really hoping that I don't have to jump through any hoops for the insurance company, but I will do what I have to do to get them to pay for it.
I still have not heard anything back yet. This is really starting to get aggravating. I'm going to call my insurance company myself and see what is going on. I plan on doing that tomorrow during my lunch break. There is a rumor going around that we may be switching insurance companies in July. We might be going to BC/BS. I wonder if they will be any better to deal with. I won't get an appointment with a PS until insurance approves it.
Finally found out what's going on
Well, I called my insurance company and what they told me did not make me happy. They told me that they never received anything from the Dr.'s office! I was SO upset. But I'm trying to look at it like a blessing in disguise. When I went for my initial consult I had just started going to my chiropractor. I talked to a really nice lady that handles all of the precertification work and she told me to get all of my records and x-rays from my chiropractor. She said that as soon as she gets it she will submit it to my insurance. Now I have been going to the chiropractor for about 2 1/2 months now. I have an appointment tomorrow so I will pick everything up then and get it faxed/mailed. I read that CIGNA requires you to have physical therapy - does anyone know if going to a chiropractor could count towards that?
I received a message today from Angel, the lady that handles the certification paperwork for the insurance companies. She received everything in the mail and sent everything off to CIGNA. She said that it shouldn't take too long to hear back from them. I'm going to be waiting on pins and needles! But from what I've heard about them, it wouldn't surprise me if I got denied the first time. It's okay though, I'll fight them until I get it. I will not give up. Watch out CIGNA!!!
I am finally approved for my BR surgery! I am so excited. I'm already thinking of all of the things that I need to do to prepare the house, and myself, before surgery. There is so much to do! Right now I have a tentative date of September 23. I am supposed to hear back from the hospital today to confirm the date and to also give me a time for the surgery. I was initially denied, then I wrote a letter to my insurance company. I received my approval letter yesterday.
Pre Op Appointment Set
My doctor's office called and gave me the date and time of my pre op appointment. It is on September 10. That is just around the corner! After that it will be only two weeks before surgery. I am SO excited. This is going to be a late birthday present for me since my b-day is the 7th.
Now Just Counting Down The Days
I had to go and meet with the HR person for my FMLA leave. I have to give my PS a paper to fill out when I go to my pre-op appointment on the 10th. I had to chuckle to myself when I noticed the HR lady glancing down at my chest and trying not to be noticed. Thank goodness I have a long weekend ahead of me. We will be closed Monday for the holiday so I'm hoping that I can finish up the things that I need to do around the house. When I return to work on Tuesday, it will be exactly three weeks before the big day! I can hardly wait!!!
6 More Days!
Wow, I can't believe it. Only 6 more days! The nerves have started setting in of course, lol. I still have a little bit to do around the house. Luckily I will have a lot of help post-op. I just worry about my fiancee because he is disabled and he is going to have a lot put on him. His dad is having hip replacement surgery the day before I have my surgery. His mom will be there to help too, but she can only do so much. I'm more worried about him than myself. My back has been reminding me lately why I've wanted this for so long. It hurts SO bad! I was going to skip my last chiropractor's appointment, but I may have to keep it.
Finally On The Other Side!
It has been exactly one month since my surgery. Everything has went well, no complications. I did have an allergic reaction to the antibiotics that were given to me, but I expected that. The recovery period is still a little rough. I still get tired very easily and I am a little sore and tender on the sides. Righty is hyper-sensitive while lefty still has no feeling. My surgeon told me that it could take up to six months before I get any sensation, if I get any at all, lol. I'm not worried about it because before surgery I didn't have any at all. I tell people that I have one high beam and one low beam. They crack up when I say that. I would do it all over again if I had too. I absolutely LOVE my results! They are full, firm, and perky! I can say that it is totally WORTH IT!!
My Surgery Day
I just wanted to tell how the day of my surgery went. Of course, I did not sleep too much that night, too excited, lol. My surgery was scheduled for 8:00 a.m. so I had to be at the hospital by 6:10. I was up by 2:00 and took my shower and made sure that I had everything that I needed for my overnight stay. I had to feed our dog and give her her insulin, after that we were ready to go at 5:15. It only took 45 minutes to get to the hospital - normally takes about an hour. I get checked in and was taken back at 6:35. A nurse came in and took an extensive history. She numbed me before putting the IV in, which was nice because I'm a big baby when it comes to needles. Then the anesthesiologist came in and talked to me. At about 7:30 Dr. Damitz came in and done her markings and took some more pictures. I was also introduced to everyone that would be in the operating room with her - her assistants, the nurses, etc. Everyone was super nice and made me feel very comfortable. Next thing I know, the anesthesiologist assistant came in and gave me my "happy juice". She told me that it would make me a "little" sleepy. It hit me like a ton of bricks and the next thing I know I was in recovery! I was really hoping to be able to talk and joke in the operating room before being put under. The first thing I said when I woke up was, "I feel flat-chested." I remembering smiling to myself when I said that because that was something that I knew that I couldn't say before. My fiancee was there when I woke up and we talked for a few minutes before he had to leave to make sure our little dog got her second dose of insulin on time. I was still pretty groggy from the anesthesia anyway. I dozed off again and then was being woke up to be put in my bed in the short stay unit where I had my surgery. I was treated like a queen! They elevated the head of my bed and placed a pillow under each arm, being very careful of my drains. The only thing I didn't like was having the compression cuffs on my legs. They made me hot and made it harder for me to sleep, but I knew they had to keep them on there to prevent blood clots. My throat was a little sore from the intubation, but it wasn't too bad. I was given ginger ale and some saltine and honey graham crackers to munch on. A little later the nurse came in and asked if I was hungry, I told her that I was a little. She then asked if I would like some chicken noodle soup and I said yes. Even though my throat wasn't that sore, it was still a little difficult to get food down. I was checked on every few hours - temperature and blood pressure taken and if my drains needed emptying that was done also. I was given a very nice supper, but could barely eat it. I wanted to get up and walk around, but they told me that I had to wait until morning, had to wait until more of the anesthesia had worn off and that I was fully awake. That morning they came in and took the cuffs off so that I could walk around, which felt really great. I wasn't in any real pain, just felt some discomfort which the pain meds took care of. I was given a really good breakfast too, most of which I could not eat because of my throat. I then watched a little TV then the next thing I know my doctors assistant came in to look at me and they put me in a surgical bra - until then I was in an ace bandage with a lot of gauze. They showed me how to empty my drains and gave me my discharge instructions. My fiancee had arrived and I was ready to go. The trip home wasn't bad, I had a pillow to put between my chest and seatbelt. By the time we got there, I was exhausted and immediately went to sleep on the couch. I had to go back the next day to have my drains removed, which didn't hurt, and my steri strips were changed. All I can say is that I am so thankful that I could have this surgery. This is the best thing that could have happened to me!
Had Post Op Appointment Yesterday
20 Nov 2014
2 months post
I went for another post op appointment yesterday. My surgeon is really happy with the way everything is healing. There were some stitches that had started coming through so they were trimmed. I go back again next month. She said as long as everything is still looking good then I won't have to come back for three months. I'm not sure yet, but I may have to get a small revision done. My breast are close together, which causes a rash where it stays warm and moist. I am having to keep a piece of gauze between my breasts to absorb moisture. I still get a rash occasionally even with the gauze there. I know that I still have a long way to go with my healing. I hope that they will eventually space out some, but if they don't I know that she is willing to fix it.
I'm Still Amazed
This surgery has been so life-changing for me. I can now exercise without ending up in excruciating pain, my boobs no longer touch the counter tops in my house when I take my bra off, and going braless is FANTASTIC!! The swelling is now totally gone and they have softened and settled nicely, although I know that they have not really taken their final shape yet. My scars are doing wonderful. I do get some places that get tender where the stitches have dissolved and are trying to come through, but nothing that really bothers me. I saw my surgeon the 17th of December and she was so happy and impressed with how everything was looking that I don't have to go back until June! I will probably find out then if I will have to get a small revision done to get some separation between my breasts so I don't get rashes anymore. I look at myself in the mirror sometimes and still can't believe that the boobs I now have actually belong to me! It's an amazing change for me, and I have absolutely no regrets. I feel like a totally different person now that I don't have constant pain that I'm dealing with every day. I love the new me!!
What's Going On With Lefty?
17 Mar 2015
6 months post
I had my physical a couple of weeks ago, and now I have a large lump at the top of my left breast - the lump was found during my exam. I called my PS and she ordered me to have a mammogram. It does not hurt or feel hot to the touch. She said that it sounds like it may be fat necrosis :( I go and have my mammogram done next Friday the 27th. However it turns out, I still do not regret having this surgery. It has changed my life for the better and I would not change it for anything.
30 Mar 2015
6 months post
My mammogram came out just fine! No necrosis! I was really happy to hear that. The doctor done an ultrasound also and said it was just fat and fibrous tissue. I hope it eventually works itself out. I don't see my surgeon again until June.
8 Months Post Op
27 May 2015
8 months post
Hi every one. It is hard to believe that 8 months have gone by since my surgery. I go back to see my PS the 24th of next month. I may have to get a small revision to get some separation in between my breasts. I will find out when I see her. I am still amazed at my results. I actually bought a strapless dress! When I tried it on I almost cried because I couldn't wear clothes like that before. My girls are absolutely gorgeous - at least they are to me. If I ever get the chance to post some pics I will. I can't wait until my visit and see the expression on my doctor's face. I know she is going to be very happy with her handy work.
My Final Visit With My Surgeon
25 Jun 2015
9 months post
I had my final visit with my surgeon yesterday. Since I had no major complications and everything had healed so nicely, she let me go. She took some final pictures before I left. It made me kind of sad that this was my last visit. She has just been so wonderful throughout this whole process. She told me that I was one of the happiest and easiest patients that she had ever had and that she enjoyed having me as a patient. No revision is necessary like I thought it might be, which I am happy about. I know that my journey is far from over though. My scars still have to fade some more and I still have to get to my final shape. These past 9 months since my surgery has been so life-changing for me. It is hard for me to believe that it has been that long. I know that if I ever undergo another surgery to improve myself, Dr. Damitz is the one that I am going to. She is just absolutely terrific!!!!!