Will you see another surgeon? It seems that if you've had 3 done by the same surgeon, no matter how wonderful that surgeon is, it would be worth considering a different surgeon for your next procedure. You might want to seek out a center, because your situation is very unusual, and you will want to find the absolutely most experienced surgeon you possibly can.
Yes, the recovery is very similar with the TIF...the only difference really is the lack of external incisions.
I wish you all the best. You've been through way too much.
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