I had been considering a breast reduction for a really long time. I have always been top heavy, even at my lowest weight. When I had my kids though, I gained weight everywhere, including “the girls”. After Podling was born my thyroid crapped out on me, causing me to gain more weight and so “the girls” got bigger as well.
Last winter I started the process for the reduction. I started researching recovery time and what-not. I have to say that there aren’t very many websites and are honest about recover times other then the usual ‘up to 6 weeks’ spiel. I did find a blog or two about some women who documented their own process and since I went through it/going through it I decided to document mine as well so other can find it that may need the information.
Let me start by saying my insurance DID pay for it, though I had to have my doc send notes to the Insurance company proving I needed it and have a surgeon take measurements saying yes, I would benefit. The first thing I did was talk to my GYN since he is the that knows more about my girl parts than anyone. He said he did feel I was a good candidate, but we all know insurance companies really don’t give a shit what your doctors think, so we had to document this for a year before even attempting to see a surgeon.
When the time came I asked Dr. T for a referral and he sent me to Dr. S. I feel it is important to task doctors for referrals of this kind as chances are they(if they are good docs) aren’t going to steer you wrong. Everyone I talked to in the hospital said he was a good surgeon, and after meeting him I feel he is. I want to point out here that chances are you will have to pay for your consult appointment…mine was $300. While they don’t expect you to pay with a check, it is something you need to keep in mind. Also keep in mind that you get what you pay for, don’t get the cheapest doc as there is a good chance you will get what you pay for.
Fast forward to now. I had to go to the usual pre-admission testing for the hospital and a pre-op appointment with Dr. S. Then, last night I got a call for my surgery time. It is an outpatient procedure, so you can usually go home afterwards barring any issues that my arise during surgery.
The surgery took about an hour and a half or so. I had to be there at 6:30am and I was able to come home at 1:30pm. For those who may have never had surgery, this is normal as you have to wake up from the anesthesia and do certain things before you can go home such as drink a little bit and keep it down (the drugs can make you nauseous) .
The surgeon sends you home with a surgical bra packed with wound dressings. It isn’t the most comfortable, but nothing about it will be since you are being cut into.
Some surgeons put drains in, mine didn’t . My boobs are so swollen they feel like they are going to pop. I was in some pain when I came home-more a burning and bruised feeling than actual pain. They did give me some Percocet to take for pain. I was also given a prescription for an antibiotic. I will say here that ANY time you are on antibiotics, you should use Align (or some other brand) pro-biotics with it. They will kill the good bacteria in your gut just as well as the bad and it can lead to some serious bowel issues (my hubs had an issue with antibiotics when the dentist…when he went to the family doc he said to always take Align or something like it to help promote the good bacteria that the antibiotics kill).
You will also not be able to take off the bra/dressings for a week until after you see your surgeon again…so no showering! EW! (You are also not allowed to do housework…Yay!)
That is about all I can say for now. I had my surgery this morning. The pain isn’t bad, but uncomfortable, though I do have plenty of pain pills if I need them. I slept most of the day to get the drugs they gave me in the hospital out of my system. I will be taking a pain pill soonish and get some sleep. You will need to elevate the head of your bed or do like I am doing and sleep in a recliner. You have to sleep on your back and partially sitting up for a while until the wounds start to heal. Just be patient. I have heard that the course of things stay the same so if you heal well and not have a lot of pain with surgery (which I do/don’t), then this time would be no different.
I will talk more about his at a different time, though I don’t know if I will be able to blog every day. I want to make sure to keep my experience out there for anyone else that may want to research. At the very latest I will try to post again after my first post op next week.