First off read the whole thing - this was not now nor has it ever been a "vanity" surgery or cosmetic, this was about surgeries to make me whole again after a mastectomy. I am a 55 year old female living in Mesa, AZ who had a partial mastectomy in 1999 to get rid of chronic mastitis which I had to have drained and lanced a few times a year. It was agreed by the surgeon in 1999 that with my family history of cancer that it was best to do the mastectomy. In 2006 I started reconstruction in Illinois that, after 6 surgeries, turned out horribly. I developed infection after infection and instead of treating the infection the doctor kept stitching me up when I opened up and trapped the infection inside. After 6 months I finally went to my family doctor and he put me in the hospital for 3 days and put me on heavy duty IV antibiotics and it healed finally but left me horribly scarred – I keloid anyway but this was beyond even the keloid issues. The resulting scarring and capsular contraction left me horribly deformed.
When I attempted to contact the surgeon from my home I Arizona where I have lived for 7 years I found out she had died at her own hands performing liposuction on herself. Having no insurance I finally went to a surgeon in Tijuana – Dr Niebles in December of 2012. I just lost 70 pounds and felt it was finally time to have the hack job from 2006 fixed so I could begin to get on with my life. While he did an amazing job at the cosmetic part (at least to me it is better than what he had to start with) the incision opened
again and I got infected. When the infection healed I had a scab that finally fell off but when it did I discovered a 3 CM by 3 CM hole with my implant exposed. I went back to Dr Neibles and he closed the hole up on Feb 23rd. Within 3 weeks I had the stitches removed and the center part of the incision was not ready to have them removed but within a day they opened up also. I now have about a 5 CM by 4 CM hole again (about twice the size of a half dollar) with the implant exposed and bulging out and no hopes of doing anything with it other than leaving it open. I am now left with no money, no insurance and no one will touch me without insurance or a large amount of money which I don’t have. I lost everything
in 2008 – 2010 and as a professional woman with 3 degrees I was down to no food, no heat, running water and losing my home to foreclosure. I am finally just now recovering financially but I am nowhere near being able to afford to get anymore medical care. I don’t qualify for any programs in Arizona and I have tried them all. The one that I did qualify for referred me to a doctor on a sliding fee basis and he didn’t even bother to grant me an appointment, he just got the workup from the general practitioner through the county and had his receptionist call me and say he wouldn’t even see me because he was afraid of being sued!!! He wouldn’t even LOOK at me or any of my pictures! I own my own business which allows me to pay some of my past debts off but not enough to begin to afford to have this fixed. I am a fairly attractive 55 year old – 5’4” and 105 pounds, before I had this last reconstruction done I was 180 pounds and I lost all the weight before attempting to fix what the doctor in 2006 did to me.
My only option iht now is to have these totally removed and have a double mastectomy and be done with it all. Without insurance I found a doctor willing to reduce his rates but I still need to give him 8000 (approx) for his staff and operating room costs. I just want to get my health back and if it means removing my breasts and being a feak again then I will. The infection inside of me is killingme slowly and no docltlk to me or even give me any antibiotics. I have tried them all and I am at the end of my rope and truly at the end of all hopes.
As a side note I do a lot of charity work of my own, I spearhead two major motorcycle rides in the Phoenix area for Colon Cancer research and a major Marines Toys for Tots Ride – in the last year I chaired these rides which raised over 17,000 after expenses. I belong to the American Legion Riders and do a lot of volunteer work for the veterans and I do funeral escorts and welcome homes for our soldiers.
Is no one willing on this whole earth to help someone who is ill?
My breast incision is opening more and more every day and it's started to bleed, I am scared that one morning I will wake up nd find my breast has totally come apart in my sleep.