Questions about out of town procedures
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Out of town patients
This is a very common situation seen with plastic surgery patients. Traveling for your breast augmentation or any other procedure for that matter can be a very good idea if you cannot find a surgeon you like or want to have operate on you near where you live. As for leaving the day of surgery, not likely ANY plastic surgeon in the US will be ok with this. The day after surgery, is POSSIBLE depending on the procedure and how the surgery went. Stitches can be of the dissolving type and usually are not a problem. Follow-up care after the procedure is usually a concern IF there is a problem/complication after you leave town. Some things to think about when choosing your surgeon and location to have your surgery performed. good luck
Out of town procedures
Traveling after surgery can be done within reason, but there are a few things to consider before making this choice. It is important the surgeon knows how far you live and that the two of you discuss a plan in case something unexpected happens. If your surgeon has a colleague near your hometown that he/she trusts with your follow up care you should arrange that beforehand. Some physicians would prefer that you see only your surgeon for all follow up care and are not available to see you if a complication arises. It's just easier if there is a backup plan in place.
Breast augmentation out of town
That is a great question. We have seen many patients from a distance who come to Boston for their breast augmentation. We would typically see you for a visit a month or more before surgery to discuss your case and perform a sizing appointment. Patients typically stay locally in a hotel the night before surgery. Surgery is performed as an outpatient at our local hospital-you are released an hour or so after surgery but need to be with a responsible adult. You would stay overnight again at a local hotel and we would check you in the office the next day. If all is well you could typically return home and plan to come back to see us around 6 weeks after surgery. The sutures dissolve on their own, but there are sometimes knots or small parts of the suture that gets exposed and needs to be removed at the 6 week mark. As in every case it is important to limit your lifting and activity for 6 weeks after surgery- the majority of problems that occur more than 24 hours after breast augmentation occur from a patient doing too much in the first 6 weeks. Most hematomas (bleeding after surgery) which are relatively rare but require a trip back to the operating room will occur the night of surgery but I have had 3 patients who strained 9-10 days after surgery ( one lifting a 15 lb baby) who developed a "late" hematoma and needed to return to the OR. So if you can follow the rules and "rest your breasts" after surgery for 6 weeks you should do fine. I would of course recommend that you see a board certified plastic surgeon, wherever you decide to go.
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Hi and thank you for your question. Each surgeon differs in their pre and post-operative instructions, but in general you can go home the day of surgery and follow-up within 1-2 weeks. Most sutures placed during surgery are absorbable, unless your surgeon uses drains. The use of drains may necessitate more visits postoperatively, but otherwise you will need only one to two. Good luck!
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Board Certified Plastic Surgery
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