Anonymouse, why did the doc say your daughter was not a good candidate? Sounds like she is the exact candidate this surgery is intended to help! I wonder if you shouldn't seek a second opinion? I am so sorry you have to go through the suffering both of you are obviusly going through! I had no idea so many people suffered this way! If it makes you feel better, my son's doctor (soon to be doctor? -- actually his nurse -- as we haven't had consult yet. First appointment is for Monday. This will be our second opinion.) says surgery takes about an hour, 4 hours later he can go home, with drains in place. Return 2-3 days later for drain removal and check on wound. Return 7-10 days after that for final follow-up. He says after drains are removed, no creams, no bandages, no drainage, just keep it clean and dry (dry with blow dryer after showering.) He said he could return to more-or-less normal activity within a few days of surgery! Actually said early-on, they want them to sit on the wound, as it pushes fluid accumulations out so flap adheres better. So sounds like 2 weeks, start to finish! If school doesn't start until the 29th, you have plenty of time! Can anyone out there who's had this done verify this?