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Radiogirl
01-04-2010, 07:58 PM
Hey Ladies,

Have any of you had breast implants? I had them done about 4 years ago, and at the time they compensated for my scoli, by making one a little bigger than the other. I am wondering after my scoli surgery if I will be lopsided (this time on the front and not the back! haha!)

Laura

Doodles
01-04-2010, 09:36 PM
No, I haven't but I'd sure like to. I've always been way off. My right side had the big curve and was about a literal cup size smaller than the left. I thought maybe surgery might make it magically even--not so. I don't know that I've seen this topic before but I imagine this must be true of others too. Janet

sccrm08
01-04-2010, 11:34 PM
I have not had that surgery but I was definitly different sizes before surgery and am one of the lucky ones I guess because after surgery they are almost the exact same size. Bras actually fit now.

I beleave txsmarinemom had breast implant surgery before her scoli surgery, you may try running a search. Good Luck.

jrnyc
01-05-2010, 02:19 AM
Hi everybody
there were a couple of threads about this from several years ago, from before i even knew about this forum....if you do a search you might find the old ones...

i had asymmetrical breasts...didnt even know it was from scoli (when i was a teen i just thought i was a freak!)..had an implant done (saline) on one side only, around age 22.......developed problem about 10 years later...finally had it removed a few years after that.....after it was removed, i looked almost symmetrical...very very little difference...dont know why...maybe i had matured..dont know

havent had back surgery...yet...

happy new year to all
jess

Doodles
01-06-2010, 02:36 PM
Patty--
You're now the same size? That's great. Did this happen right away or does it take a while. I'm afraid 9 months out is too long & I'm out of luck. Darn! I was hoping that would be a nice little added extra--literally. Janet

sccrm08
01-06-2010, 11:11 PM
I did not put a Bra on for several months after surgery and when I tried they were to big....I lost about 20 or 25 pounds so I am sure that had something to do with it. But when I went shopping I needed a smaller size and it actually fit on both sides:)

JamieR
01-22-2010, 08:58 PM
I have implants. Both are the same size and they looked exactly the same after my surgery, still perfect!!

JamieR
01-22-2010, 09:00 PM
Now that I am reading more on everyones posts, I work with a lady who also has scoliosis and hers are different sizes. I never thought it had anything to do with her back but maybe it does since so many seem to have that same problem.

jrnyc
01-23-2010, 12:34 AM
yup...it definitely does...wish somebody had told me that when i was a teenager!! :rolleyes:

jess

loves to skate
01-23-2010, 10:30 AM
I think if you were to do a survey, you would find that the same percentage of women in the general population have one breast larger that the other. I have always had one larger than the other and never had scoliosis as a young woman. Also, my scoliosis is primarily lumbar, so that couldn't affect the breasts. I would imagine with a thoracic scoliosis it could affect the musculature on one side and make that breast appear larger and that might be why once you have a good correction, they would even out. Just a guess.

Sally

jrnyc
01-23-2010, 12:38 PM
beg to differ....i have seen it again & again with scoli...for years! & though my lumbar is way worse, i still have 40 degree thoracic..just enuf for problems!!

jess

loves to skate
01-23-2010, 04:36 PM
Jess,

Just what are you begging to differ on? That women without scoli don't have unequal breasts? I am confused by your statement.

Sally

txmarinemom
01-24-2010, 10:49 PM
Hey, Laura ...

I did have saline, submuscular implants placed 7 years before my fusion surgery: Mine were also done the same way (one overfilled). I also wondered if I'd forever be following one boob around after I had my back fixed. :)

As Sally pointed out, it's not just scoliosis patients with asymmetry, and I think everyone's *far* more conscious of our own perceived "defects" than anyone else.

One of MY main concerns after surgery is that my plastic surgeon adjusted ...

(psst ... everyone can tune out now who fears TMI - laff!)

... his work to compensate for one nipple that was 1" lower than the other, pre-op. What effect a straighter spine would have on that, disturbed me. I had visions of Marty Feldman on my chest ...

Gravity worked it all out after fusion (maybe immediately, but at least by the time I cared to look in the mirror), and it wasn't an issue.

My "job" is still fine ... no worries!

Pam

LynnMarie74
01-25-2010, 08:42 PM
:D ahhh yes the boob question! I have implants...got them when I was 28...err,so that ecccchhh, 8 years ago! They've been nothng but fun fun fun for me and when I noticed they were "off" post surgery, I was mortified! I didnt realize it right away...it wasnt until about 3 months later.(thanks to medication and the simple fact I just didnt care what I looked like those days, which was not the norm for me) I was gtetting ready for work and caught a glimps of myself in the mirror. I think my exact words were " HOLY $HIT what happened to my boobs!!??" I think I may have also shed a tear! lol So, said "Paul, look at them, are they uneven" I get a blank look as he glared. I asked again"Stop looking at them that way, just tell me if they are even or not" He took another look, and said yes they were not even, the right side was down about an inch and smaller. I was CRUSHED! Turns out that the right must have gotten the very very small hole during surgery and that the doc placed it lower to compensate. So now that I was straight, well, they were crooked! DOH! The result? Re-Do...this past September. They are MUCH better now!! :D

Radiogirl
01-25-2010, 09:44 PM
Lynn!!! hahah!!! What a funny story!! I'm glad I thought of it before surgery so I won't have the "Oh Shit" moment you had in the mirror! haha! I'm sure I will have to face that down the road...maybe next year if I can live with them uneven that long! How does your back feel and look now? Are you happy you had your scoli surgery done? How long were you out of commission, off work, unable to do your normal things? And...I don't know how to put this one...but how long til you could have uh...you know....after surgery? My boyfriend doesn't realize the extent of this surgery, and thinks it's something I will be recovered from in six weeks....I don't know about that! I might start another thread asking the sex question, if I can get my nerve up to do that!????

Radiogirl
01-25-2010, 09:54 PM
Pam!...You are soooo funny! "Marty Feldman"! hahaha!!! I'm so glad yours evened out! I so hope that is my situation! You are my inspiration here, I hope you know. When I first found this forum I read how you had a miraculous recovery! :) I'm glad to hear that you are now 2 years post surgery! CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ANNIVERSARY!!! Are you still happy you had your surgery? Have you found anything that you can't do that you used to do? I can't wait to be through this and back on my feet! I am not going to like not being able to work out!!! I love that you did a 5k so soon afterwards!!!!

Laura

txmarinemom
01-25-2010, 11:24 PM
When I first found this forum I read how you had a miraculous recovery! :) I'm glad to hear that you are now 2 years post surgery! CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ANNIVERSARY!!! Are you still happy you had your surgery? Have you found anything that you can't do that you used to do? I can't wait to be through this and back on my feet! I am not going to like not being able to work out!!! I love that you did a 5k so soon afterwards!!!!

Laura

Laura, I am SO thankful my life is no longer consumed by thoughts of how badly my back hurts. That was my life - every single day -from age 10 to 39. I'd have the surgery again in a heartbeat.

There is nothing I can't do post-op. I'm back to playing softball and sliding .. wakeboarding (as soon as the water warms up) ... yoga ... rolling over backwards into a "bicycle" ... and even rolling over in a somersault.

Just remember the lag in activity is temporary: Be patient, and work the areas you *can*. It'll come back.

Pam

LynnMarie74
01-26-2010, 12:25 PM
Laura,
I thought some of you would enjoy that post! lol Getting to your questions: My back looks, well, straight. My surgeon did a fabulous job w/the incision, as the scar is very thin and unless you are looking for it, or are close to me, its not overly noticable. I still have a little rotation, how..Im not certain, Pam maybe you know? Yes, I am glad I did it, and I have no regrets...except for not doing it sooner.(I wimped out about 2 yrs ago!) I was out of work for 12 weeks..which was plenty to be honest. I probably could have gone back part time about 8-10 weeks but my company was nice enough to pay me full pay for the 12, so why not, right? I did physical therapy about 6 months in and truly it made a BIG difference in everything. They thought me how to walk, how to stretch, what excersises I could do, and not to be afraid of breaking my self, which really was a concern at one point. After a month of the PT, I was very confident and im my eyes, was back to my old self. As far as $ex.....well, according to the take home package they give you post op(instructions, etc) it said after 4 weeks. I just about pee'd myself!! My husband of course, was the one who found this tid bit of info. I explaned that clearly a male who's never had the surgery wrote it, and to disregard it. I actually took a sharpy marker and "x"'ed it out! lol W/O sharing too much, I want to say that it was about 5-6 weeks post op that I decided to try. It was a gradual process and an area that was/is important to us as well. Like everything else, you really do re-learn how to do things & make it work. My advice, take your time, be patient, relax and have an understanding w/your boyfriend. It will all work out in the end, I promise! :) I hope that helped. If you want to email me at my home address its: lynnz74@att.net. I dont mind talking about whatever....I had all the same questions and didnt quite know who/how to ask! We are all here to help

hugs!

Lynn

MitoMom
01-26-2010, 01:13 PM
Well just when we all got the adolescent posts figured out so we don't post there by accident, now we need a disclaimer for this thread so the adolesceents don't read it.

After all, we don't want them thinking they can..:D..until way, way after their surgery....like when they are 42!:D:D

At least that's what all their Daddies want them to think, right?

jrnyc
01-26-2010, 04:03 PM
Hey Sally
sorry i didnt write sooner...am out in CA for 4 days to see dr anand..havent been on internet..am now on hotel computer...so i apologize if the print is small, cause i dont know this computer...

i meant i disagree that it isnt more common with women with scoli, thats all i was disagreeing with...every woman i meet with scoli has had asymmetrical breasts...i would say 4 women personally that i have known...i realize it can happen with other women without scoli, but i bet it is way more common with scoli..thats all i was talkin about...thats my opinion, anyway..i havent taken a poll, though i wish scoli surgeons did!

will write about dr anand after i get back to east coast thursday nite...

take care
jess

txmarinemom
01-26-2010, 04:28 PM
... I still have a little rotation, how..Im not certain, Pam maybe you know?

I think our remaining rotation is simply because we weren't 100% corrected, Lynn. It seems logical since we have residual lateral curvature (15 for you, 20 for me), there's also some "untwisting" they weren't able to achieve.

Regards,
Pam