Hey guys! Well, this post is long overdue! I’m officially 3 weeks post op and my recovery is going perfectly so far! If you missed my first few blog posts about my breast augmentation I will provide the links to them at the bottom of this post! Today we’re going to be talking all about surgery day, so lets dive right in, shall we?
My surgery was scheduled for 9am on February 2nd. One of the things that Heather (Dr. Steely’s Office Manager) stressed to me at my pre-op appointment was how important a good nights sleep was the day before surgery. I went to bed fairly early the night before my surgery and really didn’t have trouble falling asleep. Because my surgery was so early in the morning I got up at around 4:30 a.m. to take care of a few last minute things. I folded a load of laundry that I had put in the dryer the night before. Emptied our dishwasher and made sure that the kitchen was nice and tidy. The last thing I wanted to do was come home to a messy house and clothes in the wash.
After I did some stuff around the house I made sure to take a good shower and wash my hair. I used anti-bacterial soap (I used Dial) and made sure to shave my legs and armpits because I wasn’t sure how my mobility would be the days following surgery. I wore comfy, loose fitting pants, a zip up hoodie and my Ugg house shoes that my mom got me for Christmas. Comfy was key for me that morning.
My pre-op nurse had called the the day before surgery and requested that we arrive at the hospital no later than 7:15. We left our house a little before 6 and arrived at the surgical center shortly before 7. I hate being late, so I was relieved to be a little early just in case any unforeseen circumstances popped up.
The surgical center offered complimentary valet service which was awesome and super convenient. We pulled up and they immediately parked our car and we went right inside to begin my paperwork. I could tell from the second we pulled in that my experience there was going to be safe, comfortable and easy.
I had to fill out pretty standard paperwork as soon as we got checked in. After my paperwork was complete I payed my hospital fees and received my wrist band. While I was waiting for my pre-op nurse they had me do a urine test. I hadn’t drank or ate anything since 8 pm the night before so this was no easy task. Thankfully they only needed a very small sample. I’m assuming this was to ensure I was not pregnant, but it totally slipped my mind to ask exactly what the urine test was for.
I waited upstairs in the reception area for about an hour before my pre-op nurse, Haley, came up to bring me down to prep me for surgery. She introduced herself to me and Schoen and told him that it would take her about 20 minutes to get me ready. After I was ready she would call for him to come down and sit with me until it was go time.
Haley and I took the elevator down to the bottom floor. She walked me into a private room where I would be until it was surgery time to be be wheeled into the operating room. I filled out some more basic paperwork and had me verify my information, doctor and the procedure I was having performed. She told me that she was going to step out and have me remove everything but my underwear and I was to change into the robe and socks that were laid out on my bed for me.
After I got changed and put my clothes into the ‘Patient Belongings Bag’ Haley came back in and put compression sleeves around my calves (to help circulation) and also put a heated blanket on me. I can’t tell you how thankful I was for that heated blanket. I was literally shaking because I was so cold. After I was comfortable in my bed she took my vitals and made sure I wasn’t running a temperature. She also placed electrodes on my wrists and back so they could monitor me when I went under.
Dr. Steely offers his patients a Valium as soon as they start getting prepped. I gladly accepted the pill and was eager for it to kick in because I was starting to get super anxious and nervous. Especially because I knew it was almost time to get the IV put in which I was oddly the most nervous about.
It took them four tries to get my IV in. Apparently I have extremely small veins and a lot of valves. Haley attempted my right hand but missed. Then she called in another nurse to help. She attempted my right hand again but it missed as well. They finally moved over to my left hand and used a smaller needle and was successful.
(When I woke up from Surgery my IV was back in my right hand. I was told they had to change it after I went under. They needed to use the larger gauge needle and decided to move it to my right hand. I had some gnarly bruising on both hands. It’s finally starting to disappear. Ouch!)
After they got my IV in phoned upstairs and had Schoen come down to sit with me. By this point my Valium had kicked in and I was feeling much more calm. He could tell I was feeling a little drugged up and kept trying to video me.
Shortly after Schoen came downstairs a few other nurses popped in to verify who I was and to confirm was procedure I was having. My anesthesiologist came by a short while later and went over my basic medical history and explained to me what his role was that morning. He told me that he’d be inserting a tube in my mouth and slightly down my throat after I went under. The tube would not reach my vocal cords and would be removed before I woke up.
He also told me that he’d be putting some ‘morning margarita’s’ into my IV right before we went into the operating room. But I couldn’t receive my cocktail until after I chatted with Dr. Steely. He also had my nurse verify that the antibiotics that were hooked up to my IV were not streaming into my system too quickly, otherwise I would have to pee like a mad woman. Speaking of that, after he left I had my nurse help me to the bathroom. I think the combination of the IV and nerves had me peeing about every 15 minutes!
After I returned from the restroom Dr. Steely popped in to see me. He introduced himself to Schoen and asked how I was doing. I expressed that I really hoped that he would be able to use the 375cc implants rather than the 350’s (I was getting a little boob greedy, ha!). He said he understood and told me he was going to take a look at me and mark me up.
I took off the top part of my gown and he took another look at how much breast tissue I already had. He said he shouldn’t have any trouble at all putting 375’s in because I had ample tissue to accommodate that size. Dr. Steely then had me flex my chest muscles to see where the crease of my breasts met my abdomen. He only had to make a few marks on my chest which surprised me. A lot of other videos I watched required much more markings.
I didn’t have any last minute questions/concerns for him so he told me to make sure I had my phone on me that evening because he’d be giving me a call to check on me. He also had Schoen verify his cellphone number because he was going to call him and let him know when the surgery was over. As he walked out he let me know that they’d be in to take me to the OR in about 20 minutes.
Schoen and I hung out and chatted in my room for the next 15 minutes. I asked him to pray with me right before my surgical nurses came in. I prayed for God to wrap his arms around me, the doctors and nurses.
Two new nurses came in and introduced themselves and were so sweet to me. They helped me go to the restroom one more time before it was go time. They said “I see that you already have your party hat on (my surgery hair cap) so let’s get this party started!”. I had to verify who I was, who my doctor was and what procedure I was having done (I feel like I did this part a lot!).
They reassured me that I was in good hands and that Dr. Steely does beautiful work. They started putting my ‘morning margarita’ into my IV and after a few seconds I could feel it kicking in. They wheeled me to the operating room which was right next to my pre-op room. As soon as we got in there they had me scooch over to the operating table and they placed and oxygen mask on me and that’s really all I remember from being in the OR.
The next thing I remember was waking up in my recovery room and saying the sides of my boobs hurt and that I was extremely thirsty. Dr. Steely called Schoen as soon as I was out of surgery so he was there when I woke up. I vaguely remember being fed ice chips and sipping on water through a small straw. After going to the restroom and laying down for a bit longer I felt ready to get up and put my clothes on. They helped me get dressed and then brought a wheelchair in for me. Meanwhile Schoen had the valet pull our car up.
The ride home was a big blur. I think I dozed off and on the entire 45 minute trip because the anesthesia was still in my system. By the time we got home I was starting to feel a little less groggy and was immediately ready to eat some food. I made a small salad with a side of crackers. I wanted to make sure I had enough food in me so I could take a pill to manage my pain.
Eating my salad was much harder than I expected it to be. Stabbing the lettuce with my fork felt completely foreign to me and very uncomfortable. But it felt good to get some food in me. As soon as I was done eating I took my first pain pill.
After lunch I headed upstairs to relax in the media room. Our downstairs couches are very deep and I knew I would have trouble getting comfortable in them. The recliners upstairs were much easier to get in and out of. Shortly after I got settled Dr. Steely gave me a call to check on me. I loved that he personally calls all of his patients to check in on them post surgery. I told him I was getting uncomfortable and the pain was starting to become apparent. He told me I could take my pain medication every 3-3.5 hours instead of the recommended 4. I also told him that I was still numb and he told me that that was totally normal. He told me to start drinking a ton of water and to call if I had any questions or concerns.
After I got off of the phone with Dr. Steely I dozed on and off the remainder of the afternoon. I also began tracking my pill intake right away so I could stay on top of the pain.
As you can see above, I started taking pain medicine just about every 3 hours the first day. At around 7pm I started to get really uncomfortable because some of the numbness was beginning to subside.
Dinner on surgery day was a bit more substantial than lunch. I reheated some biscuits I had made the previous night. I ate them along side a few pieces of turkey bacon. My mobility was pretty limited at this point. I couldn’t reach up to get plates or cups out of our cabinets. So Schoen had to help me with almost everything. Even opening the microwave was a challenge.
After dinner I attempted to lay down in our bed but it was nearly impossible for me to get comfortable. I ended up getting up and going back upstairs. I was able to finally fall asleep in one of our recliners. It wasn’t the best nights sleep, but I was thankful to get a little bit of rest. And that wraps up the day of my breast augmentation!
Overall, my surgery day experience was a positive one! And the pain was really not as bad as I was expecting it to be. I plan on doing one more update that covers how my recovery has been going. I will also touch on workouts I’ve been doing and any tips and tricks I’ve been using. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions in the comments section below!