Can anybody help me?!?!
Hi all! I'm new to the group and I'm after some advice....
I've wanted a BA for at least 10 years (decided to have kids first) so I've done loads of research and I'm pretty sure I've found my ps but have yet to arrange a consultation with him, I live about 5 hours away and Im concerned that due to work/family commitments this distance is going to be an issue if there is going to be multiple appointments... This is the one thing that I can't seem to find any information on!!! My question is: how many did you have to attend before your surgery? And how long did you have to wait for your surgery? (ie. Do you have to book massively in advance) I'm hoping to get it booked in for either the summer or failing that, winter but not sure if this is a realistic time frame!
Thanks in advance. X
Hello!! I decided to finally get a BA/BL this year. I called in Jan for a consultation and was seen the very next week. All my measurements, pictures, etc were completed that day. I had to pay in full before scheduling. My appt is March 20. No additional appointments required. We will do all pre-op decisions day of surgery. I hope this helps
I went to two consultations one out of state. My ps is currently in my state however. I called made a consultation appointment and was seen the following week. I waited a couple months to book my surgery ( it's tomorrow ! ) But had to come back for 1 appointment for my pre-op. As for how long it really depends upon your surgeon and how many operations he/she has. I know some only operate on certain days so it's alittle harder. That would be a great question to ask them or ask the staff before booking a consultation.
I had a consultation then went back for sizing and scheduled from there which was a month out.
My sister went to a different ps and she did everything the first visit- consult. Sizing. Try on etc. she was even picking a surgery date ((she ended up feeling rushed by that & is booked with my guy though))
Id call and ask how they handle out of town patients. They may adjust for you having to travel.
I had only my consultation and sizing (same appointment) before my surgery, and then just one post op appointment five days later. I traveled out of state (only two hours drive though) so they said if I can’t make it for a 4-6 week post op appointment they understand. It was really weird for me though cause it took me two months to get a consultation, but then they were ready to schedule my surgery as soon as two weeks after that.
It really all depends. I made online requests to get a consultation with 3 PS. One I made all through online, I had to wait 3 weeks to get in. The other called me within 10 minutes and made an appointment within 3 days. The last never got back to me, so I didn't bother with them. Both consultations, I got measured and tried on sizers and was given size choices. One used Vectra imaging. If I had scheduled a surgery date with them, I would have needed to put down a $250(could have been $200, don't remember exactly) deposit. Decided not to go with them though. I would have seen 1 time, 2 weeks before surgery to finalize size and pay the rest.
I called the first one and got a date picked out. No deposit, no fee for canceling. They had lots of open availability, due to our schedule, I made it for June. I'll see the nurse 2 weeks before surgery to go over sizes again, make the full payment, get prescriptions written, list of do's and don'ts, ask any questions. If I'm unsure on sizes, I can call and schedule an appointment with the PS. Otherwise, I'll see him day of, and go over sizes again, etc. I feel confident with him, so I'm okay with seeing him just the day of.
Thanks everyone, really appreciate you all taking the time to answer my questions! I've been in touch with the clinic today and they said that I can facetime the surgeon for my initial meeting (I have to wait until 28th March though ) and then have a follow up consultation and pre op assessment at the same time so all in all, just 2 trips, including the surgery! X
I scheduled initial consult in one week( he had cancellation).
After that we made a deposit and scheduled surgery in 28 days, and 2 follow ups( 2 weeks po and 1 month po).
My sugeon is 45 min drive away from my home and he insisted that we stay in hotel close to the surgery center fot at least first night post op.
I traveled from New Zealand to Australia for my BA and traveling back for my revision to same surgeon.
I had one Skype consult before heading over for my surgery but also had his PA contact able via email for any other questions that came up.
The day before my surgery I had another in person consult to try on sizes etc. When I head back for my revision I won't have that the day before, it will be day of surgery. I'm happy with that as I am very comfortable with my surgeon etc.
Ps have it done in winter/end of summer. That way they will be healed for the following summer and you can enjoy the bikini weather and swim etc. Having in summer would also be tough because of the heat if you're like me. I'm not sure about anyone else, I had my BA in winter and would wake up in the night really hot. I didnt have a temperature or anything, was just part of the healing process. I am usually the complete opposite, super chilly!
Hi! Is this the only surgeon you’re considering? If the results are spectacular and the recommendations are flowing, than that makes it a challenging decision. Obviously, you want the best doctor working on you. Otherwise, from personal experience, having a surgeon relatively close will take a lot of stress out of your BA experience.
I had my BA 2 months ago and my appointments have been:
consult -meet dr, disc implants in general, my health concerns, talked about goal pictures and my “look”
pre op (2 weeks before surgery)- decided on size and profile, prescribed medications for before and after surgery, took pre op photos, was given a binder of information about surgery and recovery, payment was due
1week post op- checked healing, incisions, talked about managing expectations and my post surgery blues.
6 weeks (emergency appointment)- spitting sutures in my incision with some drainage and concern of infection. Prescribed antibiotics and made another appt in 4 weeks to check
i haven’t had that next appointment yet. But it was incredibly relieving to call up the office when I was having concerns and to get in right away. Sure, if my surgeon was out of state or several hours away I could have gone into a local urgent care. My preference (my strong preference) is to see the doctor who knows my history and did my surgery and knows all the details. I didn’t realize how important having him close was until something went off course. I personally (for myself) would not see a PS that was far away after this experience.