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Well im all booked up for 18th October now big thanks to Spex and his help.

 

Im just looking at flight's and accomodation now but was wondering how long I need to stay in NYC for after my operation?

 

I was just gonna return the following day after surgery on the evening but would this be too soon ?

 

im arriving early saturdayand as ive been before was just gonna see a few sights and rest my appointment with DR feller is at 7.45am on Monday and my original plan was to get a return flight about 19:30pm Tuesday but is this to early?

 

I would just rather be a thome if i had any side affects rather than in NYC on my own :unsure:

 

Cheers for any help peeps :D

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If you're having strip, I would recommend staying a little longer. If you're having FUE, travelling the day after surgery won't be a problem.

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flying out the day after the transplant is possible but you may be better to stay an extra day,

 

also id recommend flying with virgin, and if you can get to checking early and get a seat upgrade, i just recently flew with them and got an exit seat , only cost £50, i could stretch my legs all the way out, it was awesome :D

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i flew out the day after surgery on both my strip ht's, and planning to do the same for my 3rd

 

didn't have any problems at all...

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All good Chew B) If you can hang on a couple more days then it will only make your return home more comfortable - Saying that i would say 80+% fly home the next day and have no issues whatsoever - personal choice.

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Thanks guys for the info.

 

Im having strip a HT but I may stay the extra day as the flight cost is the same with virgin I've only got an extra outlay for the hotel. Flew with Virgin a few times and I know if you express check in online you can actually select your seat at no extra cost :P

 

I may just spend the extra day in bed eating pizza and watchin DVD's lol :D

 

Spex, Im gonna take your advice and get back on the meds can you advise the best place to get proscar from ?

 

Thanks

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A good reliable cheap source is Dr Ashcroft - many UK guys get it though him and sveral wil vouch for him here, including myself.

 

Info on my site: http://www.hairhelp.myzen.co.uk/?q=node/7

 

 

Thanks mate just booked Hotel and flights so its just count down time i feel like a kid waiting for christmas to come round..... :lol:

 

Never thought id get so excited over hair PMSL :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Thanks mate just booked Hotel and flights so its just count down time i feel like a kid waiting for christmas to come round..... :lol:

 

Never thought id get so excited over hair PMSL :lol: :lol: :lol:

Getting your hair back IS exciting B)

 

Are you going to stay at a hotel in Great Neck?

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Thanks mate just booked Hotel and flights so its just count down time i feel like a kid waiting for christmas to come round..... :lol:

 

Never thought id get so excited over hair PMSL :lol: :lol: :lol:

Getting your hair back IS exciting B)

 

Are you going to stay at a hotel in Great Neck?

 

 

I managed to get a room at the Andrews for the time im there looks nice so at least I wont be bothered staying in there after the op. nothing worse than a grotty room and no energy to go out. :(

 

Ive been asked to do my blood test but what is the best way to go about it ??? Do i just pop my local GP and ask for a test or does it have to be a certain one i have to request

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Blood work

 

You will be required prior to a procedure with Dr Feller to have blood tests performed. You are required to provide test results for :

 

HIV

HEP B

HEP C

 

The easiest and cheapest way to get these performed is to visit your local G.U.M clinic - Run a google search for your local clinic. This is by far the best way in my and many others experience to have these test conducted. They will be able to perform the tests and provide you with a letter/certificate within 10/14 days and it costs approx £30 (for the letter)

 

Specifically ask for confirmation of the letter prior to the tests because without it the tests are pointless - You need the letter/certificate.

 

You can get the tests done at a same day clinic in London/Birmingham but believe it costs £200.

 

These results of your tests need to be faxed over to Fellermedical 2 weeks prior to your surgery!

Fellers FAX: 001 516 466 8356

 

Spex

 

 

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Blood work

 

You will be required prior to a procedure with Dr Feller to have blood tests performed. You are required to provide test results for :

 

HIV

HEP B

HEP C

 

The easiest and cheapest way to get these performed is to visit your local G.U.M clinic - Run a google search for your local clinic. This is by far the best way in my and many others experience to have these test conducted. They will be able to perform the tests and provide you with a letter/certificate within 10/14 days and it costs approx £30 (for the letter)

 

Specifically ask for confirmation of the letter prior to the tests because without it the tests are pointless - You need the letter/certificate.

 

You can get the tests done at a same day clinic in London/Birmingham but believe it costs £200.

 

These results of your tests need to be faxed over to Fellermedical 2 weeks prior to your surgery!

Fellers FAX: 001 516 466 8356

 

Spex

 

 

Once again thanks guys :D

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No worries mate. Thats what we are here for B)

 

 

Hi guys, Booked in to go my local GUM clinic tomorrow I have asked for a letter to confirm I have attended the clinic for theses tests and also confirmed with them that I will receive confirmation by letter of the results.

 

 

Am I right in thinking this is all I need :)

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Yes but make sure its printed on offical headed paper not hand written and MAKE SURE you only get tested for the blood work asked for not anything else. Talk to the doc who will talk to you prior to the tests and ask him to confirm you ONLY want testing for the ones you require. They notuoriusly fu@k it up. :huh:

 

Tests:

 

HIV

HEP B S ag

HEP C ab

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Yes but make sure its printed on offical headed paper not hand written and MAKE SURE you only get tested for the blood work asked for not anything else. Talk to the doc who will talk to you prior to the tests and ask him to confirm you ONLY want testing for the ones you require. They notuoriusly fu@k it up. :huh:

 

Tests:

 

HIV

HEP B S ag

HEP C ab

 

 

Thanks Spex ;)

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Well im all booked up for 18th October now big thanks to Spex and his help.

 

Im just looking at flight's and accomodation now but was wondering how long I need to stay in NYC for after my operation?

 

I was just gonna return the following day after surgery on the evening but would this be too soon ?

 

im arriving early saturdayand as ive been before was just gonna see a few sights and rest my appointment with DR feller is at 7.45am on Monday and my original plan was to get a return flight about 19:30pm Tuesday but is this to early?

 

I would just rather be a thome if i had any side affects rather than in NYC on my own :unsure:

 

Cheers for any help peeps :D

 

Hi Chewbacka, I did exactly the same as your planning ;) I arrived Saturday evening... had a good nights sleep... woke up Sunday and went sight seeing around the awesome NYC for the entire day. Monday morning was all ready for my new hair! and the next day my flight was at 4.30pm to come home, so i went and done some more shopping before heading back home :) ... you'll be fine the next day to travel home, I have done this several times and found it the best option before any swelling which may start to occur in a few days post op.

 

Good luck... I'm exited for you mate! I love NYC ...enjoy the sights! B)

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Cheers Badhair,

 

Went the GUM clinic today and got a letter not sure if its right though ????

 

Firstly they just wanted to give me a letter on plain A4 paper but I asked them to put it on headed. Then the lady forgot to sign it and rang me up to come back and get it signed and finally they never asked me for any money which i didnt realise until I was driving home ????

 

 

The letter says CERT B on it with my full details and confirming I attended and my results will this be satisfactory :unsure:

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You need to fax it or scan it over to the office ASAP in order for Dr Feller to check it over. Blood work is notouriously a headache so don't hold your breathe...

 

The Doc is the ONLY person who can inform you if its suitable ;)

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You need to fax it or scan it over to the office ASAP in order for Dr Feller to check it over. Blood work is notouriously a headache so don't hold your breathe...

 

The Doc is the ONLY person who can inform you if its suitable ;)

 

 

Cheers Spex gonna fax it over tomorrow, hopefully all is OK B)

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You need to fax it or scan it over to the office ASAP in order for Dr Feller to check it over. Blood work is notouriously a headache so don't hold your breathe...

 

The Doc is the ONLY person who can inform you if its suitable ;)

 

 

Cheers Spex gonna fax it over tomorrow, hopefully all is OK B)

 

 

Bloodwork all approved :D Glad that worry is over and im £30 better off :D Couple more questions before the big day I've read some people take their staples out themselves or go to a local GP ?

 

I think if i got drunk first and tried to take them out i'd probably remove and future donor hair instead of the staples themselves. Is it just the case I can book an appoitment with my GP and ask for them to be removed ???? Also I have some MSM tablets and was wondering do I start taking them immediately after the op or give it a couple of weeks before taking anything ???

 

I just read about Vicodin prescription ??? What do i need to do for this ???

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Hi mate

 

just book an appt to see the nurse at your local GP about a week in advance (make sure it is the nurse not your GP though!). I got back on Monday from a second op with Feller and having my staples out next Tues morning.

 

Vicodin - the doc normally gives you painkillers after the op I think?

 

MSM - I think you can take this whenever. Not sure there'd be any point in taking this before the op though and would be interested to know whether anyone's ever noticed any sped-up growth with it. I read somewhere that it's never been scientifically proven that it actually does.

 

I'm going to try using this shampoo. Skeptical whether it's a gimmick or not but worth a go!

 

http://www.fasthair.co.uk/

 

 

Good luck with the op mate - treat it as a little break and chill-out time :)

 

S

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Staple removal can concern some patients however its actaully quite simple and painless when done correctly. Most clinics will give patients a smal piece of equipment to enable a family member to remove the satples however if you can call into your local GP's (Doctors) then a nurse will be able to remove the staples very quickly for you as its a standard staple. If in the UK you can also call into an NHS drop in centre anywhere in the UK and one of the nurses will remove the standard staples - This is where i recommend all the UK patients go.

 

I would advise getting someone else to remove the staples rather than attempting it yourself as guys that attempt it...wish they hadn't.

 

Staple removal video made by Ian and Pete (Feller twins)

heres a video of pete taking my staples out, both me and pete have done this for each other and found it very easy.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95o9ieb8vLE

 

step 1. insert the tool under the staple, make sure that the staple is located in both of the fingers.

 

step 2. squeeze the grips until the staple is m shape, gently loosen grip to allow any hair to slip through the jaws and pull away.

 

note: have a tissue handy to wipe away any blood.

 

disclaimer. this is how we did it. we are not medically trained. this is to be used as a guide only.

 

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it's a doddle

 

painless

 

 

Spex, one question, as I'm having my 3rd HT, will my scar stretch any more than it has already?

 

how long would i have to keep staples in to ensure minimal stretching

 

i know last last time i kept them in for 14 days

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Chances are ur scar may stretch yes as everytime you have more laxity removed the higher the chance the scar will stretch, Stands to reason.

 

Leave staples in as long as you can bare them is my opinion.

 

Maybe remove half at day12 and keep others in a little longer

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strangely, my GP has requested that I "have a letter from the hospital" to have my staples removed, which has made me quite angry. Why on earth would I need a letter? Would they leave them in there to rust otherwise?

 

I'm just taking the instructions Dr Feller gave me.

 

Spex - never considered the stretching. I'm okay to have my staples out on day 11 from a 2nd HT?

 

Mr T - think I was unlucky. I remember the first time I had my staples out was quite painful. Think one of them got lodged. Makes my eyes water just thinking about it!! :blink:

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Spex - never considered the stretching. I'm okay to have my staples out on day 11 from a 2nd HT?

 

yeah - day 10 is genberally the day - if you can bare the staples a few more days roll with it B)

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Well guys im back and to say im happy is a complete understatement. :D

 

My initial start to my trip nearly ended in disaster when Virgin queried my name against the booking ???

 

Let me explain

 

Day 1....

 

On my last trip to NY I used expedia and did so again on this trip. However since my last trip I have had a new passport issued to me. Now this is where the fun starts my old passport had my middle name on and for some unknown reason which I did not query my new one hasn't so when i placed the booking with expedia they used all my old details online to book my seat. Upon arriving at Heathrow I could not scan my passport into the system so eventually after going from checkdesk to security and back several times they agreed to change my name on the booking but only after me producing my driving licence and cards with my full name on, the worrying thing was they then set doubts into my head over the ESTA by saying if I had quoted my middle name on the ESTA I may have trouble clearing customs :blink: After several calls to friends they checked ESTA for me and confirmed it does not ask for your middle name only your first given "thanks airport security" :angry:.

 

So with me now feeling a little better I decided to get some food and drink and sit down to eat, I open a bottle of coke to which it promptly sprays everywhere covering me "WTF" I had only walked 30m so I knew I had not shaken it. Anyway after being called down to board I got to the departure lounge only to be pulled to one side to be searched and my entire hand luggage sproiled across the desk and yes it was only me! Why?? because I had my ticket changed at the desk was the security mans answer ??????

 

Oh well lets get on the plane and get going I thought only customs can make my day worse now :unsure: How wrong was I. Firstly if I could of sat next to the biggest most obnoxious idiot on the plane then today was going be that day and woo hoo it was my lucky day, the guy was way too tall for the seats and told the woman in front at one point not to recline her chair as he could not move he then took all the arm rest space he could ordered 20 packs of sweets and crisps and just munched his lazy ass way through the flight, to make matters worse I couldn't get a seat upgrade as they had all gone but at least i had a aisle seat :P

 

Halfway through the flight I felt thirsty so decided to get my lucozade from my bag and guess what it sprayed everywhere! now cokes bad but sticky lucozade arrgh. After that it was just a case of sitting still not moving, talking or touching for fear of reprisal.

 

Touchdown ....

 

At last just customs to clear and I can get into my hotel get changed and over to times square.................. WTF :blink: Now I have been to JFK several times but the site that bestowed me on entering customs blew me away... 5 yes 5 planes had all touched down within minutes of each other and I have never seen so many people waiting to clear customs. All in all 3.5 hours later I cleared customs and rushed to get a taxi.. And guess what I couldn't get a yellow cab to take me to my hotel and the man taking booking told me to get a taxi off the man standing over there! I told him where i wanted to go and he quoted $65 dollars even though he had no idea where it was luckily I had wrote the directions down gave them to him and he got me there after driving past it twice, at this point I was so tired as it was 21:00pm and fed up I didnt have the energy or patience to argue so promptly paid him and scurried into the hotel.

 

The hotel itself is nice but I had booked in when a barmitzah was taking place... 1st night no sleep and constant banging and voices all night, great not only had my day been full of problems but now I cant sleep :angry: Oh well tomorrow is a new day.

 

Day 2....

 

For what little sleep I had I woke relatively early "still on UK time" I got my self ready went to grab my camera and it was not there :wacko: After headbutting the bed, wall and very nearly the TV i grabbed my phone and jacket and decided to walk to the doctors ready for tomorrow morning. The walk itself is not a bad one I had wrote the directions down and it took me around 25mins to get there. After finding it I decided to walk back to the hotel and get the subway which I was dreading. The subway station itself is about 30 seconds walk from the hotel and I was very surprised at how clean and nice the trains actually are I had visions of gangs with bandanas and knife weilding thugs "Thanks to all the movies " :rolleyes: but this was not the case. Now my day in Manhatten was not to go without issue, why should it as it would be completely out of context and my curse would not let me down half way through the day my phone died so no more photos could be taken. "great" Now I had pondered buying a camera from one of the many shops but the thought of my hotel room burning down and my dodgy camera plugged into the wall charging and finding out this was the culprit flashed into my head so I decided to just stroll and enjoy the sights and shop.

 

Day 3 .... (surgery) :unsure:

 

After the previous 2 days being a disaster I imagined walking into a dingy flame ridden room, Freddy Kruger standing there coaxing me into a chair with Edward scissor hands as his assistant with the grim reaper asking me to sign his autograph book. However this was not the case..... :D The only day I actually had any fear at all over was the most pleasent and nearly non-incidental day of my trip.

 

Dr Feller and his assistants made me feel so welcome and relaxed I was even chuckling to myself at one point whilst they was cutting my donor strip away as I kept imagining myself looking like Frankenstein! yes thats how insane i had become :huh:

 

My day was not to go without incident the only one being my anistetic had worn off I didnt realise you was not meant to fell them putting the grafts in, oh well it was only an hour or so of pain :blink: :blink: :blink: after me telling the nurses i couldn't stand the pain the doctor quickly visited me and explained i should not feel any pain at all and I could have as many injections as necessary to numb the pain.... So after around a dozen to the back of my head and the same to the top i was ready to go again. The doctor did advise me when giving the first round of injections that I did have a lot of scar tissue on the top and sides of my head from years of football and rugby which is why the injections wore off so quick. Anyway other than that and having to try and sit still for 6.5 hours when my surgery was over I have never been so happy to see what I actually saw.....................HAIR.... now dont get me wrong I looked like Fryer Tuck with a bad case of sunburn but I was really pleased and so much so I would of walked back to my hotel without a cap and not given a toss who saw me.

 

My whole day spent with Doctor Feller was a real pleasure and I was surprised at just how many people are interested in having HT's, in the time I spent there the Dr showed me off to several visitors and speaking with him after he told me around 10 people had visited him that day, if I could speak to those people now who had any doubts or fears I would say to them not to worry and go right ahead with it as it was the most memorable day of my trip as it was the most happiest I had felt in the time I was there.

 

Whilst discussing what ambitions I had for the transplant I told the doctor I knew I would not get back my birth hairline back, so I asked him based on the style of my hair to create what he thought would be a natural look and he did not dissapoint me. My donor area is very think and at one point the doctor joked I could sell it :D but this worked out well for me as the doctor actually gave me more transplants further back into my hairline than he actually drew on my head at the start of the day, during the surgery the radio was on and Dr Feller asked me to name the bands and songs for free grafts I got one right :unsure: however after sitting down with the Dr at the end he told me how many extra grafts he had actually given me compared to the 2700 I had actually paid for and I nearly fell off my seat , the doctor and I come to an agreement which I feel is only fair for the DR to comment on if he wishs too, but I was more than happy and as I sit here typing this Spex is right you cant stop looking in the mirror but for some strange reason maybe Im mad but I actually just cant help admiring both the Dr's and his assistants work even my girlfriend is amazed at how much hair I actually have and how good it looks and she is a hairdresser.

 

I was invited down to the surgery the following day to look at an FUE surgery but the previous days lack of sleep caught up with me and I slept in and so missed it, which I regret as the Dr told me I may not need another strip transplant but im already looking at filling in the front third leading down to the side burns by FUE.

 

 

So now its just a case of sitting back and waiting. So a big thankyou to everyone on here who helped with questions etc and most importantly to Dr Feller and his amazing team who not only take pride in their work but who genuinely care about you whilst there with them and after.

 

Simply amazing B)

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