The first time I called Dr. Lussier I was in tears. I was scheduled to have surgery in two weeks with another doctor but he had just fired me for annoying him with too many questions about why he wouldn’t file my surgery with my insurance company. He said there was no use, they would never cover any of it. Turns out it was my lucky day! My cousin had just had surgery with Dr. Lussier a few months earlier and kept insisting that I was wasting my time until I came and had a consultation with him. I had already consulted with four other surgeons. The thought of having to disrobe and get pictures for yet another one, three hours away from home, who may or may not know what he was doing, who might painfully jab his finger into my umbilical hernia, well it just drained me to even consider. In a panic that my mother’s flight was booked and my husband’s time off work secured, I called Dr. Lussier’s office. The first person I spoke with was Lana and she instantly assured me that everything would work out and that a solution would be found.
Literally the next day I found myself a nervous wreck in his exam room waiting for him to come in and meet me. Just let me tell you that it is IMPOSSIBLE to feel awkward around Dr. Lussier. He is a huge bear of a guy with the presence of a sweet gentle boy. He sat down across from me, eye to eye, and suddenly realized that the solution to my problem was obvious.
After three babies my abdominal muscles had completely separated all the way from my sternum to below my belly button and I had a huge gaping umbilical hernia. Besides the chronic back and hip pain, I was being asked about three times a week if I was expecting again. Also, I had already had a breast reduction twenty two years earlier and my scarred breasts were a mess. So what does he say when I finally open my robe to get his opinion? “Oh wow, so you’re an athlete!” I just couldn’t believe that as bad as I looked and felt he was instantly able to see the real me. When I told him I had tried out for the Olympics as a teen a couple of times and my real goals were to be athletic again, he smacked his hands together in glee and said, “You’re going to be fun!”
He said that in his experience an umbilical hernia like mine was covered by insurance and perhaps the breast scars would be as well, all we could do is try and find out. Every time he spoke I just felt relief, hope and enthusiasm. He took me on a tour of his spotless and state of the art surgical facility that definitely exceeded my expectations. He made my day after my other surgery was scheduled available with so suddenly my plan was still on track!
Believe me when I say, I would travel a lot further than three hours to have surgery with Dr .Lussier. When I returned his call about last minute questions or concerns the night before surgery, his wife was super compassionate until Dr. Lussier came on the phone. The morning of surgery he exuded confidence, focus and introspection while drawing his map on my body. He spent the entire day putting me back together and did not let me out of his direct radar for an entire month. He made all of his numbers available to me and called me or my caretakers two to three times a day for the first two weeks after surgery. He even came to check on me in the middle of the night on the night of my surgery!
Dr. Lussier is confident, competent, a perfectionist, compassionate, highly skilled, funny, caring, supportive, excited about his work, a gentleman, cutting edge, intuitive, honest, gentle, extremely qualified, and most of all HUMBLE. I wish all surgeons had his demeanor. It’s a little unfortunate that you can’t go see Dr. Lussier when you have a cold or other common ailment because he and his staff have the positive qualities our medical system is lacking.
The insurance company ended up paying for a big portion of the surgery and you wouldn’t believe how great I look. Every other surgeon I consulted with said I absolutely needed to get implants and he never suggested it. When I said the last thing I wanted was implants he said, “OK, so don’t get implants!” My breasts look AMAZING. My tummy doesn’t just look flat and beautiful, the muscles actually work and the hernia is completely repaired. My dreams of being an athlete again will surely be my reality when I am all the way healed which is unbelievable considering how destroyed my abdominal wall was.
It had been a wild ride for sure and every single step of the way I have felt cared for by his fabulous staff and confident that I somehow got lucky and had the best surgeon out there fix me. Every time I have been on youtube after the surgery and see a woman describing her situation and showing her results, I am blown away EVERY SINGLE TIME at how much better I look than she does. I’m talking days after, weeks after, months after, mine ALWAYS looks far superior to anyone out there. Thank you Dr. Lussier for your hard work and expertise and I hope you know how much I appreciate your time and loving attention.