Day 31 – Just some tips (no pics)

I was asked recently by one of Dr. Rahal’s staff if I had any tips or what I would have done differently.  Below is my response to her (with a few modifications).

The one tip I would give all patients is to take at the very least 1 week off from work for multiple reasons. If you can take 2 weeks off, the more power to you.  Here’s a list as to some of the reasons why you should take some time off.

1.) I didn’t want to risk dislodging any grafts.  My belief is the less you’re outside moving around, you mitigate your chances of harming your recipient area.

2.) Your recipient area looks somewhat hideous.  Also, if you shaved your whole head, your FUT scar is noticeable and that’s not a sexy look. If you didn’t shave your whole head (like me), you look like Larry from The Three Stooges.

3.) The post op routine keeps you somewhat busy.  I was diligent when it came to spraying the saline solution every 2 hours.  If you’re at work it would be easy to forget this step if your day got busy.  The donor area could get itchy so taking a shower to clean it and reapplying Polysporin helped ease this discomfort.  I don’t think everyone has access to a shower at work.

4.) My sleeping routine was disrupted because I had to sleep at a 45 degree angle for the first 5 nights.  Plus, the FUT scar would itch and burn at times.  I needed that time off to nap during the day to make up for the sleep I lost the previous night.

5.) You just had a semi-invasive procedure.  Give yourself some time to heal in the comfort of your own home.

I wasn’t really caught off guard in terms of what to expect after surgery.  There are so many detailed blogs out there that it would be a crime to go into this surgery without some knowledge.  Of course, reading about a patients experience is a lot different when experiencing it for yourself.

If I had to do this over again, I would opt for FUE.  The discomfort of the scar and hiding it from everyone makes the healing process feel that much longer.  I just wish FUE wasn’t so pricey.

Comments

  1. Great tips! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

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