I made it to the other side of the road today!!
17 Jun 2013
Day of treatment
Hello girls.....I was at hospital by 5:30, operation right on schedule @ 7:30, back in recovery at 9:15 & released at noon! Words can't describe how happy I am to have done this. Dr. Revis was a dream, so very nice & friendly, met my hubby prior to surgery & answered any questions I had. He took lots of pics of the removed implants. It's weird, they were soft & ruptured, but he showed me on the pictures where the capsule had calcium on it which had started to flake off, like paint, inside. He removed the capsules & spent a lot of time removing capsule & calcium bits, cleaned it all out. The left capsule with the leak in it, had a strange protusion at the bottom - Dr. Revis said it had, entangled itself with my muscles, making things grow together, distorting the left breast badly. No wonder stretching my left arm kind of hurt! From what I can see peeking down the top, I look small but there's a little cleavage, which I never had in my life....interesting! I don't need the pain pills at all this afternoon. Very little blood draining, so drains probably coming out on Thurs, they said. Pretty sure he did the cutting on the bottom side, not aerola. After the surgery, the only discomfort I had, aside from the giant Velcro wrap he's got going around my bod, was nausea, & a bit of pain...she gave me nausea stuff through a drip, as well as pain meds through the drip. Will update more on Thurs after the post-op. I'm starving...sending hubby out for loaded potato skins, which is what I feel like now. Earlier, all I wanted was tea & a banana....I am so, so, so happy with both the surgery, the doc, his office, and everyone's efficiency. I'm blessed!.....now will start collecting the paperwork & pics to send to Medicare to see if they'll pay for any of it.....I'm so happy I went with this surgeon, who is one of the top guys in FLorida, double-board certified, and Consumer's Research Council of America listed him as on of America's Top Surgeons. To me, he looked about 15, but then again I'm 66 so what do I know! Thank you, girls, for all the support....it's so comforting having those old bags out!!
This is what came out of me on Monday!
Hope I posted these ok....we'll see! Taken the 17th in the operating room. You can see inside the capsule where the calcium had built up over the implant.....and mine were soft! To think this is what we're ending up with....and the 'tail' on (my) left boob was where the leaky bit started to tangle with my muscle, tissue, implant, etc....my left scar won't be as neat as my right one, but that's due to the tangle...
Three weeks post op now!
Feeling much better, scars healing well, I'm still a bit sore - especially after working, having worn the tight sports bra for 5 hours, but soooo happy I did all this! Still massaging with the coconut oil, and next week I can start the ScarGuard. Left side underneath still a bit wonky-looking, but you can see from the 'tail' on one implant that he had to dig a bit to get it untangled from my tissue. Doesn't matter if it's not perfectly rounded, I'm very happy anyway. After having original implants for 35 years, it's so wonderful to have my soft, little boobs back! Good luck to everyone who is going to do this - totally worth it. Never too late...I'm 66 & still in good shape, luckily. Didn't want to live the last third of my life with the old ruptured bags inside me....PS said I didn't have a choice anyway, they had to come out. Happy girl!!
31 Dec 2013
6 months post
Ok girls, for those of us over 65, I finally got a reimbursement check last night, after 6 months. It wasn't a ton, $535, but better than nothing, for sure. Hopefully my supplement will do the other 20%. I got the form 1490S from Medicare.gov, and submitted the bill from my PS, with doctor's notes & the pics he took. They denied me twice, since he wasn't a Medicare doc (a lot of PS's aren't). However, a couple of you posted the codes, which I resubmitted in October, and I got the check yesterday. His total bill was $4750, including everything (hospital fee, anesthesiologist, etc) of which Medicare approved $681, so they sent me 80%. Just FYI, the code for an intact implant is 19328, and for ruptured was 19330. I looked them up on a Medicare code chart I found online. Once I resubmitted with the code, they paid up. A doc told me you could have your arm chopped off, but if there's no Medicare code next to the procedure, the computer can't process it. Anyway, I'm happy I got something! By the way, it's been 6 months now, I'm so very happy I had my 35 year old original implants removed, but I do kind of look saggy-baggy, but it's ok, Am sure I could have a revision to look perfect, or maybe they'll fill in, but small is good and it feels great to have real boobs again. Sports bras work wonders anyway. One of my nipples has yet to peek out, but that is fixable, and the bottom of the other boob still looks a bit odd, because the surgeon had to dig the implant out as it was attaching to tissues...anyway, I didn't have a choice, and it was a wonderful decision! Sorry for this long update, but I know the Medicare thing will interest some of you! Happy New Year!