I know that most posts on this site concern procedures/treatments/medications that make people more beautiful. I, on the other hand, needed a plastic/reconstructive surgeon for traumatic head, eye, and facial injuries.
I fell. I fell off an electric Razor scooter, truth be told. It had been in storage for a few years, I took it out and stood balancing sideways on it, never dreaming that it was still charged. The scooter took off one way, I went the other, and I literally fell on my face. I joked that "the cement broke my fall". That'll teach me!
Blessedly there was no TBI, but I was dazed and confused for days. My concussion took weeks to heal. My "fall" resulted in multiple lacerations on my face, nerve damage, multiple fractures of bones supporting and surrounding my eye, small muscles were crushed, and my vision, memory, and speech were affected. I fractured my skull (an open fracture - bone was sticking out of my forehead) and my eye socket was fractured.
The force from my fall caused one eyeball (from the fractured socket) to hit the lens of my glasses. My glasses cut my face, but had I not been wearing them, I would have lost my eye.
My vision was initially pretty bad. I was having not just double vision, but saw multiples, I couldn't look upwards, and I had a narrow field of (blurry) vision in that eye. I saw shadows and my eyes weren't symmetrical. I had orbital rim and orbital floor fractures. Nerves were severed and damaged. My teeth felt "fat" and numb, like at a dentist's office where you've been injected with Novocaine.
An ophthalmologist was called into the ER to examine and evaluate my eye. This specialist determined that I needed surgery to repair the broken bones. Dr. Kachenmeister performed surgery on my eye. He cleaned up and sutured my face, too.
Dr. Kachenmeister had the foresight (no pun intended!) and experience to reconstruct my orbital fractures through one of my lacerations (it was that deep), rather than make a surgical incision, which would produce another scar and itself need to heal. I doubt that an opthomologic surgeon would have ever thought to perform through a laceration. There wasn't anything ordinary or usual about my injuries or about my surgery. Dr. Kachenmeister removed bone fragments. He freed trapped eye muscles which helped to eliminate some of my double vision. He restored the normal architecture of my eye socket and repaired deformities of the eye rim that affected my appearance, and he used titanium mesh for orbital reconstruction.
I healed much faster and much better than I'd hoped to. I look like me.
On subsequent visits to Dr. Kachenmeister's office, I met his staff who are friendly yet professional. They run on time, yet I never felt rushed during my appointments. His office is lovely and private. In all my visits there, I think I only crossed paths with one other patient.
Dr. Kachenmeister is thorough, and he explains things well. He patiently answers questions, and he let me know exactly what to expect. He even gave me "timelines" so I had an idea of how I was progressing. The timelines gave me something to look forward to. I know we don't see doctors because they're nice, we choose our doctors based upon their skills, training, and competency. The bonus here is that Dr. Kachenmeister's all that, plus he's a genuine, down-to-earth, respectful, caring, and nice man.
Although "All the king's horses and all the king's men, couldn't put Humpty together again." Dr. Kachenmeister fixed me right up, unbelievably leaving just the tiniest scars, virtually unnoticeable to those unaware that I'd had an accident. If any of you are researching doctors for cosmetic procedures, I highly recommend Dr. Kachenmeister. Dr. Kachenmeister literally restored my face and my sight.
Elective procedures, particularly common cosmetic procedures, should be a breeze after performing emergency facial, including orbital, reconstruction. Most seeking cosmetic surgery wish to change something about themselves, whereas, I am so grateful that Dr. Kachenmeister gave back to me my face and eyesight. Dr. Kachenmeister is a gifted, brilliant surgeon.
Other healthcare providers:
Acupuncturist, Rita Zaides, LAc, MS, in Irvine. She helped with pain control, and there's no doubt in my mind that acupuncture helped me heal faster and minimized scarring. Rita's the acupuncturist for the Anaheim Ducks, so she's no stranger to treating concussions. I highly recommend Rita.
Neurologist Eleanora Spokony, MD, in Mission Viejo. She's the best neurologist in Southern California. She was very thorough, caring for my concussion and monitoring my progress. In fact it was she who referred me to Rita, my acupuncturist.
Finally, Opthomologist Omar Krad, MD, also in Mission Viejo, a Neuro-Opthomologist, did my aftercare for my vision. I never needed to wear prisms, nor did I need subsequent surgeries for my vision. He's great.
Too, each were very impressed with and complimentary about Dr. Kachenmeister. So am I!