I realize that when I began my review, I was post-op, so never really gave an account of the surgery, and immediate aftermath. My approval process went fairly easily, I went in last September, and was denied by the insurance at first because the PS office forgot to include photos. Upon resubmission, along with a letter from the chiropractor, I was approved by the end of October, 2013. Unfortunately, the PS was unable to get me in until January of 2014, and I was not willing to do that since my $11,000 deductible was met in 2013. In December of 2013, I was told I needed a hysterectomy due to my prolapsing uterus and periods every 2-1/2 weeks. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get that surgery in until January of 2014 either, so my deductible for 2014 was also met (YIKES that's a chunk of change). The insurance company gave an extension on the breast reduction until April 8th, so I had my hysterectomy on February 19th, and the breast reduction on April 1st. My body has been put through the ringer.
My breast reduction surgery went well. I have a history of severe nausea and vomiting after anesthesia. I have tried the scopolamine patches, and every combination of anti-nausea the anesthesiologist can give me. Unfortunately, I ended up with a migraine and severe nausea and vomiting after this one as well. I worried I would pull a stitch, but all was well.
My PS had me wrapped tightly with drains for six days following surgery. I had to spend the night in the hospital, which was fine since I couldn't stop throwing up. When I left the hospital, a was at about 10cc of drainage, and that quickly tapered off to 5cc (within a day), and soon to minute amounts. I didn't find the ride home especially uncomfortable, maybe because my wrap was so tight.
Once home, I was unable to shower, so I tried as best I could to sponge and clean up that way. My husband washed my hair on Saturday, so four days after the surgery. I have been paranoid about pulling a stitch, but have really had no issue with arm strength. At that point I was trying not to reach, but still dried and styled my hair - what vanity. I also began light housework within three days. With three children, two dogs, a cat and several other pets, there's so much to keep up with, and I can't stand it getting too bad. I should also say that for the first two nights I used oxycodone, then only Tylenol. I did feel a little dizzy for at least a week, maybe longer following surgery. Additionally, I had a lot of bloating and constipation for at least two weeks, I still don't feel100% in that regard.
My surgery was on Tuesday, April 1st, and I went to have the drains removed on Monday, April 7th. The PS was out of the office, so his assistant removed the drains. I had been prepared for some discomfort during this procedure, based on others stories, but I honestly never felt it. She told me to take a breath in, and I expected her to pull it out when I breathed out, but it was already out - both sides, equally uneventful. At that point, she put my bra on, so I never even got a look at my breasts, except to look down at them - they were hard, high and perky! When I did look at them at home, I was a little shocked - such a difference. But, I was also pleased because they seemed to have a nice shape right from the start. The PS has me in bra 24-7 for four weeks (I will be going to see him right at my 4 week date, so hopefully I'll be able to use a different bra, and perhaps take it off for sleeping).
I think the biggest issue I have had post-surgery, is that I definitely get fatigued. I am almost up to four weeks, and yesterday I just hit a wall in the middle of the afternoon. I'm hoping my stamina will return soon, I hate dragging myself around like this. My incisions look great, and I had very little bruising throughout the process. I have had some discomfort, but nothing unbearable. I continue to worry about the incisions opening, so I have been trying to watch myself (although I have lifted too much on more than one occasion). This too has been challenging since I live in WI, and we had an extremely torcherous winter. Now that the weather is improving ever so slightly, I would love to get out and do some yard work, but I don't think that's advisable yet.
So, that's my back-story. Mine has been pretty uneventful, and I pray it stays that way!