Posted by: julia
on Jun 05, 2016
Met with a new UCSF plastic surgeon yesterday, Dr. Hani Sbitany (which is a pretty awesome name in my opinion). He is the DIEP flap reconstruction specialist there. He was very nice and he and his colleague Dr. Z (also very nice, but unfortunately I'm forgetting her full name) answered lots of questions for me and were overall very reassuring. Looks like I do have enough belly tissue to donate in order to get me to a D cup when this is all over (which will look similar to what I had after the initial reduction I did back in November).
They confirmed some things I did know (e.g. it will take about 6-8 weeks to recover, with the first 3-4 weeks the hardest and most restrictive due to the abdominal stuff, and there will likely be one more relatively minor surgery after this one to address any remaining adjustments) and told me some things I didn't know (e.g. it's a 12 hour surgery, the donor tissue will be placed on top of my pec muscles not under them like the expanders, there will be several new scars, and they'll be moving my belly button several inches down). Dr. Sbitany didn't see any reason to wait any longer so we went ahead and scheduled the reconstruction surgery for June 30th. That's the timing I was hoping for (I want to be healed up in time for Burning Man at the end of August) so I'm happy about that.
Now I just have to screw that battered courage of mine to the sticking place once again and remind myself that I'm a good healer and that the end results will be worth it. I know I can do this. Still grumpily and futilely wishing I didn't have to, though.