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Possible to combine these surgeries?

Possible to combine these surgeries?

Postby Julia_Chloe » Thu Sep 15, 2011 1:02 am

Is it possible (and a good idea) to combine a bodylift (+ vertical scar up to the chestbone) with an upper thigh lift (just the half-moon cut)? Or would that be "too much" for the body?

Originally my surgeon suggested to do 4 surgeries (arms; breasts; bodylift; thighs).. but I would like to combin them as much as possible, though also with the lowest risks of course.

I will have a telephone chat with my surgeon soon but would like to hear some of your opinions on this topic.

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Re: Possible to combine these surgeries?

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:59 am

My doctor would not do it, but others have had their inner thighs done at the same time. You are already getting the outer thighs with the LBL. He said the blood supply would be so reduced due to the circumferential incision, that to have another incision down there would be too much. Swelling would be so much worse on top of it all.

Others have though...but personally the LBL was enough for me.

I would think he could combine those other surgeries though? At least two at a time. Or maybe even the breasts with the lbl would probably be better than the thighs with it. (jmo on that).
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Re: Possible to combine these surgeries?

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:02 am

Just re-read your post. Do you mean a body lift or do you mean a fleur de lis TT? The body lift doesn't include a vertical scar, although one might have a body lift combined with a fleur de lis...

A body lift is basically a super extended TT. Incision goes all the way around. If you are having the FDL only (and not the extended incision), then maybe the thighs would not be a problem.
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Re: Possible to combine these surgeries?

Postby Julia_Chloe » Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:07 am

Thanks for your reply!

I do mean the extended tummy tuck.. going all the way around to the buttocks.. so yes, the bodylift with anchor cut + extended incision.

The problem is, that I will probably get thighs + tummy paid by my insurance company, whilst I will have to pay for breasts + arms myself.
The surgeon is not allowed to do the insurance company paid surgeries at the same place as the privately paid ones.. so I can not combine breasts + thighs i.e. .. I fear this all will take so much time.. it's ruining all my plans already now. I was planning to move together with my boyfriend, who lives in another country... now I guess these plans are ruined.. (as for my surgeon has the earliest available app. for the insurance company paid surgeries in the middle of January). :(
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Re: Possible to combine these surgeries?

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:14 am

I do not know what is wrong with me! Now I see you meant the LBL PLUS the FDL and you stated that clearly and I missed it.

Well, boy, since you are having the vertical incision too, I just gotta say I would not recommend it. But, wait...as you may get more replies from folks who may have had it done. That is a lot of surgery.

However, one thing to remember, is when you have those other surgeries, it won't add too awefully much to add another procedure in, because you pay once for anesthesia and OR, and then you only pay the surgeons fees for the other procedures, kwim?

I know it does seem so much easier to combine, but I have to tell you, with my LBL I swelled way over a year. The lymph system so disrupted. So, to have it even further disrupted may make it quite miserable. Not to mention that people often have problems with the thighs. I had a friend who had a LBL and inner thighs, and boy...it was rough. The thighs kept splitting. I DO think that now, 2 1/2 years out, he is happy, but it was rough. I think he may have split them up to do them again.

I know this is adding such a kink in your plans and dragging things out. I completely understand how you feel. I just have to say that I would not recommend it, and especially since you are also dealing with the vertical incision. That's a lot of incisions already.

But do read through threads here, as some have done this...
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Re: Possible to combine these surgeries?

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:21 am

Just remembered, that I think my friend also ended up with necrosis, due to the lack of blood supply from having the LBL and thighs.

I would really recommend not doing together...
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Re: Possible to combine these surgeries?

Postby bbarnhart » Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:59 pm

I had a lbl (with vertical incision) and thigh lift in January. Perhaps I would break up the surgeries if I had it to do over again as the recovery was tough. I did split some of the stitches on the groin incision, and I developed a seroma on my left thigh. Everything has been taken care of since, but like I said the recovery was tough.
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Re: Possible to combine these surgeries?

Postby Julia_Chloe » Sun Sep 18, 2011 3:50 am

What you tell sounds tough. It really seems that splitting them up would be the best idea. Even if that makes me sad.. I've became so very impatient. Started my big weight loss 9 years ago.. so you can imagine how I finally want to see + feel my results now!

The thigh lift is actually scaring me the most, I think.. heard so many horrible stories about the recovery and the stitches opening up again etc. .. brrr.

And the tummy tuck scares me too, of course. I mean they'll cut all around my body + up to my chest bone.. I guess if one starts to think about it all too much, then one goes crazy quite easily. :p
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Re: Possible to combine these surgeries?

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Sun Sep 18, 2011 10:31 am

Right. I don't even think about that part. I just think about what I need to do for my part: be in the best shape possible before surgery, follow all directions, and take it easy after and let myself heal. The surgeon has his/her responsibilities, and we have ours. Don't even think of what they are doing with the knife.

Some people watch youtube videos and I never did and never will. I do not see in any way how that will make me feel better. LOL. In fact, it seems to scare people more than anything.

I also fear the thigh lift due to openings, but I would fear it a lot less if it were the only surgery I had to deal with at one time. Having it on top of a LBL... seems very overwhelming.

Totally understand your impatience. Such a long journey. But, sometimes we can make things even harder and longer if we are too impatient! You've already accomplished the hardest part: losing weight and maintaining. From here on out it is just the waiting. But, time will go fast and before you know it you will be there! One day at a time...Each surgery will make you feel so much better!
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Re: Possible to combine these surgeries?

Postby FireChick » Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:22 am

I'm 6 days post op from a lbl with a vertical incision also. I think anything more than this procedure would be too much. My Sx was not willing to do anything further in terms of upper body or inner thigh - he felt it would be too much and I can see why now that I've been through it. Just my two cents. :)
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Re: Possible to combine these surgeries?

Postby Julia_Chloe » Fri Oct 07, 2011 2:32 am

I just love you girls! :)

The surgeon and I have decided to do the arms + breasts together in November now, the extended lbl in January and then after that the thighs.
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Re: Possible to combine these surgeries?

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Fri Oct 07, 2011 11:12 am

That's a great plan! I especially love the January lbl, since that's when I had mine. ;) LOL I am partial to that month that made me so happy. Plus, it was so perfect after the holidays and having all winter and spring to recoup before summer.

I think your combos are perfect, IMO.

Lots of changes coming up my dear. You are going to have a totally new body! You're going to love it.

(what do you mean extended lbl? Do you mean the Fleu de lis with it? Vertical incision? Is that what you mean by extended?)
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