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12 things I wish I knew before tummy tuck surgery

  • 3 years ago

  1. It is going to take a long time to heal. I went in thinking I was going to be up and running in two weeks. What the heck….I am an intelligent woman but this was really stupid thinking. Please plan on taking a minimum of two full weeks off work and three to four if you can swing it.
  2. They tell you that you will have swelling…whoa. That is an understatement so hang tough.
  3. Your clothes won’t fit for a while so don’t think you are jumping into a pair of skinny jeans any time soon. So not going to happen ladies. I guess I had visions of the tummy being removed, fat being sucked out of my hips and running out to a party the next week. Dreamer….
  4. Do not…and I repeat do not weigh or measure yourself for the first 8 weeks. Your weight will most likely be up and you will be swollen and full of fluid for at least the first month. Well the swelling lasts for weeks so hang on tight.
  5. Do not eat Mexican food the day before your surgery! Totally stupid idea on my part. I got to the hospital and while waiting to be taken back my IBS kicked in. Holy mother of God…I really didn’t think I would stop pooping in time for the surgery. I had visions of being on the OR table, ready to be put under and screaming STOP. I need to go poop. LOL
  6. Please let people take care of you and wait on you hand and foot. Don’t be a hero and try to run any marathons or be super woman. Yes ladies we all know we can run the show and manager everything and everyone in our life….but not now! Just surrender to your care takers and heal properly! Oh yes; and if the spouse is not doing things the way you would normally do it just let it go. You can straighten everything out later. Nobody will die if you are not running the ship for a while.
  7. Eat a light diet the day before surgery; trust me on this one!
  8. They tell you pre op that you will have some discomfort for a while after surgery. That is a lie because it hurts like hell. Obviously the people telling you this have never had a tummy tuck. As long as you don’t laugh, cry, sneeze, take a deep breath, move, poop, try to push and pass gas or any other sudden movements you will be fine. Basically just lay in the bed and play dead for about a week and you will be fine.
  9. Ok the pain meds do a number on your system. Constipation sets in quickly and hurts like hell. Make sure you take Milk of Magnesia the day after surgery; or some sort of stool softener. It hurt so bad that I felt like I had an army of little men with swords in my belly. Miserable!!!! I was gripping the rails of my bed as if I was giving birth. This was the time I wished my IBS would kick in. All I wanted was a nice easy pooh.
  10. Three to five hours after you take the MOM your tummy will start to rumble. Please be near a bathroom and start heading there right away. I was moving so slow after surgery that it took forever to get anywhere. Well when the rumbling started I laid in the bed thinking I had time….hmm. Really I swear I am an intelligent person. I couldn’t run so this was going to be a challenge!
  11. Make sure you have all the necessary supplies on hand before the surgery day. You won’t be able to drive to get anything after. I will include a supply list shortly.
  12. Do not watch any funny movies the first two weeks. I made that mistake and it hurt like hell. You do not want any deep gut laughter for a while. My son laughed so hard watching me try not to laugh. I thought he was going to wet his pants laughing. Apparently the face of a woman in pain after a tummy tuck is quite comical to a teenager. The little shit!
If you have any questions please let me know.  You may reach out to me at Kimmers25

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This is a great list. I thank you for generously sharing your tips. I ask all my patients to take stool softeners - not laxatives - prior to and immediately following a tummy tuck for both comfort and result. You should also discuss pain control with your plastic surgeon as the pain described by some could, and should be avoided. Be well hydrated prior to surgery. eat well and get plenty of rest in the days and weeks before surgery. It will make a difference. Finally, I would add to PLEASE call your plastic surgeon;s office with any questions or concerns. Even if I have seen a patient one morning and the same afternoon an issue arises, I want to know. We are here to help you We want to know about any concern or discomfort you might be experiencing.
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Thank you kindly for your reply I will follow your advice :)
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Hi I am having tummy tuck surgery on Aug 13,2014 I must admit I am freaking out abit. I have Gastric bypass 5yrs ago and the access skin is a serious issue and I know I will be better for having it done but I can't help being scared of the pain and tubes and ect. I don't know what if anything anyone on here can say to me to help settle my nerves but if you can think of something I would greatly appreciate it :) p.s. I hope you all are doing well and have a speedy recovery.
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Lpac....I also had a bypass 8 years ago that left me with the apron belly. I had my TT with MR in March & it's the best thing ever! Just take care of yourself, like you had to do post-bypass & all will be fine. Good luck!
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Thank you so much for your reply I wish you well as also :)
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#13 - DO NOT read this when you are only 7 days po!!! OMG, I had to stop at #9 because I was laughing so painfully hard!! I will have to finish the rest when laughing is a bit more comfortable for me:)
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Hi Lpac Don't fret! I would imagine the bypass surgery is far scarier than a tt. It is largely superficial surgery. It is more surface based. No one is cutting or pulling anything deep within you. I'm six days post op now. I have swelling and am tight and a little bit sore, but I have no abdominal pain. My back is painful, though. You can't stand up straight, nor lie down flat to begin with. It takes its toll on your spine. To combat this, you just need to rest up and take your meds. Make sure you have someone to look after you and your children, if you have any. I promise you that the op is not nearly as bad as you think. It's uncomfortable, rather than painful. You're already half way there to a brand new you. You can do it. I promise you!
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Thank you so much for the words of encouragement and support I feel better hearing from ppl and knowing how they are doing I wish you well and Thank you Kindly again :)
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You're welcome. Let us know how you get on and good luck with everything xx
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I will and thank you again xx
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Hi ladies I hope you are all well. I had a full tt on 18 July and have found it to be a real roller coaster ride! The operation itself wasn't that painful, but I have had a lot of back pain and muscle spasms since. Sleeping is hard. The anaesthesia and pain relief medication leaves you gassy and constipated, too. I drank lots of peppermint tea and had a diet high in fibre to help my bowels. I also drank a lot of water. That would be my top tip. I have also been quite emotional since the op. It is hard to feel good about yourself when you are in a lot of discomfort. Sitting around and doing nothing is hard. I have a baby and a two year old and am used to being fit and active. That's on the back burner for now! Any questions, please ask. I'd love to swap stories with anyone who had a tt when I did. Good luck to you all!
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I had mine on the 18th as well.. it is tough to not be as active than before.. I'm used to getting up and going.. gym, shopping, kids.. at this point 7 days I believe.. I'm just extremely gassy.
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Try peppermint tea. Trust me, it is your friend! It makes you burp and helps release the gas. Lots of water and carbs helps, too. I had two caesarians and other pelvic surgery previously and learned the hard way, so I didn't want to make that mistake this time. Can you stand up straight yet and are you resting as much as you should? I can't say I am. I wonder if anyone can truly relax and do nothing with little kids running around. My poor husband looks pretty frazzled! Good luck with your recovery x
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I have been standing straight and laying flat since I left the surgery center. the dr prohibits sitting any more than to use the restroom or eat. since it's summer my oldest 14 and 8 wake up until 12 pm. so my morning is somewhat downtime. but I do have a 3yr old that keeps me busy. my husband was called to go to work 3days post op. he works out of town. so I've basically been learning to do things on my own. the back aches were terrible. I had my stitches removed on day 5 and one drain. the other 2 drains will be removed in 2 days which will been day 8. my relaxation is basically only at night.. I fall asleep by 10 and sleep all night until either I wake up to use the restroom or baby wakes up. I do believe my drs practice to not sit has made a big part of my recovery and appearance of the tummy.. very minimal folds to none is his goal. hope your recovery is smooth. don't get me wrong I've had my days. but I try to focus on the future .. take care
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Thank you so much for sharing and I hope the rest of your recovery goes well Take care
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I am scheduled for my TT Tuesday morning at 8:30. I am a Physical education teacher and my PS has told me Ill be able to go to school on August 6th for meetings and start regular school on August 11th. After reading all you girls' comments IM SCARED TO DEATH!!! Somebody HELP!!!!!!! LOL
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Thinking about you this morning JuJu22:)
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Julu22 I have my TT with lipo / M repair on the 21 I am 3,days op , the pain in my back is bad , I can walk for 10'mins every two hours ,you definitive need to buy gas x . Tomorrow is my ps appoitment hopefully the drains will go out . Everyday is a progress you can do it !!!!
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I'm having a TT and Lipo with fat tranfer to the Bottock is that to much I'm doing it all under local..
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My TT with muscle repair / lipo is Monday July 21 ,I am very scared . I have to boys and always think the worse . My husband have two weeks off ,hopefully is enough . I have migraine ,I hope this is not a problem for me before surgery .
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Don't be afraid. Have faith and it will be over before you know what hit you. Hopefully you have a very skilled ps that won't be over aggressive with lipo and hopefully you aren't having multiple procedures. Most people who have had unbearable pain probably had too much lipo(based on pics I've seen with terrible bruising) or had more than just a tummy tuck. Most people who have had just a tummy tuck describe the pain as bearable and for the fIrst 2-3 days as long as you are able to rest you will be fine. My pain level was minimal with pain meds for the first 3 days and 2 weeks later I feel great. I can't wait to exercise again. Good luck I'm sure you will do great:)
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Thank you so much for you support and nice words. My lipo is only in the franks . I just look ahead right now imagine my new tummy so I can have all the courage I need . 8 weeks is a long time for me I love going to the gym . How long ago you have your tummy tuck done ?? What treatment you doing in your scar?
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My tummy tuck was july 2nd, 18 days ago. My scar looks awesome. My ps did an amazing job, when I was trying to remove the glue left behind from the tape I couldn't tell which line was the tape and which line was the incision. I haven't started scar treatment yet. I will probably start this week. I have scar gaurd cream for my belly button and drain spots and a silicon stripfor my incision. All doctors recommend different stuff so ask your ps. Remember everyone is different they told me 4 to 6 wks I can start to exercise I'm almost 3 weeks and starting to get the itch. Very hard sitting around and eating with nothing else to do and can't burn it off but I know it's only temporary.
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Great 3 weeks you almost there . Did you ps ask you for blood work or any other exam ??? My ps didn't ask . Sitting around is something I hate the most I like to stay active , but like you say is temporary. Omg my big day is tomorrow I can sleep just thinking all the time . Thanks for replied I really appreciate
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I am thinking about you Gaby32 and hope you are home and resting now.
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