First, let me say that I spent a great deal of time on your site as well as others before my BA. It was helpful for preparations, decision-making and just finding comfort in other's experiences.
Dr. John Michael Quinn of Quinn Plastic Surgery Center in Overland Park, Kansas was my PS. I have been familiar with some of his orthopedic cases over the years, as I am a certified physical therapist assistant. When I began my search for a PS, one of my current patients, who is a nurse, recommended him for BA. She informed me that she had seen many patients in recovery rooms after BA, and that his patients looked the best of any she had seen right in recovery. I have to say, I was very pleased with how I looked right away. Another deciding factor for me was that Dr. Quinn performs transaxillary surgery. I have normal sensation throughout my breasts and nipples, and only a small numb region in my right armpit.
I had a consultation, during which I tried on implants, and another pre-op visit which gave me another opportunity to try on implants. I also took a picture to Dr. Quinn to show him what I was looking for. Dr. Quinn was happy to hear at my 1 week post-op that he had delivered exactly what I'd asked for.
There are a couple things I would like to share with your readers that I hadn't read in any of the other stories or testimonials. First of all, Dr. Quinn placed a pain pump to deliver medication following my BA. This device was worn in a small "fanny pack" and had two tiny lines that ran to each breast. I have no doubt that this was the reason I had so little pain following my surgery. I was able to take two walks outside the same day I came home from surgery. I never had to have anyone help me to the restroom, or any of the other things I read about. I was able to move quite a bit, and I performed some gentle exercises that we use for our post-mastectomy patients at the lymphedema treatment center where I work. These help stimulate the lymphatic system and reduce swelling. I used Arnica, and applied ice 4 times daily. I was able to get my own ice packs from the freezer, wash my own hair, prepare my own meals, and take care of all my own needs. The pain pump was in place for 2 1/2 days, and I took Vicodin during this time as well. (In all fairness I do have to say I tolerate pain medication with no side-effects, not even grogginess.) My surgery took place on a Wednesday, and by Saturday I no longer needed pain medication during the day. I took it at night for 2 more nights to help me sleep because I'm a stomach sleeper, and had difficulty resting on my back.
I asked Dr. Quinn for a prescription to get therapy at the treatment center where I work, and have been receiving MLD (Manual Lymph Drainage) and myofascial release 3 x weekly for the past 2 weeks. I would highly recommend this for anyone able to get themselves to a treatment center. I can't tell you how it helps relax and release all those tight tissues in your neck, upper back and ribs without disturbing your implants or incisions! Not to mention that it stimulates your immune system and promotes healing and reduces scarring. I had a very difficult myofascial restriction pulling on my right axillary scar which made it difficult to raise my arm. This is nearly resolved. After 2 1/2 weeks, I have full range of motion in both shoulders, my trunk, and have returned to cardiovascular exercise and light weight-lifting. I am able to sleep on my sides without discomfort and on my stomach with pillows strategically placed under my stomach and above my breasts. I can perform all normal housework including running the sweeper already, which is important for me since I live alone. How amazing to look and feel so great in such a short time!
I hope this information will benefit some of your readers. Best of luck to all of you considering or going through BA!
- Pat C.