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  • HOCM and breast Implants

    HI! My name is Marissa and I am the PROUD mother of 2 beautiful children.... Kayden Lucas, 6.... and Laila Noele, 13 months (diagnosed with down syndrome at birth). I have been considering for quite sometime now about getting breast implants, but I cant seem to find much literature online about the risks associated with the surgery if you have HOCM. I know its quite a surgery, but I had c-sections with both of my children and everything went relatively great.... and those are major surgeries! I had a few scary complications after my daughter was born (09/13/09) but I think that was more related to the fact that I developed mono the last month of the pregnancy, and they still had to do the c-section while I was still suffering from the virus and it made my entire body go haywire! But my body really just ended up healing up and getting back to normal all on its own (and with the help of a lot of prayer ) So now Im feeling GREAT! I take a very small dose of Verapamil once daily and I work full time and take care of my kids, one which is obviously special needs, go to church every Sunday and Wednesday, and have plenty of energy for the most part! Im still waiting on my Super Mom award! LOL But, my only complaint these days is that, after having two children, my "girls" just arent as perky as Mommy is anymore, and it leaves me feeling very self concious and its a total self-esteem killer I dont want anything over the top or too dramatic, I just simply want them back to where they were before the good Lord blessed me with my 2 babies. hehe I was considering them after I had my son, but NOW, after ANOTHER another child, this is a serious issue! lol And believe it or not, after two children, my body has managed to hang in there and allow me to still do a little modeling on the side, which is something I really enjoy, but I think I could do so much better and take it to the next level if my breasts werent so unsightly I feel like after having 2 children, Ive paid my dues and I really deserve this. And Im not worried about having anymore children b/c I had my tubes ties due to my HOCM. The doctors didnt want to take any more chances. They about ripped my head off when I came into their office pregnant for the second time. Hehe! I would just like to know if anyone else has breast implants with HCM and how everything went and what special precautions need to be taken?? Doe anyone have any experience with this?? Any answers would help so much! Thank you!

    -Marissa
    Marissa Sue

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    Re: HOCM and breast Implants

    Marissa, breast implantation is a tough surgery and any and all steps should be taken to avoid any surgery that is not medically necessary. I would not think that any surgeon who knows your history would be willing to take a risk on doing this type of surgery on someone with HCM
    Midge

    Diagnosed in 1977, Myectomy in 1981 @ Mayo Rochester
    ICD&Pacemaker 1996
    Heart transplant March 19, 2004 @ Mayo Rochester
    Mom of Kaye.

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      Re: HOCM and breast Implants

      You should read this string about ICDs and breast implants which as alot about folks with HCM having breast implants and the things that can go wrong:

      http://www.4hcm.org/forums/showthrea...reaSt+implants

      Bottom line: Bad idea for someone with HCM to have cosmetic surgery. Surgery involves risk and HCM elevates your risk. Complications that kill you are not worth having perky boobs. Best to be alive with ones that sag.
      Daughter of Father with HCM
      Diagnosed with HCM 1999.
      Full term pregnancy - Son born 11/01
      ICD implanted 2/03; generator replaced 2/2005 and 2/2012
      Myectomy 8/11/06 - Joe Dearani - Mayo Clinic.

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        Re: HOCM and breast Implants

        Well thank you so much for your opinions I didnt quite get the answers I was looking for, so I guess Ill try to get in to see my doctor and see what he has to say about it. This is just one of those tough decisions where I dont want to jeopardize my health or safety, but I dont want to be unhappy the rest of my life. And all the restrictions that my HCM puts on my life, makes me VERY unhappy
        Marissa Sue

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          Just an update 11 years later lol I spoke with my HCM specialist and he didn’t see any issues with an elective surgery based on my personal medical history. The plastic surgeon also had no reservations and was completely confident in performing a safe and successful procedure. I had the augmentation in 2005 and have been living my best life with “perky boobs” and no complications. I’m glad I didn’t allow strangers to scare me out of choices that affect my confidence and happiness and I decided to listen to the professionals instead ❤️ a diagnosis of HOCM is not a prison sentence and I think this forum should focus more on encouraging people to “responsibly” live their happiest and fullest lives despite their diagnosis, based on the limitations of their personal medical history, instead of lumping every HOCM patient together as one in the same and fear mongering and making them feel hopeless like their life is over before they’ve even been able to live. Just a suggestion.
          Marissa Sue

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