I am the type of person who does a lot of research. I went on four consultations. But I knew immediately, when I met Dr. Christopoulos, that I had found the doctor for me. She was very open, warm and thorough. As she examined me, she explained, in detail what she was doing and what needed to be done. A few days after meeting her, I had some questions and she called me and we talked on the phone. I really appreciated that she took the time out of her busy schedule to call me. I called and scheduled my procedure - Bilaterial Breast Lift/Reduction of Right Breast and Tummy Tuck with Liposuction. She also did Liposuction on the sides of my Breasts. I had the surgery at an out patient Surgery Center. My pre-op went well. All final questions were answered, prescriptions given and all final consent forms signed. The doctor took my before pictures (which I will put up, when I figure out how). I did get approval from my general doctor. I also had a MRI of both breasts because breast cancer, runs in my family. As the day approached my nerves were running high. I kept myself busy with preparing food and my home, for recovery. As I stated, I do a lot of research so I was very prepared for the recovery. The night before, I don't think I slept much. We had to be at the Surgery Center at six a.m. for a seven a.m. surgery. The Surgery Center was also very good. I filled out my medical history on-line, several weeks before the procedure. They called and went over everything and answered any questions or concerns I had. The day before in the a.m. they called with my arrival time. Once I got there, things went really fast. I don't think I waited more than five minutes before being called back. My hubby brought me and they let him come back after I was all prepped. I never had anesthesia before. This was one of the things I was most nervous about. They were all wonderful. Everything was explained. They gave me additional medications, because I get motion sickness and nausea. The doctor showed up and marked me up with "sharpies" and off we went. She chatted as she marked me up to keep me calm. They wheeled me into the surgical site and that is the last thing I remember:) The surgery was around four hours. I did not get sick afterwards but was very sleepy. I don't remember much about coming home. I lived very close to the surgical center which was a bonus.
My recovery has been remarkably easy. I took a total of eight pain pills. Never had a constipation problem. After the first night I could get up by myself to go to the bathroom. My throat was very dry for the first couple of days. I drank tons of water. After three days, I switched to Tylenol. I really haven't needed many though. I came home with two drains. One was removed seven days after and the other one fifteen. They really didn't both me too much. I came home in a surgical bra and abdominal wrap. They have provided me with all my post surgical garments, which is great so I didn't have to think of what to buy and the sizing. The next morning I had to go downtown (50 minutes) to see doctor. Wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I slept most of the way there. She unwrapped everything - said it all looked good, bandaged me back up and gave information to me and hubby on what to do/expect for the next week or so. This is one of the things I like about Dr. Niki. I felt like she only gives you enough information to get you through the next period of healing. I really appreciated this because I never felt overwhelmed by information. I saw her a week later and so on.
The only things I needed was an electric recliner. I believe this really helped with my recovery. I slept in it for the first three weeks until I felt ready to sleep in my bed. I was in really good shape before the surgery which I think helped too. I never used a walker. I do use a grabber stick for things I can't reach and picking things up that I seem to drop on the floor. I prepared low sodium soups for the first few days. I didn't have much of an appetite the first few weeks. I am down ten pounds from the day of surgery. All my jeans and pants are already to big on me:) I eat a pretty low sodium diet which I think helps with the swelling. I do have swelling, more towards the end of the day, but I don't feel it is a big issue. I also had the support of my family. My husband waited on me hand and foot for the first week. I am know 4 1/2 week post op and he still waits on me:) I have started to drive (around town only). Feeling comfortable with that. From the day after surgery, I walked every hour, if not more around my house. Within a week I was walking outside for ten to fifteen minutes, a few times a day. Starting at week four I have been walking on a treadmill for twenty minutes everyday. I feel like my old-self, except I get tired still, but that gets better everyday.
I had two c-sections and I felt my c-sections were harder to recover than this. I have twitches, little electric shocks, etc but no real pain. My biggest issue is "boredom". I am very active and it has been hard to sit still. I have an entire basket of magazines and books to keep my mind occupied.
I am loving my results!! They are incredible and I am very confident that they will continue to change and improve over the coming months. I'm excited to see the final result. I believe my recovery and pain level are all due to the fact that I picked the right doctor. My hats off to Dr. Christopoulos. I only wished I would have done this sooner....