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Lokilady

My BA surgery with Dr Tavakoli 28th Oct

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When I first started visiting this forum, I found the posts on people's surgery experiences so very helpful. Now it's my turn to tell you about my experience on Monday, having my BA with Dr Tavakoli at North Shore Specialist Day Surgery.

My surgery was scheduled for 10am, so we were asked to be at the hospital by 8.30am. After reading the very helpful advice on this forum, I wore loose clothes (harem style pants and a button up top) and a pair of thongs. When we arrived, we paid the hospital fee and completed any outstanding paperwork and within minutes it was time to say goodbye to my husband and follow the nurse into my private cubicle.

I was asked to visit the bathroom to empty my bladder (not that there was much to empty after having no food or drink since midnight) and then told to undress, taking off everything except my undies. I got to put on a warm robe and slippers, putting my own clothes in a bag with my patient number on it for safe keeping. I had left all my valuables with my husband.

There was a nice supply of trashy magazines in the cubicle, so while I waited I got to read all about the latest celebrity gossip and try and ignore the nerves that were slowly creeping up on me. The nurse came in and asked me the standard questions, allergies, name and what I was in for etc, and then the assistant anaesthetist came and did the same. They gave me half a Valium to take the edge off the nerves and then Dr Tavakoli came in to do my markings.

When looking at me he said that my left breast looked slightly bigger than the right, and then asked if I had scholiosis, which I do. He said that as my left rib cage sticks out further than the right, he would slightly reduce the implant in that size because otherwise it would look uneven. Having no boobs in the past it wasn't noticeable, but with boobs it would be. So he said that one would be slightly smaller, by 25g.

I then put my paper gown on and the pretty paper hair net, put my robe back on and sat down to wait. The anaesthetist came in to see me and asked me the same routine questions. He also asked if I had had a general anaesthetic before and if I had any reactions to it. I told him I had severe post anaesthetic shivering (if you have had it you will know how horrible it is) and he said he would do everything he can to keep me warm so that didn't happen. After he left I was starting to get drowsy from the Valium (and the fact I didn't sleep at all the night before I am sure).

The assistant anaesthetist then came to get me and with his arm around me, walked me into the theatre. I was asked to climb up on to the table, feel both sides of the bed to make sure I was in the middle and then the anaesthetist inserted the cannula into my left hand. That's all I remember until I woke up in recovery. No adverse reaction to the anaesthetic at all.

i was sitting in a recliner chair and a nurse came and put on my post op bra and stabiliser band on and helped me get my shirt and pants back on. I must have fallen back asleep because I then woke up to the sound of my husbands voice. I apparently looked very pale and unwell (which is the same as previous operations) so I took a while to get it together enough to leave, my husband says about 2 hours. I don't remember anything except being offered juice and being fed a biscuit by my husband.

Dr Tavakoli came to see me to say all went perfectly. Initially at my consult he had said that he would decide between the 400cc and 375cc when I was on the table. He said the 400s were too big, so I got 375 on the right and 350 on the left to allow for my jutting out ribs. I had drains put in, and I was grateful to see all that gunk being outside my body rather than in.

I slept most of the way home, and thank you to the smart girls on the forum who said take a pillow to prop under your chest to minimise movement because that helped. I got home and went straight to bed, propped up nice and high on about four pillows, and then slept the rest of the day away. My husband kept my painkillers on schedule and pain wasn't too bad.

The next morning was harder, lots of pain and very stiff, and the drive to the clinic to get my drains out was very unpleasant. But the drains came out super easy and I was told how to care for my wounds, so now I don't go back for two weeks. Dr Tavakoli came in to see me and said all looked great, just one (left) is a lot more swollen than the other but it will settle in time.

So there you have it! All done and recovering well.

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That is such a nice experience so very happy for you, when reading I felt I was reading my own story as was so very similar, rest up now and you will be able to enjoy your new additions in time for summer xo

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thankyou for such a great post. I feel similar to you pre-BA. left breast slightly larger than right (although minimal breast tissue anyway!) and I have scoliosis. the surgeon I had a consult with yesterday didn't mention scoliosis at all, but I have another consult for a second opinion tomorrow with a different surgeon so I will certainly be asking. Thanks for the helpful post, glad you had such a great experience

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Hi Lokilady

That was such a great post. It sounds like Dr Tavakoli and his team really looked after you well! My Dr said I have scoliosis too, it must be more common than we realise.

I'd love to see your results so I'll send you a FR. Hope you're recovering really well : )

Merlin

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