Surgery done 2/25 - Back in for cleaning/restitching 3/18

Well, today I had my consult with the plastic...

Well, today I had my consult with the plastic surgeon. I am 40 years old and have been thinking of getting my breasts reduced for many years. I am 5'6" and 152 lbs. I have lost about 25 lbs in the last year, with no change to my breasts. I have had back and neck pain for years and spent countless $$$ on massage. I did also do PT for my back a few years ago and am currently doing PT for my shoulder. I wear a 42 DD bra, but have never been fitted properly, so I am very likely a smaller band size and a G cup or more. :-/ The dr. Is talking about taking me down to a C cup. I think I may ask for a small D/ full C. He gives me an 85% chance of insurance approval. I should know in 2-6 weeks. I feel so brave and empowered that I am actually pursuing this option.

Surgery done yesterday, now I am sitting in the...

Surgery done yesterday, now I am sitting in the hospital waiting for breakfast. I have only taken three pain pills so far. It really doesn't hurt too badly. Maybe I have a high pain tolerance. I don't know. The surgery itself took about three hours, started at 8:30am and I was in my hospital room, semi-coherent by 1pm. I had general anesthesia, and so my throat is sore from the breathing tube. Other than that, no bad side effects except intense itching, which I didn't know was a side effect of general anesthesia. Benadryl took care of it though. I've had some IV fluids and antibiotics, and I have drain tubes in. My chest feels tight and swollen, and is encased in a surgical bra. The pain is more of an ache, with stinging along the stitches I guess. I haven't seen anything except gauze and the bra. Supposed to get out of here today, s I'll post more later.

Tomorrow I see the dr. for my first follow up. I...

Tomorrow I see the dr. for my first follow up. I assume the drains will come out. I don't know if the stitches will yet. I have had very little pain from this surgery. I'd heard it was quite painful, but I can lift my arms, move freely, just about everything. I am trying to take things slowly to to compromise my recovery, but I feel really good. I'll post more tomorrow after my follow up visit.

I just got back from having my drains and stitches...

I just got back from having my drains and stitches taken out. It didn't really hurt, a few stings here and there for the stitches and the drains didn't hurt at all. I am a little itchy right now and a little feeling like I want to treat these ladies like glass bubbles for a while! I can take a shower now, which is awesome. I was given some betamethasone cream for the scars and also told to put petroleum gelee (given to me by the dr.) over that, starting next week. I have a little bleeding/drainage from the drain spots and some stitches. Next follow up is in three months.

Forgot to add that I asked and found that I had...

Forgot to add that I asked and found that I had 650 grams removed total (about 1.5 lbs.). Wow!

So, I just found out today that I will need to...

So, I just found out today that I will need to have my right vertical and the connection part of the anchor cleaned out and restitched on Monday. It has not healed up correctly. No infection that I can feel, but the incision is full of yellow slough, and it won't heal well without intervention. So, same day surgery on Monday. Sigh. And I have to sneak in a quick new, pre-op since mine will be 34 days, not under 30. And this was a complete last minute surprise to me, I mean, it needs to be done, but trying to get ready for all this on a Friday for a Monday surgery is a pain. I am glad I am not working right now, so I have the ability to do this.

Holy cow. Just saw the hospital bill and updated...

Holy cow. Just saw the hospital bill and updated my total. Thank goodness for insurance.

I saw Dr. Rucker for a birthmark removal and that's when I started thinking of the reduction. He doesn't talk very much, I guess I'd call him taciturn, but all instructions were written down and he did a BEAUTIFUL job.

4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
4 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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