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October 27, 2011
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I simply had to share my excitement about this.  I'm getting 5 subdermal ribs put into my right arm on Saturday and I am super excited!  I just had to share :)   Anyway, I'll do my best to post pics when they're done and maybe include a bit on how the experience overall went as well, in case anyone is curious about such a procedure.

October 27, 2011
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Good stuff!Cool

 

I'm interested to know how you get on….

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October 27, 2011
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Can't wait to see, and hear about the experiance.

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October 27, 2011
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I can't wait to see and hear how it goes! Good luck :)

October 29, 2011
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luck!!! pictures!!!

October 29, 2011
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Thanks.  I'm stuck at work right now, just counting down the hours.  I'm a little nervous because I've never gotten this much scalpel work done all at once before but its going to be amazing when its finished.  The pain will be worth it in the end.  Besides, I'm not nearly as nervous as I will be in a few short months time when I go to get my tongue split. That's the one that causes me the most anxiety, part of the reason why I want to get it done early so I don't have that looming over me.

October 30, 2011
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Getting my subdermal ribs put in yesterday was a success.  It took nearly two hours to get all five ribs implanted into my arm and that's not counting the time it took to mark it up and clean it off.  Its amazing just how much pressure was needed in order to open the pockets and then push the implants into the pockets, especially for the larger ribs closer to the top of my arm.  Closing them up required three stitches for the smaller ribs and four for the larger ones. 

 

Two of the openings dripped blood for a few hours on the night I got them, though that eventually calmed down.  This morning my entire arm is super sore and swolen.  One of the openings that was bleeding last night bled a little more during the night but seems to have stopped since then.  I took one ibiprofin last night because it was in so much pain but haven't taken any since then.  I prefer not to take any painkillers unless it proves to be absolutely necessary. 

 

For healing, I've been directed to use medica wrap to wrap between the ribs with a decent amount of pressure, both to help with the swelling and to prevent the ribs from moving around.  DSuring the first 2-3 days I've been told that it is possible for the implants to shift, but after that it shouldn't be a problem.  I couldn't wrap them last night because the wraps just made the bleeding worse  I intend to wrap them shortly, however.  Aside from that, healing should be fairly simple, mainly a matter of drinking lots of liquids, keeping them clean and not banging them against anything.

 

That's been my experience thus far.  I will write an update when I feel one is needed.  I shall also post pictures once the swelling has gone down.  Even fresh and swolen, I am incredibly stoked with the results and can't wait until they're healed.

October 30, 2011
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Awesome stuff, thanks for sharing! (The pics looked amazing btw!). You are lucky to live near Russ, he's a genius!

 

I can understand why you might be reluctant to take analgesia, but bear in mind that ibuprofen is also an anti-inflammatory, which can actually aid healing. I'm a big fan of it after any mod where there's swelling.

How is it bleeding? From the area between the sutures? That doesn't sound right to me, as normal sutured wounds shouldn't have any significant bleeding (that's the point of sutures!). If that's the case i'd get some steri-strips and close those gaps, and dress the wound(s). You should be fine to wrap it then as directed. I'd also consider asking Russ for his advice.

 

And if you can handle 2 hours for these implants, your tongue will be an absolute breeze!

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
October 30, 2011
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It was bleeding from two of the wounds that were stitched up.  And by bleeding, I don't mean that there was a lot of blood or anything like that, just a very small amount that dripped from the incision sight on and off for the first few hours after getting it done.  It hasn't bled at all today so I'm not particularly worried about it and when I spoke to my artist about my experience thus far healing it, he didn't seem worried either.  So unless he's worried, I'm pretty sure there's no reason for me to be worried.

 

And yes, I am so happy I live near Russ, he certainly is a genious!  Its great that he's doing more touring now days so others can make use of his amazing talents.  Maybe I'm a little spoiled living in the same city as him because I never have to worry about how I'm going to get advanced mods done or when I want to suspend.  I just have to call him up and book an appointments so that's pretty great :)

 

From everything I've heard, it sounds like I'm probably making a bigger deal out of the tongue than I need to.  I just have  a bit of a phobia type thing to overcome when it comes to getting work done in my mouth.  Getting my venoms done years ago was bad enough, its just the psychological idea of a scalpel going through the center of my tongue that makes me shudder.  Of course, that's not going to stop me but I'll certainly be glad when it's finally done and I don't have to worry any more.

October 31, 2011
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Sorry if i misread regards the amount of blood!Embarassed Glad it's going well.Smile

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November 1, 2011
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Its day three after getting my subdermal ribs done and I figured I'd do a small update on how the healing is going thus far.

 

Both the swelling and bruising have started to go down a little bit, although the swelling is still pretty prominent.  All of the incision sites are nice and clean and there has been no further bleeding since the night I got the procedure done.  As far as pain goes, its still a little bit tender but definately not nearly to the extent it was the day of and the day after the procedure.  The main problem I'm having right now is that they are very itchy.  Although the itch factor isn't any more severe than healing a tattoo, there isn't much I can do to tend to it.  At least with a tattoo, it can be smaked gently for some temporary relief, so I'm going just a little bit crazy with the itchyness.  Aside from that, everything seems to be going well and I'll post another update in a few days time.

November 1, 2011
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Cold compress?

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November 1, 2011
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Would that help with the itchyness?  I swear I don't remember my horns being this itchy…

November 1, 2011
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It should help a lot Smile.

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November 1, 2011
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Thanks I will have to try that then :)

November 6, 2011
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It's been 8 days since I got my subdermal ribs done and I figured that I'd post one more quick update.

 

Swelling has continued to go down from day to day, though its still not completely gone.  I would say that its gone down by about 75% or so.  There is still a bit of bruising, especially around the larger of the implants, but that has gone down significantly as well.  As for level of soreness, while its been going down slowly but consistenly since I got it done, this is the first day that I've felt a hint that its soon to be gone entirely.  Tensing the musles on the arm by lifting things in certain ways or using the arm in certain ways still tend to hurt somewhat.  The itch has also gone down a fair bit, though not entirely.  The largest of the implants appears to have migrated slightly as one side seems to be a couple milimeters closer to the one before it than the other side.  However, we'll see how it is when the swelling is gone entirely.  Even if it does end up being slightly uneven, its hardly noticable unless you're actually looking for it.

 

I get the stitches taken out on Friday so I'll post another quick update then.  Overall I'm quite satisfied with the way they're healing and can't wait until healing is completed.

November 7, 2011
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I'm so excited for this I want to see pictures.

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November 8, 2011
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As soon as the swelling goes down all the way and I get the stitches removed I promise to post some pictures.

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