Lupus and plastic surgery

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Purplebutterfly
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   Posted 3/15/2012 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello guys , I am new to this forum.
 
I was diagnosed wth lupus in 2005, and I have a quick question, Iam looking to get a surgery in colombia, I want to get the liponjection ( fat grafting, stomach and buttocks) Im looking around, asking for opinions from different doctors and they all tell me that it would be fine for me to get it if my rheumy says its ok and if my lupus is under control but there is a risk of my having a DVT :( , I have not see a rheumy in like mmmmm lets seee 2 years maybe? I have no insurance soo that is why , and I think I feel pretty good so I dont know I think for now I dont need to see him , but I am going to make an appointment just to get bloodwork done and see what he says, but back to my question blush  , Has anybody here got plastics surgery before? what kind and how was it? Please no rude comments.
 
Sorry for my English :)

misscali
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   Posted 3/23/2012 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Purplebutterfly,

I'm sorry, but I do not have any experience with plastic surgery, but I have had several surgical procedures due to Lupus, although, they have all been performed in the US. As with any type of surgery, my best advice would be to be very careful. You should definitely get a full blood workup by your Rheumatologist here in the US before you go, even if you have been feeling ok for the past couple years, there's no way to know whats really going on without seeing the results from blood tests. You should also make sure that you will be in very good hands with doctors in Columbia if you choose to go ahead with the procedure. Make sure that they know what medications you take and if you have any allergies to anything. It helps if you have had surgery before so that you know how well you do under anesthesia since it can be very dangerous. You can never be too careful when it comes to your life and your health.

Also, I do not want to offend you, but have you tried any other non-surgical procedures to get the results that you want? Maybe start with some light exercise that you slowly increase over time and also diet changes? It will definitely take longer and a lot of mental and physical persistance, but it might be worth it. You will also save a lot of money because you won't have to get any kind of surgery at all!

I'm sorry I do not know what your situation is and how important it is for you to have this surgery, but I have had 2 DVTs and they were both extremely painful...not only that but the surgery I had to try to correct one of them was like being tortured in an operating room. They had to keep me awake while radiologists dug thru my veins trying to bust the clot out with balloon angioplasties and medication that risked brain hemorrhaging. They tried to keep me comfortable, but it was not fun and I will never forget the pain. AND the clot was so bad that the surgery was basically pointless...I will have to be on blood thinners for the rest of my life and I am still living with the clot and a slightly swollen leg. Anyways, not saying this to scare you or influence you or anything, but maybe trying other things like exercise and diet first might be more mentally and physically rewarding than surgery and painful recovery?

hope you keep us posted and take care!

xx

kookla34
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   Posted 4/5/2012 10:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow... I cant believe what I am reading here. You are considering plastic surgery while having lupus? Bad bad bad idea. Even if your sugery's go well and your body doesnt decide to attack itself as foriegn objects. I cant imagine the recovery time on that with Lupus. When you have Lupus you just DONT recover like normal people. Ya just dont. I would DEF suggest atleast trying to pay for one blood test... even if its only a CBC. Do what you can to make sure your healthy.... lupus can be silent but deadly too. Sorry if that sounds harsh but if I was you I would hope someone would try to talk me out of it.

PS Maybe you can just call your doctor and ask them to call you in a blood test without an appt. Also I would thing whatever plastic surgeon would end up doing some pre op bloodwork and may not be all that happy about wheeling u into the operating room. Just a thought.Take care

Steph
Steph

Diagnosed SLE since 1995, Lupus anticoagulant, Class 4 Kidney disease, depression, seizures & a stroke.

kookla34
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   Posted 4/5/2012 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
AHHHH just read the end of your post. Glad your going to check with your rhematolgist with bloodwork. That is good! Also talk with him about your surgery plans and get his point of view.
Steph

Diagnosed SLE since 1995, Lupus anticoagulant, Class 4 Kidney disease, depression, seizures & a stroke.
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