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Breast Reduction

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tishtish

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Best news ever! On Friday just gone I got a letter from the hospital with a date for my breast reduction ! I've waited so long, and worked so hard for this, it's all a bit overwhelming, but very very exciting.

For those who don't know, I've been working on getting this breast reduction done for about 10 years. It's the reason I got lap banded. (To lose weight so I would qualify to have it done in the public system as I can't afford to self fund and I don't have any super or PHI.) 

I'm having to travel a bit for it and have no idea at this stage how I'm going to get home from the hospital as depending on how long I'm in for my sister might be busy that day with school concert stuff. My son can drive me home but he's a learner so I'll have to forgo strong painkillers for the 2 hour drive home. Hopefully by day 2 or 3 I'll be fine with just panadol. But if that's what I've gotta do I'll do it.

Can anyone clue me in on what their pain levels were by day 2 or 3 and if panadol was enough at that stage?

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Congratulations on getting through to the next round!! Maybe ask to stay in hospital a day more just to be won the safe side?

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Congratulations on getting through to the next round!! Maybe ask to stay in hospital a day more just to be won the safe side?

The thing is, if I'm in for one night, my sister can drive me home, but I might not be ready to go home that early.

If I'm in for 2 nights, my son will have to drive me. Hopefully though, if I'm in for longer, my pain will be lessened by that stage.

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Wonderful news Tish, you will feel like a new woman after this!

I have not had one myself so can't give a personal account, but from a professional (nursing) standpoint....... you will likely have drains post-op so your length of stay will depend largely on the output of those drains, I would estimate a 2 day minimum stay, it is quite a big operation, and takes about 3 hours on the table. 

I think pain wise you will be relatively comfortable, from what I have read about you, you are no stranger to pain and must have a pretty good tolerance. You will leave the hospital pretty tightly taped and wrapped up, so your news 'girls' won't be bouncing around in the car anyway, have they told you to get yourself a post-op support bra?

I am happy to answer any questions you have, like I said it's not a personal account, I am a theatre and ward nurse so have seen both the during and post-op phases of this op, and I have seen some dramatic changes and very happy patients waking out of hospital afterwards. I won't give you advice, that is for your medical team to cover, but might be able to help de-misty the process a little.

Congrats again lovely 

Leya x

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Wonderful news Tish, you will feel like a new woman after this!

I have not had one myself so can't give a personal account, but from a professional (nursing) standpoint....... you will likely have drains post-op so your length of stay will depend largely on the output of those drains, I would estimate a 2 day minimum stay, it is quite a big operation, and takes about 3 hours on the table. 

I think pain wise you will be relatively comfortable, from what I have read about you, you are no stranger to pain and must have a pretty good tolerance. You will leave the hospital pretty tightly taped and wrapped up, so your news 'girls' won't be bouncing around in the car anyway, have they told you to get yourself a post-op support bra?

I am happy to answer any questions you have, like I said it's not a personal account, I am a theatre and ward nurse so have seen both the during and post-op phases of this op, and I have seen some dramatic changes and very happy patients waking out of hospital afterwards. I won't give you advice, that is for your medical team to cover, but might be able to help de-misty the process a little.

Congrats again lovely 

Leya x

Thanks so much Leya. I have 2 post op bras on layby which I'll grab before I go to hospital. I was told the surgeon could likely get me 2 sizes smaller so I went with that. I got non underwire, front closure bras that are specifically for post op. They're just cheapies from Target but I'm sure they'll do the job. I also got myself a button up nightie so that doctors/nurses can check my incisions without me having to remove or lift anything. (I can't sleep in pjs). Oh, I'll be taking my own tri-pillow too. I also need to get myself a couple of button up shirts for the first few weeks afterwards as I understand I won't be able to raise my arms above shoulder level.

As long as the surgeon can take off as much weight as possible without me ending up with ugly looking boobs I'll be very happy. I'm just so nervous that I'll end up with a shape I don't like, or even worse, that he can't make them small enough to alleviate my pain.

If I have drains, will they keep me in until they remove them or will they send me home with them still in?

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You sound like you will be well prepared, you should also ask to speak to a physio or breast care nurse before you leave hospital to get some arm exercises, these are specific to breast surgery patients and help to maintain shape of the new breast and keep movement in the shoulders/arms flexible and smooth while you heal.

It is unlikely you will go home with drains in, unless you are having a lot of fluid still draining after the first day or 2, the drains help to reduce swelling and bruising and also prevent infection by taking fluid away from under the skin, but the longer they stay in the higher the risk of infection, so they will only leave them in if it is really necessary.

It is hard to say for certain what you will experience but if it all goes smoothly, you have minimal pain, and the doctors are happy with your wounds I would say a 2 night stay would be what you should expect. You may not need drains, but I see them put in more often than not with a reduction.

Leya x

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I went from GG to D cup and was in hospital 3 nights. Had drains in, and pain was quite manageable. There will be a lot of swelling which will take months to go away completely. I am so pleased with the results although it did a while to accept my new size as I felt it was too small, from what I was expecting, but love them now. You are going to be so happy with your result! All the best with your surgery. When does it happen?

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I had my surgery 7 weeks ago. Everything is settling quite well. I just have some fat necrosis that will take quite a long time to resolve. Other than that I'm over the moon happy with my results. I'm down to a DD cup. Like you, sometimes I think my boobs are too small, but most of the time I think they're still too big ... lol. I guess that'll be taken care of when all the swelling is gone.

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