May 11, 2016

Nerve-wracking from consult to procedure

Bridget S. first came to Kevitch, Chung & Jan for eyelid surgery to correct her droopy eyelids which were making her look both tired and older than she was. After the wonderful experience she had here with that procedure, she consulted with us again to have a tummy tuck performed to remove the excess skin she had at her belly which was causing her both medical issues and aesthetic concerns. Here is Bridget’s story …

(PART 3 of 7)

“The time from the consult to the week before the procedure is quite nerve-wracking,” confesses Bridget S., looking back on the time leading up to her scheduled tummy tuck surgery. “It’s a major surgical procedure … and you kinda question why you’re doing it and stuff like that. At least I did. I just couldn’t wait for the day to come and be over with it.”

“I had a lot more time to research things — a lot of time between deciding to look into the procedure… scheduling my consult … having the consult … and then actually having the procedure. Much more time than I did with my eyelid procedure. I made friends with some other women on that web site who were scheduled for their tummy tucks the same day I was and it was kind of a secret group where we could talk to each other and share things. That was helpful and reassuring.”

“In between the consult and the procedure, you have to have blood work done and you have a pre-op appointment with the doctor where you can ask any questions you may have. I mentioned a family history of blood clots to Dr. Chung at my pre-op and he said that was a valid concern. He gave me reasons for why I shouldn’t be concerned but also told me I could visit my vascular surgeon for clearance which I did. My vascular surgeon said it was fine for me to do it. As a precaution I ended up getting a shot of blood thinner which wasn’t needed but made me feel better.”

“I wasn’t afraid of having the procedure … or being misshapen … or having a horrible scar … any of that. My fear was not waking up after the procedure. I did not want to be known as ‘that woman who died from having some extra skin removed from her belly’,” she says with laugh. “I did share that with Dr. Chung and he said that was a reality. There he is again being honest!” she adds with another laugh.

“I’m sharing all of this because I want to put other people who have the same worries and concerns that I had at ease. I want them to know their fears are real fears. But go do research. Find other women who also had this done. Talk to the doctor! Have him hear your fears and he’ll let you know what he can and can’t do for you.”

Bridget’s story will continue in her next blog post …