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Surgery => Surgery Preparation => Topic started by: slyblackdragon on January 02, 2008, 02:58:53 PM

Title: Finally Taking the Plunge
Post by: slyblackdragon on January 02, 2008, 02:58:53 PM
Well, I did it. I now have a surgery date set for 1/16. I got my money through Care Credit and as soon as I get my hard copy I am going to get all my bloodwork done and get prepared. I am extremely nervous as well as excited to get this over and done with. I hope I will be healed enough to go to the beach in May or June and finally be happy with myself. I am ready to be able to wear fitted T-shirts again! I would like to keep everyone update on my progress but am a little unsure about what part of the forum to put a "journal" as such in...

Anyways, heres some pre-op pics so me and everyone else can say their last goodbyes!
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a182/Slyblackdragon/January%202%202008/2008_0102kitchen0027.jpg)
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a182/Slyblackdragon/Gyno%20Check/DSCF0484.jpg)
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a182/Slyblackdragon/January%202%202008/2008_0102kitchen0029.jpg)
Title: Re: Finally Taking the Plunge
Post by: moobius on January 16, 2008, 06:49:26 PM
congrats on getting things lined up for surgery like you want!

look forward to seeing the afters
Title: Re: Finally Taking the Plunge
Post by: slyblackdragon on January 16, 2008, 09:00:11 PM
Well I am back. It has been about 6 hours since surgery. No real pain yet, but I am sure that will wear off. Everything went very smoothly. The worst part about it all was waking up after surgery, I felt like crap for quite a long time.

I arrived for surgery at about 11:45 a.m. and after signing in was asked to come back into the prep room. There I had pre-op pics taken and put on my gown. The anaesthesioligist came in and talked to me for a while about how he would anaesthesize me. We got to talking about the weather, it was hailing outside. After that Dr. Hedden came in and drew on me and walked me through the procedure one more time. Then the anaesthesiologist came back in and gave me some injections and set me on the IV drip. I walked into the surgery room and lay on the table. He then added the anaesthesia to my IV drip and before I could wink at the nurse I was out. I woke up at who knows what time, (I think it was around 2:30), wearing my compression vest. I dressed myself and sat there for about another hour or so until I was able to stand on my own power. I came directly home and took a nap too sleep off the anaesthesia, and here I am!

I can tell I have some amount of bruising already and that this vest is going to get on my nerves...but I have done it!


Title: Re: Finally Taking the Plunge
Post by: slyblackdragon on January 16, 2008, 09:00:58 PM
Good for you man! Keep us posted. I'd love to hear some details if you're comfortable (I'm also thinking about surgery) - Doctor, price...etc... good luck!
Cost was $3700 dollars and was done by Dr. Hedden of Birmingham, AL.
Title: Re: Finally Taking the Plunge
Post by: KryptoKnight on January 17, 2008, 10:46:01 AM
Your case was almost identical to mine.  I didn't even need lipo because my DR noticed that I didn't really have any fat on my chest.  Just some muscle and gland. 

First few days suck, but give it a week and you'll feel great.
Title: Re: Finally Taking the Plunge
Post by: slyblackdragon on January 17, 2008, 11:14:02 AM
Well I am about to go for my first day post-op visit, I assume to have my bandages removed. A little sore today but nothing extreme. I don't even need my painkillers, but I do take them before bed. I will post again when I get back from the doctor.
Title: Re: Finally Taking the Plunge
Post by: slyblackdragon on January 18, 2008, 07:28:13 PM
Not sure how many times I need to go back. Dr. Hedden seems to want to see me quite often as I have another follow up next week. I really like that though, he seems to genuinely care about how well I am healing.
Title: Re: Finally Taking the Plunge
Post by: KryptoKnight on January 18, 2008, 09:41:40 PM
Not sure how many times I need to go back. Dr. Hedden seems to want to see me quite often as I have another follow up next week. I really like that though, he seems to genuinely care about how well I am healing.

Yup within 3 weeks  had 2 follow ups, and it's great that the doc would actually like to see my progress rather than just shun me away.
Title: Re: Finally Taking the Plunge
Post by: slyblackdragon on January 18, 2008, 09:45:29 PM
How long ago did you have your operation? I am 2 days post op with a little swelling. If I tap my chest around there surgical site I can hear a hollow "knock", I assume that is the swelling. Right now I have no definition to my chest, feels like he removed my pecs...lol. I guess the swelling just obstructs what is really there. Only have one or two small bruises as well. Also, I can't get over how small the incisions are. They are only about 1/2 inch long, which had me worried until he assured me that he excised about a silver dollars worth of gland from each side. Do you have a link to your story by the way?
Title: Re: Finally Taking the Plunge
Post by: KryptoKnight on January 18, 2008, 11:25:10 PM
No story for me, I'm going to hold out on that, I'm only 10 days post op.  I'm going to wait a month or so to write my story and get the pics from my doc (hopefully I'll remember in a month)

I had some pain in the ass swelling first few days.  I still have some, but it's not so bad.  I was very impressed with my doc's work on my nips, they look perfect, even a few days post op.  I barely had any fat, so the gland was the only problem I had. 

My doc took out about 2 ping pong ball sized glands, he said it was a decent amount, but he def didn't take out to much which makes me very happy.

Def feels good to be on the other side, with good results.
Title: Re: Finally Taking the Plunge
Post by: slyblackdragon on January 18, 2008, 11:47:46 PM
Yeah, I am waiting patiently to see how mine resolves. Just took a peek and the swelling has gone down some more already. Nips are a little better, mostly loose at the moment. I hope they tighten up with time. If I can't get back to the gym soon it will be the first time my belly sticks out farther than my chest  ;D, but that I can deal with!
Title: Re: Finally Taking the Plunge
Post by: KryptoKnight on January 19, 2008, 12:07:41 AM
Hehe right on.
Title: Re: Finally Taking the Plunge
Post by: Jahshua on January 19, 2008, 02:13:49 AM
good luck, bro. I wish you the best! let me know when you make it to the beach. I live in gaveston. maybe some day we can laugh about gyne while we sip on some brews as we watch the hot bodies walk along the seawall! lmao  8)
Title: Re: Finally Taking the Plunge
Post by: Jahshua on January 19, 2008, 02:16:43 AM
Well I am back. It has been about 6 hours since surgery. No real pain yet, but I am sure that will wear off. Everything went very smoothly. The worst part about it all was waking up after surgery, I felt like crap for quite a long time.

I arrived for surgery at about 11:45 a.m. and after signing in was asked to come back into the prep room. There I had pre-op pics taken and put on my gown. The anaesthesioligist came in and talked to me for a while about how he would anaesthesize me. We got to talking about the weather, it was hailing outside. After that Dr. Hedden came in and drew on me and walked me through the procedure one more time. Then the anaesthesiologist came back in and gave me some injections and set me on the IV drip. I walked into the surgery room and lay on the table. He then added the anaesthesia to my IV drip and before I could wink at the nurse I was out. I woke up at who knows what time, (I think it was around 2:30), wearing my compression vest. I dressed myself and sat there for about another hour or so until I was able to stand on my own power. I came directly home and took a nap too sleep off the anaesthesia, and here I am!

I can tell I have some amount of bruising already and that this vest is going to get on my nerves...but I have done it!




the vest sux, but wear it!

wasn't it weird when he drew on your moobswith a marker lol
Title: Re: Finally Taking the Plunge
Post by: Jahshua on January 19, 2008, 02:20:10 AM
Not sure how many times I need to go back. Dr. Hedden seems to want to see me quite often as I have another follow up next week. I really like that though, he seems to genuinely care about how well I am healing.

Yup within 3 weeks  had 2 follow ups, and it's great that the doc would actually like to see my progress rather than just shun me away.

yes, I agree. my doc wants to see me  a lot too. it does cause me to feel like he really cares about more than just getting my money!

http://drmoliver.com/StatInt/StatInt.htm
Title: Re: Finally Taking the Plunge
Post by: Jahshua on January 19, 2008, 02:22:47 AM
Guys, so glad you are sharing all of this... how are the scars? Or is it too early to tell? And what about work / school -- how much time off are you taking? Thanks for your help!

my surgery was on thurs, and i was at work again on mon. i get sore from time to time, but it is really a lot easier than i thought it would be.
Title: Re: Finally Taking the Plunge
Post by: slyblackdragon on January 19, 2008, 05:33:35 AM
Guys, so glad you are sharing all of this... how are the scars? Or is it too early to tell? And what about work / school -- how much time off are you taking? Thanks for your help!

Much to early to tell on the scars, but like I said my incisions are only about 1/4-1/2" long. I go back to work today, I took about 3 days off. I work at Lowes as an appliance salesman so I am sure I am going to need a little extra help loading items, but I will work things out.
Title: Re: Finally Taking the Plunge
Post by: KryptoKnight on January 19, 2008, 08:54:02 AM
Yup definitely too early for scars.  Right now they're clearly noticeable, but I'm not worried about scarring because it will fade.

As for school and work, I'm on break right now fro college, start on Tuesday.  Work, I was lucky to take off for 2 weeks after I told my boss I was getting surgery; didn't tell him what exactly I was doing, but he allowed it.
Title: Re: Finally Taking the Plunge
Post by: slyblackdragon on January 23, 2008, 03:11:37 PM
Well it has been one weeks since I went moobless. Got my stitches out today and I must say I can barely find the incision site it is that small, so that I am very pleased with. I still have a lot of swelling which the surgeon confirmed and said is quite normal at this stage. I don't have any bruising but he did set me up with a wide ace bandage for some extra compression. So right now I am wearing in order: wide acre bandage, compression vest, thinner ace bandage just over surgical site, tight underarmor shirt. That should keep the swelling down! All is going well and I have been scheduled for another follow up and endermology on 2/16. He said I only really need to be in compression for another week, but I think I cam going to wear it for the full 4-6 weeks to keep swelling in check.
Title: Re: Finally Taking the Plunge
Post by: moobius on January 23, 2008, 08:50:19 PM
congrats! glad things went well
Title: Re: Finally Taking the Plunge
Post by: slyblackdragon on January 25, 2008, 06:49:32 PM
So... am I correct in thinking that there are only two visits post-op? Or are there more? Also, this vest business seems troubling -- can you really not notice it underneath clothes? Do you sleep and shower in it? I'm under the impression you shouldn't take it off AT ALL for 4 to 6 weeks. Is this right? And your surgeons -- how would you rate them 1 - 10? Thanks again for all your help.

I had two post op visits and go back on 2/16 to start endermology massage, to break up scar tissues and promote better healing. About the vest, mine is a velcro one that I had to add velcro to to make it stay tight. It isn't noticable under most clothing, I have been wearing Hinleys, sweaters, polos, and T-shirts without much hassle. I sometimes wear an Under Armour type shirt to help "smooth" over the vest so it isn't noticable. I sleep in it but remove it to shower. I was told to keep it on 23 our of 24 hours of the day. So far the surgeron seems like a good one, but I am still in the early stages of healing so I can't give a proper rating. It will be a while till I see my final results, right now the swelling is making it look nearly the same as before.
Title: Re: Finally Taking the Plunge
Post by: fullonc on February 11, 2008, 04:53:44 AM
first post.
20 year with b-c cup. Got real creative with spandex, t-shirts and a sewing machine to hide things. wednesday I go for my procedure. antsy, nervous, a bit scared. Like the dr but still........
Like the positve things I read here. Helps with the anxiety specially as I am on my own-- friends live too far or can't take off work to assist for a day or two. So, it's good to hear that bed rest an little pain can be expected. Dr. Kapoor in LA is doing it If anyone else has had him do it let me know your experience,
I hope recovery is quick, I may only have off work till the first of march (affected by writer's strike and seems their solveing it now) and really need to be able to return to work when it starts back up.