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I am having my BA and FFS on March 4 as a combination surgery. My surgeons decided on this approach to limit having to go under the gas once instead of twice. I am having 800cc smooth Gummy Bear implants, and I cannot begin to describe everything that the facial surgeon is going to do to my face. Needless to say she is the one that is going to take the most time in the OR. I will be in the hospital for two to three days with a post-op right after discharge. I will attempt to post some face pics after if I can. See all of you on the other side. 

Gina Nicole

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Susan R

@gina-nicole-t I know you must be so happy that you’re finally able to get these procedures done. I know it was hard when they were postponed due to issues beyond your control a few months ago. Now it’s happening. I wish you the very best on your upcoming surgeries and know you’ll have great outcomes. I also hope for your very quick recovery with minimal pain! 

 

Be sure to drink plenty of liquids these next few days.😊

 

Always My Best,

Susan R🌷

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gina-nicole-t

@Susan R I think I am over liquidated..lol, and yes I am hoping for great outcomes. I have other pain medication than the "real" stuff. I try my best to stay off the prescribed pain meds. Not that they are not useful at times when necessary, I just don't like using them if I don't have too. I like to have a clear mind especially if a home aid is going to be in my apartment. 

Hugs,

Gina

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SheenaT
10 hours ago, gina-nicole-t said:

@Susan R I think I am over liquidated..lol, and yes I am hoping for great outcomes. I have other pain medication than the "real" stuff. I try my best to stay off the prescribed pain meds. Not that they are not useful at times when necessary, I just don't like using them if I don't have too. I like to have a clear mind especially if a home aid is going to be in my apartment. 

Hugs,

Gina

Wishing you all the best. Very exciting. 

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Kasumi63

I’m planning on having these done this summer in Thailand, so I will be following your adventure. Good luck! You must be so excited!

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gina-nicole-t

12 hours in surgery. Had to be at the hospital by 3am. I don’t know what I look like at the moment, but I have boobs, and a new face. I am not really in a lot of pain considering. More of a dull ache.. Thanks for thinking about me.  I hope your surgery turned out well also. 
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Gina

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Jackie C.

Congratulations!

 

You probably look like you lost a fight right this second.

 

Once the swelling and bruising goes down though... you'll look amazing.

 

Hugs!

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Gabriel

Congratulations on your big step Gina Nichole!

Wishing you a smooth and speedy recovery

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SheenaT
5 hours ago, gina-nicole-t said:

12 hours in surgery. Had to be at the hospital by 3am. I don’t know what I look like at the moment, but I have boobs, and a new face. I am not really in a lot of pain considering. More of a dull ache.. Thanks for thinking about me.  I hope your surgery turned out well also. 
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Gina

Get well soon🤗

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Kasumi63

Wow! Twelve hours! I guess it takes a lot of time to make lots a great little changes—and a couple of larger ones! Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations!

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gina-nicole-t

Update: after a week long stay in the hospital, one blood transfusion later, and many other IV's to fight off anemia that is brought on from taking anti-epileptic drugs since I have been 15 years old. I am finally home. Tonight has been really horrible. I think I slept maybe 5 hours with horrible dreams waking me up every time I would try to sleep. It totally sucked. My face doesn't hurt so much, just still a dull ache. Somehow I have a sore from coughing because it is a little difficult to swallow sometimes. It will get better once the stitches in my mouth dissolve fully and I can open my mouth fully. Another issue that I really can't wait to stop having to wear is what they call the "jaw bra". Once I can quit wearing that it will help greatly. I know it is to keep my face immobile while it heals, but damn, it is a pain sometimes lol. Thank you everyone for you kind words, and wishes for a speedy recovery. I love all of you. 

Hugs, 

Gina Nicole 

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Jackie C.

Ouch... I have no real advice, but I wish you a swift and painless recovery. Hang in there sweetie!

 

Hugs!

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gina-nicole-t

@Jackie C. It's really the staples behind my ears that hurt the most. The dried blood and hair that has collected in them is painful. Other than that nothing else is really bothering me a lot. I am used to a lot of pain, but sometimes there are certain things that are not so much painful just so bothersome that you could do with out. 

Thanks for the warm wishes. 

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Gina Nicole

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gina-nicole-t

Tomorrow I have my first post-op on my FFS. I am hoping that staples and stitches get removed. I don't know if I can stop wearing the jaw brace or not after tomorrow, but I am so hoping so. Wearing this thing for most all day I admit is necessary, but It does get tiring after a while. I feel like an owl in this thing, and wearing glasses with this thing on is a real pain in the butt. i know that it's very necessary, and serves a purpose, but I can't drive with it on, and I only have one. 

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Kasumi63

Hi, Gina!
 

I’m sorry to hear you’re having a tough time but glad you’re hanging in there! No doubt, you’ll be feeling much happier soon. Actually, I’m in a similar situation right now after GCS. I still have to wear a catheter, which is extremely unpleasant, and I ache all over. Sitting is painful, too. However, I’m gradually improving, and I’m starting to be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. 
 

You’ll be so happy about all this in the near future. Hang in there! We’re pulling for you!

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gina-nicole-t

@Kasumi63 after having the stitches and staples behind my ears, and the stitches under my chin removed I feel so much better. The discomfort has been cut by 90%. It will get much better once scalp staples and stitches are out. Then I can hopefully stop wearing this jaw brace all the time. Other than that it truly hasn't been horrible. You sound like you are having it way worse than me. I think I would loose it if i had to have a catheter 24/7. I hope that when I go in for GCS that I don't have the issues that you and @Susan R have. I truly feel for both of you. I know Susan has recovered, but there for a while I'll admit I was scared for her. I truly feel for what you are dealing with also. They had to use a catheter on me a couple of times to get the urine flowing again. I was out for so long it took my body a long time to turn on again. Anyway once I don't look like I've been in a car accident that required facial surgery, I will post a pic of my face on here. 

Hugs, 

Gina 

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Robin.C

Lovely to hear you are on the mend Gina. Gives all of us hope when we hear that things do get better after awhile.

 

Hugs

Robin

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Jackie C.
3 hours ago, gina-nicole-t said:

I think I would loose it if i had to have a catheter 24/7.

 

The catheter is SOP with bottom surgery. They don't want you peeing on your fresh surgical wound. Completely understandable. I'll be wearing one for another week after my revision. I'm not looking forward to it, but what can you do?

 

Hugs!

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Kasumi63
3 hours ago, gina-nicole-t said:

 Other than that it truly hasn't been horrible. You sound like you are having it way worse than me. I think I would loose it if i had to have a catheter 24/7. I hope that when I go in for GCS that I don't have the issues 

So glad to hear you’re feeling better! Congratulations on having gotten through the worst! In my case, I had the sigmoid colon version, which is a more difficult operation than the one most people have. I broke into tears several times at the hospital, and I really thought I was going to lose it. But that was only the first week. This second week has been unpleasant, too, but not nearly as bad. In addition to the catheter, I also have to take a lot of laxatives to avoid straining where the colon was sewn up. Anyway, I’m happy better and looking forward to how you feel about the results. By the way, I’m guessing the BA was relatively painless—or maybe just dwarfed by comparison with the FFS. I’m hoping to have the same two operations in Thailand this coming summer, if possible. Thanks for sharing. And congrats again, sweetie!

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Jackie C.
2 hours ago, Kasumi63 said:

I had the sigmoid colon version, which is a more difficult operation than the one most people have.

 

True, but the end results are generally better. If I could have found someone to do the abdominal pull-through (and if I could afford it), I would have gone that route instead.

 

Hugs!

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Kasumi63
1 hour ago, Jackie C. said:

 

True, but the end results are generally better. If I could have found someone to do the abdominal pull-through (and if I could afford it), I would have gone that route instead.

 

Hugs!

Thanks! That phrase “abdominal pull-through” makes me cringe—even if that’s the best way to describe it. Here’s hoping it pays off!

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gina-nicole-t

@Kasumi63 Yes you are correct that my BA never bothered me at all. My face mainly because I can't open my mouth for several weeks is the part that bothers me. I really want something solid to eat and I can't...boo whoo...Also I didn't know that a catheter was SOP for GCS even the process that you had that I am going to have. I understand the laxative standpoint; makes perfect sense to me. I hate to ask such an invasive personal question, however was your initial surgery done in one process, everything done at once, or did you have to go back for the canal to be made? I know you are there for some type of revision surgery or something. 

Hugs, 

Gina 

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Kasumi63
1 hour ago, gina-nicole-t said:

@Kasumi63 I hate to ask such an invasive personal question, however was your initial surgery done in one process, everything done at once, or did you have to go back for the canal to be made? I know you are there for some type of revision surgery or something. 

Hugs, 

Gina 

Not at all. Hearing from you has been helpful for me, and I’m happy to share, too. So you’re planning on having the sigmoid colon vaginoplasty for your GCS? That’s what I had. Basically, I had everything done all in one day. Three teams worked on me: a surgical team working on the colon, a plastic surgeon doing the vaginoplasty, and, of course, the anesthesiologist. The whole surgery lasted from 8:30 am until about 9 pm. The vaginal canal was done as part of that, so I don’t have to return for more surgery, though I do have more outpatient care.

 

I was released after about 10 days, but have had the catheter in for an additional week. I go back tomorrow to have the catheter removed. I think the surgeon will also fix up the entry to the vagina because that’s protruding a bit. Swelling has gone down a bit but the entry looks bad and has me a bit worried. Apparently, some of the colon (neo-vagina) has been pushed out due to the swelling. Taking laxatives (to avoid putting pressure on where the colon was sewn together again) adds to the overall unpleasantness. On Tuesday, I’ll have a couple stitches removed from my stomach.
 

But as Jackie suggested, the long-term benefits may outweigh all the short-term benefits. For example, dilation shouldn’t be as painful or difficult. But I haven’t started that yet, so I don’t know. Let me know if you have any other questions.

 

A couple of questions for you, Gina, if you don’t mind:

 

When you say you can’t eat solid food, do you mean you’re being feed intravenously or are you on a liquid diet? Either way must be unpleasant, but at least it’s not too painful. 
 

Also, if you don’t mind saying, where did you have this done? As I mentioned, I’m planning on having FFS and BA done all at once in Thailand in August. The current surgery was done in Okinawa, Japan. 
 

Glad you’re getting close to the end. Just a little more to endure. Hang in there!

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@Kasumi63  I don't think that I will be able to eat solid food for about 6 weeks. The work on my jaws (if you have ever see hockey, or someone with a broken jaw and it wired shut) it is not that bad but kind of reminds me of what I have seen. I want something sold so bad, but can't get my mouth open wide enough it's almost depressing. The best thing for me though is that I will loose badly needed weight. Between the surgery and not being able to eat solid food I have lost 20 pounds. The issues for me is that I am tired because I have no energy from food. Meal replacement shakes go only so far. No if your surgeon in Thailand is good he/she will not do anything to your face you don't want done, and don't alter your face so far it isn't recognizable to you. My combination BA/FFS was done at Providence Everett-Washington Colby Campus Hospital just south of my apartment. I was one of the first surgeries of the morning. I was in for 12 hours and in the hospital for another week. I go get the last of the stitches out of my face next week, and the stitches out of my boobs next week. I have dissolving stitches in my mouth that are really holding my jaws closed. I can very lightly open my mouth, and I mean very lightly. When you go through this will it be painful? I guess that depends on your pain threshold. I have only used Tylenol for my pain. If you need or want to know anything else that I can help you with I will be happy to try an answer what I know. 

Hugs, 

Gina 

 

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Kasumi63

Wow! That sounds a lot more trying than I imagined. Good to know, though. Glad you’re hanging in there. That first solid meal will taste awesome, I’m sure. Good luck! I’m rooting for you from Japan.

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