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    I am a transgender person and i need to have top surgery to remove my breasts. I am looking to go to university in September 2018 for a physiotherapy course. However it may not be possible to have the surgery before the course starts. I was wondering if any of you guys had any idea what it would be like to have surgery whilst at university.

    Thanks for any help you can give
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Hi

    I am a transgender person and i need to have top surgery to remove my breasts. I am looking to go to university in September 2018 for a physiotherapy course. However it may not be possible to have the surgery before the course starts. I was wondering if any of you guys had any idea what it would be like to have surgery whilst at university.

    Thanks for any help you can give
    Hi there. I had a laparoscopy while I was at university. I also had some health issues going on at the same time though so my uni attendance wasn't the best anyway.
    As far as what it's like goes it will obviously depend on the surgery itself and what recovery times etc are involved, but on the whole it's not all that different from being off sick.

    Make sure your uni knows you will be having surgery, give them a general idea of how long you will be out of uni for (you can base that on the recovery time for the surgery) and give them some sort of evidence (like your appointment letter or a doctors note).

    Try to sort out being giving the work for while you are away so if you're feeling up to it you can take a look at it while you're recovering or so you can look at it before/ after.

    Have somebody/s to take care of you and do things like bring you food and drink. I can not emphasise enough how important a waiter is when you're stuck in bed not feeling well. You might like to have the surgery done near home so your family can support you.

    If you have all that set up you just need to have the surgery, take some time to feel better then go back to uni and catch up on what you missed. That shouldn't be an issue if it's a short recovery time, but if it is longer or you expect you'll have some difficulty catching up then you can talk to your uni's student support team about a plan. You might be able to get some help from a study support person for a while or absolute worst comes to the worst you can always skip the rest of the year and start back later when it comes around again. There is always an option so have a chat with student support about it and work out a plan of action.

    So yeah it's really not all that different from being ill, except you have time to plan.
    Good luck
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    Anyone having surgery take Glutamine Powder - will speed up recovery and lessen chances of infection
 
 
 
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