I had about a 3 inch opening and another 2 inch opening. I was instructed to pack the areas and then removing the proud flesh that was forming. The 2" hole eventually closed up, but the bigger opening got to a certain point and then stopped healing; therefore, 3 months after the original surgery my surgeon went in and put in a new drain and reclosed the area. She said that it would eventually heal, but after 3 months of packing the woulnd I jumped at the opportunity to have her close it. Although I was relieved to not pack the wound anymore, the drain apparently was sitting on a nerve b/c what was supposed to be a "pain-free" and right back to work. I spent several days on the recliner until the drain was removed! (Thank God it was only a couple of days and not weeks like the original drains.)
I may have had a few extra potholes along the way, but the journey has been good!
RNY- Christiana Institute of Advanced Surgery - Dr. Peters 8/09
Medial Thigh lift & Brachioplasty - Dr. Macrea 7/2011
LBL - Dr. Joseph Michaels (Sibley Memorial) 12/22/2011
Upper Body Lift with Mastoplexy - Dr. Joseph Michaels 12/20/2012