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Surgeon TestimonialNeil E. Hutcher M.D.I first met Dr. Hutcher at a local WLS seminar. I was struck by his dedication to his patients, his record of preforming many surgeries and his sense of humor. He is a real patient advocate for fair treament by insurance companies, but I of course was impressed with the 3500+ weight loss surgeries he has preformed and the fact that he is very up to date in his procedures.
Also, he requires smokers to quit and explained that smokers have a much higher risk of certain complications. What an incentive.
I am still very impressed after my initial consultation.
The have an extensive pre and post-op program which I will be involved in once I get my surgery date.
- Birds - I have a pied cockatiel named Starlight.
- Dogs - I have two miniature poodles; Curley and Tarzan.
- Museums & Art Galleries - My husband and I enjoy art and art galleries.
- E-Bay - My husband nicknamed me the E-bay Monster.
- BMI over 50 - My starting BMI was about 62.
posted on 2/14/08 3:47 am
I had a lower body lift on 10/17/2007 and had 15 pounds removed, more from the butt and hips than my stomach. I am very pleased with the results. He postponed the liposuction on my thighs because of the increased risk of blood clots with lipo and lower body work. With my history of blood clot it is safer to do it at my upper body lift. I had the typical little issues in the hospital such as low blood pressure.
At home my recovery was uneventful. I started feeling OK after ten days. I wore a binder only and sleep in a recliner for at least two weeks. I took a lot of pain medication along with Ativan.
I realized the 15 weight loss and I have now lost 178 pounds. My butt looks so good. My upper tummy is not flat. After much diplomacy, Dr. K. said it would require more weight loss.
Riding 123 miles each way for post-op care was a hassle.
Round two upper body lift on 1/23/2008. The first week was a blur due to the pain meds and Ativan. I went around telling people the upper body lift was a peace of cake. I had lipo on my outer thighs which was easy, removal of back fat and a breast lift. I couldn't tell any difference in my thighs until the swelling went down, but now they look great. He went to great lengths to preserve my breast tissue and I lost about a cup size from 38DD to about a 38D. I was bigger on the left before. Right now I am much bigger on the right. I had a large scab on the left nipple. It healed nicely, but the true color is not restored yet. The scar around the nipples and down the breasts is very thin. It is still puckered underneath the breasts. The back is pretty smooth. It has been painful partly because my bra band rides up into the incision and partly pain in general in my breasts and in my axilla and back. The second week was hard. I retained up to 14 pounds of fluid. Dr. K. said I was doing too much and to cut back on salt. I wanted to tell him the only thing I was doing was riding to see him. At about 12 days out, Dr. Kreiger gave me two tiny doses of Lasix at my request and I slowly peeded off the fluid. I am now a few ounces below my lowest weight.
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