Top Surgery: Pre-Op

Posted: November 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

Yesterday was my pre-operative assessment for top surgery.

Effectively, I had to go to the hospital a week before the surgery to make sure I am fit for surgery, and have the consultation with the surgeon.

The fit for surgery part is pretty basic, and usual to most surgeries: blood tests, swabs to test for MRSA, take your medical history, all that nice stuff.

The consultation was short and sweet, really. The surgeon actually had some social skills (shocking for those high up in the medical field!) and explained what was going to be done.

Given I have a large rack, the technique that will be used is the double incision technique. Effectively the surgeon cuts under the breast and removes the nipple and lower half of the breast tissue. This leaves a curved scar under each one. The nipple is trimmed and reattached, then soluble stitches close the scars as thinly as possible.

The idea is to get the chest as flat as possible, though sometimes with large-chested people the skin between the breasts can dimple once the weight is removed and create a shadow. That shadow can look a bit like cleavage, but in my case, I’m going to see how it goes. I don’t get shirtless often, so how flat it looks is primarily important to me. That can always be corrected later.

After surgery, I have to wear a long binder, so I’ve been warned I may wake up feeling a bit like my chest is being squashed. I then have to continue to wear normal binders for a while. The idea is to get the scars and nipples to ‘stick’ in their places and not rip open or reject the graft. (I swear to you, the surgeon said stick.)

After two to three weeks, I can be back at work and driving around like normal.

So that is basically a flash update on where I am right now. On the 18th, I will be going back to Brighton, and in for surgery at 8am on the 19th.

Bring it on!





(Also apologies for not updating sooner, I’ve just moved house and haven’t got my tinterwebs set up yet.)

  1. alexcclarke says:

    Wow the technical details sound a bit painful. I admit I cringed when reading. But I bet you can’t wait for it! 7 days left ^^ Go Matt!
    Alex xx


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