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Old 10-11-2010, 08:51 AM   #11
 
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Hi Robyne! Yes, I had mitral valve prolapse in addition to an atrial flutter. The mitral valve was repaired, and my surgeon decided in the OR to opt out of a maze procedure at that time for two reasons: 2) my flutter was faint and he said there was a greater risk I would come out needing a pacemaker if we took such an aggressive approach and he didn't want to risk it, particularly because 2) he suspected my flutter was a result of the degenerated valve and that with time, the repair would also resolve the flutter. No flutter since February, but that is still an ongoing observation. I'm sorry your friend had to endure this surgery as well, and multiple times--oh my!! It was not a fun experience, to say the least, but I've certainly earned a tremendous amount of respect for anyone who has undergone this. Hopefully he is all better now!

Anyways, I am looking forward to your PM and am also wondering how you guys are able to predict tha a revision would already be probably at some point when I've yet to even undergo the primary...am I missing something here??


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Old 10-11-2010, 08:58 AM   #12
 
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Yes, the young man I mentioned is better than ever! Strong as an ox! He had to have multiple revisions to the procedure because he was so young and so little was known about it at the time. Like I said, he was the youngest person to ever undergo this procedure.

You didn't "miss" anything about the revision, it's just that as la_angel stated, with tip reduction, revision rhinos are common. Not necessarily every single time, but more often than not.

I will PM you today at my earliest convenience. Talk soon!

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Ok--On a totally diff note that we can prob discuss over PM as well, may I ask how old he is now? I ask because I was not THE youngest, but certainly one of them, and noticed there was not much info or support systems specifically for young victims going through this. I have talked with my cardiac team about possibly creating some type of organization or support system for patients like him & I. If it sounds like anything he may be interested in participating in, that would be fantastic! We can take it to PM though since that is off-topic

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Ohhh BTW Feretti.. my surgeon doesn't do computer imaging.. just remembered you asked me about that.. Though I am curious to see what results I can expect.. I would post some pics but I dont have a digital camera.. I need to make that a priority. Perhaps I'll buy one of those disposable cameras but I know the overall quality on those isn't that great and of course the need to get the pictures developed..

I was wondering, did you have to pay for your medical exam to see if you could get the surgery ? If so how much did it cost you ?
My surgeon wants me to get a medical check up just to be safe, even though I have a clean medical history.. but if anything at least he's taking the proper precautions.

Also did your doctor recommend a chin implant size ? My doctor recommended a medium size implant.. I hope that size is suitable because if anything I want a chin similar to actor Brian Austin Green, and he has quite a strong chin. I'm planning on getting the square shaped implant, just my preference. Do females prefer guys with squarer chins ? I know it's probably not a deal breaker, but just curious..

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If you mean the surgeons' consultation fees, I paid $200 each. But I did not pay for any medical exams for surgery clearance no. Since I am pretty frequently and thoroughly monitored by my cardiologist, I just had them send my file over and that was sufficient. They regularly do all the same lab work, ekg, chest xrays, etc, that the surgeons order pre-op.

Regarding implant size, everyone has suggested I go with a medium size and I agree. Not sure if there's a specific size label to reference, but something that gives me the projection I'm lacking but still looks feminine. Funny you should mention brian austin green, because I've actually always really admired his bone structure for a male. If that is what you are aiming for, I think it will look great. Especially with the square shape. As you said, not a deal breaker, but definitely a very handsome look on the gents!!

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Thanks for the reply.. Feretti

I spoke to my surgeons office today, and they told me that I would need lab work done, but I plan on getting my surgery in February so I have plenty of time.. I suppose my insurance wont cover that cost, but I think I remember my surgeon saying it would cost about $200.

I'm going to have one more consult with my surgeon regarding the implant and rhinoplasty. I want to show him some pictures and let him know I'm wanting the square implant. This way there's no misunderstanding on what I'm looking for.
Can't wait to just get this done already, been waiting about six months now since my consult..

Btw .. from your pic you already appear pretty.. I could only imagine how good you would look after your surgery.. not that I would tell you that you didn't need the surgery because of course we need to feel comfortable with who we are..

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I think for sure you should take in pictures, because that is the only way to insure you are on the same page about your aesthetic goals. As a side note, another male actor who has what I think is an amazing square chin and jawline is a random guy name casper van dien. You can google his pics if you like and see what you think.

Also, thanks for the compliment I don't feel ugly by any means, but you know everyone has their one spot that they are always aware of and for me that has always been my chin. I liked my front view, but every so often when I would catch my profile in a picture or something it made me cringe. I always knew I wanted to have it fixed one day. The nose I actually never gave a second thought to until about two years ago...call me crazy but I feel like it's become more bulbous recently and migh as well deal with both while i'm in there. I'm not trying to look like a different person, and plan to not even mention I'm doing anything if I think I can get away with it...just would like to look like a better version of myself.

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Ok--On a totally diff note that we can prob discuss over PM as well, may I ask how old he is now? I ask because I was not THE youngest, but certainly one of them, and noticed there was not much info or support systems specifically for young victims going through this. I have talked with my cardiac team about possibly creating some type of organization or support system for patients like him & I. If it sounds like anything he may be interested in participating in, that would be fantastic! We can take it to PM though since that is off-topic
He was 21 when he had his first operation. I will PM you now!

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Yeah he does have a nice square chin, I think I'll bring his photo along my consult also.. Thanks for pointing him out..
I feel the same about just tryin to make an improvement and not a total change.. Actually it wasn't until I was 18 that my features started to change for the worst.. I mean I get compliments from girls sayin I'm really good looking but like I mentioned I want to be comfortable in my own skin and I'm not quite there.
It's good to hear that your considering the same procedures also.. at least I have someone to relate too. I dont plan on telling anyone either.. the only people who know is both my brothers. I don't plan on telling anyone at work unless I need to ask a coworker friend for a ride after surgery as a last resort.. but I feel like he would keep it secret. But it could be tough to find a ride since it's a 3 1/2 hour drive..

Have you got an idea when you want to have your surgery done ?





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Yes, it is nice to have someone to relate to on this. I'm not certain exactly when my surgery will happen. I'm getting married in March and obviously need as much healing time as possible before then. I am trying to shoot for first half of november sometime, but I am still not 100% sold on either of the surgeons I had consults with and that is my hold up at this point. I'm going to spend this week researching some others and see what I come up with. I am particularly concerned now with the mention that if I have tip work I will likely need a revision rhino too...still confused about that one...

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