How do you select the doctor to reconstruct your breasts? Hmmm. I’ve gotta tell you, that’s not a concern I’ve had before. It’s a pretty daunting question. My boobs were especially well constructed the first time around. I’m going to need a skillful physician who is capable of a supernatural performance with the scalpel and stitching.
As luck would have it, my trustworthy OBGYN recommended a colleague of his. I arranged a consultation and cleared my schedule. One thing I was confident of, I couldn’t cope with this alone. My husband would be required to ask the good questions and help in making the appropriate life-changing decisions.
When I arrived for my consultation, the nurse escorted my husband and me to our private room. She pointed to a white plush robe hanging on an iron hook and suggested I remove my top and conceal myself with the robe. Huh?? This is only a consultation! As the nurse left the room, I turned toward my husband with colossal eyes expressing my alarm! I soon found the courage to undress placing the robe over my bare skin. I was uneasy.
When the doctor walked in I immediately thought what a sharp man he was. Oh, and he smelled delightful! He introduced himself with a confident firm handshake. All my thoughts of this physician were positive. Then I chuckled to myself and eased my anxiety. I’m looking for someone to make a masterpiece out of the mess a general surgeon is going to leave. I need a doctor with a little more on his resume’ than handsome, nice smelling, and a good handshake.
With a gentle hand, doc pulled the robe to the side. He paused and held his gaze for an extended period. It was then that I recognized the stare of a true artist. He informed my husband and I that the idea behind reconstruction is to make the breasts even more beautiful! Did he realize mine were exquisite to begin with? Then doc commented on my nice skin. He claimed that would give him a lot to work with. That was pleasing. I suppose I had enough canvas for this artist to do his work.
There were a couple different procedures doc discussed with us. We could choose a procedure that solely used silicone implants. These days the silicone implants are a solid form. If cut into quarters they would simply be 4 pieces of implant.
We could choose a procedure that utilized the tissue in my back and large muscle that one rarely uses to twist their arm. This procedure, called the Latissimus Doris Muscle Transplantation, doc said, seemed to bring on the most natural looking result. There was also discussion of a procedure named TRAM flap. This operation uses the rictus abdominal muscle and fat from the abdomen and also establishes a natural look. Nice, a tummy tuck! But, reconstructing two breasts would leave me with limited abdominal muscles. It is said that our abdominal muscles support our back. Well, I already suffer from back pain and issues. As fabulous as a tummy tuck sounds, I can’t imagine suffering through additional discomfort.
My husband and I decided to select the most natural appearing method of reconstruction. Doc will perform a Latissimus Doris Muscle Transplantation on me to reconstruct my lovely breasts.
Finally, my inquisitive husband questioned the doctor, “How big will they be?” “How big ya want ‘em?” Doc asked. I presume I found my doctor!