Exchange surgery aftermath

WARNING: NSFW / graphic content below.

Easy peasyIt has been five days since the exchange surgery that swapped out my rock-hard tissue expanders for soft and squishy silicone implants. I must say that as I was told beforehand, this surgery really was a breeze compared to the original prophylactic bilateral mastectomy I underwent in January.

My husband took the day of surgery (Tuesday) off from work, but I was home alone the next day and onward. I spent the majority of that day napping, but was pretty mobile while awake. As I already mentioned (see: From the other side), I didn’t experience very much pain. Took my last Norco right before Wednesday’s follow up appointment, during which my drains were removed. This time around it hurt like a b#%$@! I’d say around an 8.Pain Scale

The second follow up appointment was on Friday. This is the day I started driving. During my appointment I got my handy dandy medical device ID card. I’m flying internationally in two weeks, so I’ll make sure to have it with me, but I hope I never have to use this thing.

Kinesio tapeDr. M removed the ACE bandage and bra to examine the girls. He agreed that righty is hanging lower than lefty and used some kinesio-type tape to mold it into the proper position. I was told to continue to wear a tight bra and return on Monday morning.

Hubby was out of town the whole weekend, so I spent it home alone taking it easy. I had to keep reminding myself that even though I feel 100% fine, I’m not. I was wrestling with a pickle jar earlier and finally thought: these pickles are good, but a complication-free recovery is better and had my veggie burger sans pickles. It was still yummy.

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6 thoughts on “Exchange surgery aftermath

  1. dglassme

    Found part of the answer to my question here, I thought you said they were softer. And is the muscles now relaxed over the top of the implants? Mine seems so tight over the expander.

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    1. Mogatos Post author

      Yes, the muscles feel more “relaxed” with the implants. The implants are more firm than my breast tissue was, but definitely not as hard as the expanders!

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      1. dglassme

        Mogatos, you are too funny, LoL, but I know you are very serious about this. It’s almost as though you made that video for me 🙂 Given the questions I posed to you early. Thank you for being sooooo open with your treatment it has helped me immensely…

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