The daughter of a friend had this done a few years ago, and it was covered by insurance, because they finally deemed it medically necessary for her to undergo the procedure. There are two things I remember my friend talking about: 1) The incisions drained for a long time and/or became infected (or the daughter's body reacted against the staples or whatever)and 2) The doctor encouraged her to stay a larger size than she had wanted. And now she wishes she had gone smaller. Their impressions were almost that the doctor didn't like to see women get too "small", although that is a relative term. My point is that you and your wife should really discuss desired end-point size realistically and candidly. And while men may not ultimately want women to lose breast tissue, the potential health benefits/risks should be carefully considered; i.e., does your wife have deep grooves in her shoulders caused by her bra straps, or does her back hurt or is she becoming stooped because of excess breast weight, etc.?
- 12/29/89 C5-6 Microdiskectomy (no fusion)
- 4/9/03 ACDF C4-7 with plating and donor bone