Posted on: May 22, 2010 02:35 PM, edited Mar 27, 2011 04:14 PM by MsSherryInFL
I know there is a NOLA thread but I think that the docs in Charleston SC ROCK! So if you have been there, thinking about it, or already have it planned post away. Quite a few of us have BTDT. Lets also keep this running with past and future surgeries : )
Journey: March 24 Stage 2A w/ Dr Massey
Sandy: June 13 Stage 3 w/ Dr Massey
Joni: June 28 Stage 2B/3 w/ Dr Massey
Liz: July 15 Stage 3 SGAP w/ Massey
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May 23, 2010 03:26 AM MsSherryInFL wrote:
I had a WONDERFUL experience! I am so happy I choose to go there. Drs Craigie and Kline are amazing! Their entire staff WONDERFUL! I had my surgery done at East Cooper and it was also GREAT! They have such passion and skill that I will forever be tooting their horn and will be supporting and helping anyone I know to go check them out! Gail is awesome! She brought me in some towles so when I lay on the beach sporting the new breasts I can say where they came from. Honestly they could tattoo their names on me for all I care.
May 23, 2010 07:08 AM LizR wrote:
Sherry: Thank you for starting this thread. I had a bilateral SGAP in Charleston with Dr. Massey with Dr. Kline assisting 6 weeks ago. I am very happy with my results and feel very blessed to have found Dr. Massey and this amazing team of micro-surgeons that have set up shop in Charleston and I highly recommend anyone considering microsurgical reconstruction to research these surgeons. Liz
May 23, 2010 12:12 PM MsSherryInFL wrote:
I am hoping we can keep this bumped so people learn that they do have choices. Massey, Craigie, Kline all are top notch and so is their staff! Hopefully those of us that have BTDT can help those in decision making!
May 23, 2010 12:53 PM bennetts1 wrote:
I went to Charleston and had unilateral DIEP by Dr. Massey with Dr. Kline assisting. My results are absolutely wonderful! These micro-surgeons from Charleston are very talented! I did many months of research before I had my surgery performed in Charleston by Dr. Massey, and I am very confident that I made the right decision! If anyone has any questions about my experience, please send me a PM and I will be more than happy to talk to you!
May 30, 2010 04:45 AM jeskachi wrote:
You can add me to the list. Stage 1 SGAP in November with Massey and Kline, Stage 2 scheduled for Sept. 15 with Dr. Massey. I had a great experience with the doctors and nurses. My surgery was at Roper, which was great, but I've heard the new hospital (East Cooper?) is really fabulous.
May 30, 2010 04:53 AM MsSherryInFL wrote:
East Cooper was amazing!!!!! Every person that I came in contact with was fantastic and food not bad at all. The hospital is gorgeous. What are you planning to have done for stage 2?
May 30, 2010 05:24 AM LizR wrote:
Sherry - I am scheduled for my SGAP Stage 2 on Monday, July 26 (same day as Sandy-Bennetts1) at Roper Hospital in Charleston with Dr. Massey. Not quite sure what I am having done because I still have 1 drain which may delay work on the donor site. Ideally, I would like the breasts touched up (maybe a little smaller on the sides and a little fuller in the center, if that is possible); nipple on reconstructed site; butt lift and lipo on legs. It sounds like a dream to me because I have wanted lipo my entire life and now the fat can be used to even ot the reconstruction - wow! Liz
May 30, 2010 05:31 AM MsSherryInFL wrote:
Liz I am looking forward to the lipo. Always wanted it but never thought I would have it especially with the perk of having it help our reconstruction! So how long will you be from stage 1 to 2? I am waiting 6 months. I want it done in this year for insurance but want enough time for things to settle. Especially since I had the DIEP prior to the SGAP.
May 30, 2010 06:00 AM jeskachi wrote:
I'm not sure what I'm having done. Maybe a little breast lift. I have a dent on the right donor site but I'm not sure if I need a lift or just lipo. Definitely some lipo on the sides to smooth things out. Maybe a little scar correction at the outside ends of my hip scars. Other than that, probably not a lot. I'll probably do nipples in a stage 3.
May 30, 2010 06:04 AM MsSherryInFL wrote:
Sounds like a plan to me! I kept both my areolas and nipples bt 1 side the areola is so faded and niple almost gone that I think stage 3 I am going to have that side recreated to match the side that looks good.
May 31, 2010 04:51 AM Better-Body-Babe wrote:
Sherry-- this thread is a great idea! I, as you, am anxious to toot the horn of Drs. Kine and Craigie in Charleston! I had DIEP March 29 and am doing great. Stage 2 will be sometime in the fall. My bosoms aren't big-- same size they were, but my tummy is flat and I look better in a bathing suit than I have in years. But you are so right about the culture of their office. I work with physicians around the country and this office is like none I've encountered. Smiles, compassion, respect-- and it's all very genuine. I live in Charleston-- so for anyone scheduled for surgery with Drs. Kline and Craigie, just let me know if you'd like a visitor from one of their success stories.
May 31, 2010 04:57 AM MsSherryInFL wrote:
I can't wait to be able to wear a bathing suit and go floating in the pool. A few more weeks! I just wish I could find a way to get more people to check them out.
Better-Body I am hoping for November or Dec. I wanna plan it during a holiday break.
May 31, 2010 05:05 AM, edited May 31, 2010 05:05 AM by jeskachi
Where have you guys stayed in Charleston for surgery? For stage 1 we found a nice rental room attached to a private residence downtown, owned by someone who happened to be a bc survivor (and she introduced me to CharlestonGirl), so it worked out well. But I'm thinking of staying at the Best Western this time, just to make things easier all around since it's right across from the hospital. Also cheaper, they quoted $80/night for Roper patients. We don't want to rent a car, so downtown works the best for us. Where have you all stayed?
May 31, 2010 05:08 AM MsSherryInFL wrote:
We stayed at Hampton Inn because my husband travels so much he had free points. My surgery was not at Roper but still a good 15 minutes away from hotel. If you have time try for the Hope Lodge. I may do that next time. If I get enough notice. No charge at all.
May 31, 2010 05:24 AM Better-Body-Babe wrote:
The Elliot House is my favorit place downtown. So very Charleston-ish. Nice courtyard. They serve cookies in the evening. I hear they give you a discount if you let them know you are there for a medical procedure, but haven't confirmed that. Jeskachi-- if you're having your procedure at Roper Hospital you can go to their website-- go to the directions and map tab, and then travel. It will give you a list of hotels in the area and which ones have shuttles. That might help.
May 31, 2010 06:55 AM bennetts1 wrote:
We stayed at the Hawthorne Suites both before and after surgery. The medical rates were $69.00 a night and after I left the hospital we got the handicap room which had a built in shower seat which made showers so much easier. Our GPS showed it was 5 miles from the hospital, but once we got there, my husband spent the night with me, so we we did not check back into the hotel until after I checked back out. It was a very nice hotel!
May 31, 2010 07:47 PM AnneW wrote:
I stayed at the Best Western for Stage 2. It was convenient, and has a restaurant right down stairs. Hope Lodge was not available for my Stage 2, but I was lucky to be able to stay there for Stage 1.
Jun 1, 2010 08:47 PM SallyC wrote:
I will forever be a fan of my Charleston(Mt. Pleasant) docs! The whole practice is just special... with Gail at the helm. The office staff, the nurses, PA-Christina & Drs. Craigie & Kline... all unbelievable! I had a mastectomy in Dec.08 then had the other mastectomy & bilateral DIEP Flap at East Cooper Med Center in June of 09. East Cooper is a small hospital (now a brand new facility) & is so convenient. I am still in awe of the care & results I received from the specialized flap team. 5 weeks after my stage 1 I was on the beach in a bathing suit & actually happy with how things looked & no real breast tissue to worry about!
Dr. Craigie did my surgery with Dr. Kline. They are specially trained & highly skilled plastic surgeons that could command "the going price" up front like some of the others that I checked in to but are willing to work with you & your insurance co...thank you Gail for so much!
If anyone has specific questions, don't hesitate to ask.
Jun 2, 2010 03:36 AM MsSherryInFL wrote:
Sally I had the same team and you are correct Gail is AWESOME! Christina is also super great. I email her all the time and she answers quick! Today is my 3 weeks. Hoping next week I am drain free and cant wait to go back to the beach.
Jun 2, 2010 05:52 AM SallyC wrote:
What amazes me is that you know they have many patients but you always feel like you are the only one. I don't know how they do it! I would be in there whining about some little thing when you know they have other major things going on. They always made me feel that my issue was important. Christina HAS to regret giving me her email but she always responded promptly. Each & every one of them is the real deal... genuine & down to earth ( even the "rock star" surgeons).
There is no better feeling than to be "drain free". Good luck! I look forward to keeping up with your progress.
Jun 2, 2010 10:38 AM lovetosail wrote:
I posted the following in the DIEP 2010 thread and am re-posting here for you gals that are looking at upcoming DIEP surgery:
Prior to my DIEP surgery I had bought a "transition gown" from assist wear. These gowns come with interior pockets to hold drains. I was lucky enough to be discharged without drains, so I have no need for this garment. I never wore it, I did wash it so it is rumpled looking but did not wear it. It is a size small. See assistwear.com.qtrop.net/produ... for a drawing of the gown. In looking at the measurements on-line, you can see a "s" is really pretty roomy. It is pretty well constructed, and it is blue with a navy pattern on it. I'd be happy to give it away to one of you that are going to be having DIEP soon - send me a PM with your address and I'll send it out. It might be good luck - I was all ready for drains and then didn't have any - kind of like when you bring your umbrella with you and it doesn't rain.
Good luck with your surgeries!
Jun 9, 2010 07:46 PM jacee wrote:
Ladies....Just got a date for surgery in Charleston Sept 8th. Dr. Massey will do a left prophylactic mast with bilateral DIEP or SGAP. I had a great phone consult with her....she is just an amazing woman from what I can tell. She will be assisted by Dr. Craigie or Dr. Kline. I will have many questions for you all as things progress. Soooo thankful for you all.
Jun 10, 2010 04:13 AM LizR wrote:
Joni: I am 8 weeks out from a bilateral SGAP with Dr. Massey with Kline assisting. I waited 5+ years for reconstruction and am so thrilled with the results. I have met with many PSs during those 5 years and as soon as I hung up the phone with Dr. Massey, I knew I had found my surgeon and the perfect procedure for me. I kept my healthy breast which Dr. Massey augmented with one of the SGAP flaps and it is amazing how perfectly matched the breasts are (in size, shape) - these doctor's are incredibly skilled and real perfectionists. Like Sherry said, feel free to ask any questions! You made a good choice! LizR
Jun 10, 2010 09:04 PM lilmismuffit wrote:
I am also a Dr. Massey graduate...I am also almost 8 weeks out from a bilateral DIEP and you have picked an amazing woman as your surgeon. One phone consult and I made my decision to go with her. The women on this board are also amazing and will help you along the way!!!
Hi Liz!!!! Some even come and visit you in the hospital like Liz did with me!!! She and I were there at the same time!!!! Nice to meet people in person!!!!