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Healing…. My Breast Reduction Story Part 3

Healing…. My Breast Reduction Story Part 3

Welp, it is all done and I am home recovering from my breast reduction surgery. I checked in to the hospital (the Rockyview) at 7:45 am on Tuesday. I got there. They took all my information and put a hospital bracelet on my arm. Then I moved to the Day Surgery unit. The Day Surgery Unit is mostly for people who come in and leave the same day. It has about 20 beds separated by curtains. There is just enough room for a little cabinet for your bag, a bed and a chair.

I got settled in and put on my gown. The nurses came by to ask me about my personal information as well as questions about any past surgeries, allergies, etc. They also told me that my nose ring that I couldn’t get out was no big deal (phew!). They didn’t get a chance to put in my IV before they came and got me for pre-op. I got wheeled into a different part of the hospital to wait for my turn in the operating room. While I was waiting, my surgeon and a resident came by to chat with me. They took before pics of my breasts and made marks for them to follow during the surgery. This is when I got to choose the size of my breasts for after surgery. He then made corresponding marks to make that happen. ALL THE SHARPIE marks. I felt like a Picasso by the time he was done. I also got to meet my OR nurse and my anesthesiologist.

Next I was wheeled into the OR. They lowered the operating table and raised the gurney so I could shimmy over onto it. My anesthesiologist put in my IV and we all had a chat before going any further. We went over what we were there for, my name and made sure I wanted to still proceed. After we all agreed, they added a med that would make me feel very heavy. I remember saying “Oh I don’t like this” and then the next thing I knew I was waking up in recovery.

After I spent some time waking up in recovery, I headed back to the Day Surgery Ward. My surgeon keeps his breast reduction patients over night so I got to stay (this is not the same for all surgeons). For the next few hours I fought through the grogginess and pukiness brought upon by low blood pressure and drugs. Even though the ward was super busy, I was none the wiser since I was half asleep anyway. Luckily, all my nurses were AWESOME and took great care of me.

Early the next morning, my surgeon came by to check on me and remove my drains. I was all ready to go home. I was out of the hospital by 11 am and headed home. Since I’ve been home I’ve been resting, napping and trying to not move around too much since I still have lots of stitches. Today (Thursday…surgery was Tuesday), I even got to have a shower and go for a walk around the block.

All in all, I have zero regrets. I still have a ways to go to be back to 100% since I can’t even pull a shirt over my head at this point BUT I know it will be here in no time flat. I don’t even have to take my meds that often (though I am trying to keep up with them so I don’t get behind and start really hurting). The worst part of the whole experience was worrying about it before hand!

Have questions? Just ask! I know I went in to a lot of details but that is because I know that many people (like me) have no idea what is involved. This was my first surgery! I totally built it up in my mind into something much worse than it ended up being. However, nothing in this post should be construed as medical advice…you have doctors for that! Oh and I will post “after” pics after the swelling has gone down more.

Other posts in this series…. why I decided to have breast reduction surgery and dealing with the anxiety before going in for surgery.

Healing...My Breast Reduction Surgery Story Part 1 (2)






Thursday 6th of August 2020

Hey Merry! I go in for my breast reduction in exactly two weeks! I'm 26 and this is also my first 'real' surgery, aside from my wisdom teeth. I am just about equal parts excited and terrified. My way of calming myself has been reading other women's experiences so I don't have too many surprises. Thanks for writing all these posts :) How did you find the recovery? How did you feel the first time you saw them without bandages?

Merry Kuchle

Friday 28th of August 2020

I stopped taking pain meds within 3 days, so I found the recovery pretty easy. The first time without bandages was a bit intense because the scars were very red. Since then, though, they have faded to almost nothing. I'm still so glad I did it.

Tiffany @ myDIRT

Monday 12th of June 2017

So great that you're sharing all the steps along the way. I'm so happy you got it done and that you're feeling good. Other women who are considering the surgery will benefit from reading your story.

Merry Kuchle

Monday 12th of June 2017

I love it! I was super stressed before because I wasn't sure what to expect. I hope my posts help someone doing this have a better idea.


Saturday 10th of June 2017

Well done!

Dot McGillis

Thursday 8th of June 2017

Way to go...take care...sending more love and hugs!!!


Thursday 8th of June 2017

I'm glad it went well, I have a 5 hour commute to the hospital where mine will be hopefully soon lol. Still terrified of surgery in general especially now I have a child. Last year my daughter had an extremely minor procedure , and while under she almost died, it was a freak accident. At my consult they asked if I wanted to get the lipo around the sides, I think I would just wondered if you opted for that part? You don't have to answer if that's too personal of a question.

Merry Kuchle

Thursday 8th of June 2017

Being put under is always something to think about for sure. I wasn't given an option for lipo so I didn't get it. I have heard of others being given that option tho.