I had my procedure on Tuesday and everything went well. It lasted all but approximately. 3hrs. I had 565cc implants placed.
OK so im well enough to give you all the complete run down of my surgery and aftermath.
Surgery Day: I arrived around 6am met Dr. Widder who directed me to pre-op area, marked my buttocks, took my before pictures and also started my IV. I was shocked, being a registered nurse, I have never had any physician start an IV before.
I then met with the anesthesiologist who gave me the 411 of the anesthesia. We agreed on the spinal tap.
During my procedure I was also given something to sleep but I did wake up a few times, and spoke to everyone which made me feel very relaxed. It lasted about 3hrs. I was then taken to the recovery area where I felt nauseous. The Nurse Nadine was so accommodating that she went to the vending area of the building to purchase me some ginger ale. It was also very weird not feeling my legs or standing for the first time after. The nurse Jo helped me to the bathroom, to get dressed, and then into the car.
During the ride to the hotel I started vomiting although I did take nausea medicine before leaving the office. The nausea and vomiting continued all night long. I forgot I had implants. I guess it was all mental that I was preoccupied with everything else going on. I did take the pain medicine twice during the night though.
Post op day 1: I woke up with excruciating stiffness to my neck. I couldn't stand to keep my head up. I had to lay flat for the pain to stop. I also had an appointment at 6am because I was leaving early for my 2.5hr drive home. When I arrived to the office it felt like the longest walk from the car to the office door with the stiff neck pain progressively getting worst. Still again my butt was fine. Pain/discomfort being diverted elsewhere. I spoke to Dr. Widder and shortly after the anesthesiologist arrived who explained to me that Im experiencing a spinal headache, and to correct it a epidural blood patch needed to be done. I was completely hesitant because the procedure was similar to the spinal tap. And I really didn't want anyone touching my back again.
Here is more information about what a spinal headache is:
I opted to wait for it to resolve on its own, hopefully in 24-48hrs while drinking fluids especially caffeinated beverages. I slept the entire way home, especially since I was up the entire night vomiting.
During the next 48hrs, the neck stiffness wasn't getting better, although I was drinking caffeine constantly and resting. I could only make it to the bathroom and back to the bed. I couldn't stand it!
I then spoke to the anesthesiologist (Dr. Robertson) who told me to come to his office and he will perform the epidural blood patch. At that point 48hrs later I agreed! Especially since I haven't had a chance to even examine, or admire my butt implant results. After the 2.5hr drive got to the office the procedure lasted about 15mins and before I stood up I felt the tightness in my neck released. It was like magic!
Here's more information about an epidural blood patch:
I got back home and took it easy because I didn't want to blood clot to be dislodged. But the following day I felt amazing. I was able to finally admire my butt! and take the last two pictured I posted. Im satisfied with my results!!!
As of today Im 1 week post op. Still have my 1 drain in. Minimal serous drainage, incision site looks fine and intact. Slight tightening around the implants when walking but not painful. Still on the road to healing.
It's been 1week and 3days today and im feeling great. No pain. Incision site clean and healing well. Drain was removed yesterd and the drain site is already smaller. im anxious to get back to the gym. Just taking it w easy... happily healing! !!!!
18 days post op
18 days post op and still feeling great! Drain site conpletely healed and the incision site looks clean with no sign of infection or opening noted. It felt so great to finally take a complete shower! As opposed to washing up!. I havr resumed all normal activities in moderation except for the gym & sex (lol) .... I can wait to work out but I did buy a waist trainer.
It's been 5wks as of yesterday. ..and im still feeling and looking great. ... I tried my best with the pictures. ... unfortunately I have no one to take them for me. Please feel free to inbox me if you have any questions.