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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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Hi all, I am scheduled or my TT on Thursday. I see lots of post about which pads to buy and am feeling lost. My PS has not talked about buying or needing pads so I don't want to be stuck at home pad less if I do need them. Help please
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I am now 6 weeks out from my surgery, the time where things should be feeling more like normal however, early on I noticed that something didn't seem right. During the first week I noticed a thick black area on my incision underneath the tape but passed it off as dried blood. Turns out I had necrosis, the skin ended up dying and left me with a big, deep open hole. Apparently for a non smoker who avoids second hand smoke this is rare to develop (lucky me). The doctor said it was most likely caused from the skin being pulled to tight. Now I am hooked up to a small vacuum to help close my wound. This has been such a long and painful process, so I'm hoping it's all worth it. I'm looking at a few more months recovery, the doctor said I will now be 6 months behind in my healing, I'm trying to be patient. Just wondering if anyone else has had issues with skin that hasn't healed or necrosis. Thanks, happy healing!
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I wish you well with your recovery from your necrosis. I really feel for you. Thanks for letting us all know about this. I hope the rest of your recovery goes smoothly.
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after experiencing tummy tuck and liposuction I will give this advice that I think everybody should take this serious heart diet is extremely important you want to make sure that u are not eating things are goin to upset your stomach such as processed food salty food spicy foods a week after my surgery is in Spanish app and it was bad and I got serious food poisoning and it was the worst thing the first month is very very crucial to your results of your tummy tuck and I was extremely advise did you eat is clean as possible
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Sorry I meant bad spinach dip
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Sorry to hear that you were so ill, Miss Kitty. I sneezed last night and howled as it was so painful, so I can only imagine how you must have felt. I've been doing three things religiously every day and have had no problems: eat protein to facilitate good wound healing, drink clear liquids to help your bowels empty (you don't want constipation after a tt) and eat plenty of fibre to help keep you regular. I love cakes and chocolates and have not given these up, but I'm avoiding processed and salty foods to avoid bloating.
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I am also avoiding all processed foods.. plenty of water.. I will say I miss my 3tall cups of coffee daily. but I do want the best recovery and have given it up during my recovery. I'm so lucky to have no been constipated. in fact hours after my TT had a bowel.. and have been everyday. I did not take the pain meds prescribed for that reason. I am taking motrin instead. 4 days post op I went thru a very bad coughing spell for the whole day. I doubled up on the water and thankfully it went away. since then I haven't felt my stomach as tight as I did but the dr examined me and said everything was fine. one problem I am having is constant hunger. the first couple days I wouldn't get hungry. now I'm hungry allll day. my stomach is constantly growling even after eating. I wake up in the morning wanting to faint of hunger. I am eating protein and fiber.. I dont know why im feeling this way. is any one else experiencing this? I am 10days post op.
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I don't know what the hunger relates to, sorry. Perhaps someone else does. Maybe you are just having a genuinely hungry week. I wish you hadn't said that about the coffee: I'm just waiting for mine to filter as we speak..... A life without coffee is just too tough to contemplate!!
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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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Omg that back pain is no joke and swelling. I'm 3 days post op after tt, lipo bbl, I'm regretting this whole thing :(
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Hang in there! You'll be so much better in a few days time. The back pain is the worst part, for sure. Mine got a little better around day 5 when I was able to straighten up a bit more. I didn't have lipo, but I can imagine it's not much fun. Don't regret your op, though. The first week or so is always the hardest. You'll start to feel better soon, I promise.
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Thank you! I hope so.. lipo is no joke either.... I'm hanging in there best as I can. Thank god for this website with tons of support from ppl that have gone thru the same.
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I agree. In the UK, where I live, there is also a bit of a stigma attached to tts. It's viewed very much as a vanity procedure. For people like me who have suffered ab separation, horrendous back pain and organ protrusion, this wasn't something I did for vanity at all. I really didn't have a choice. Yet it annoys me that I can't really tell anyone what I've had done because people will judge me for it and not in a terribly kind manner. So, hurrah for this website and the opportunity to talk to others with similar stories to share!
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I had a tt and lipo and now 5 days post op, first 3 days were a nightmare, it gets better after that, more swelling now, but scar not painful just tender getting up and down, bruises are very tender and will be for about 10 days my surgeon said. Wearing a belt for swelling, quite comfy, just need to pull up and down every couple of hours to make sure no ridges. Hang in there, it does get better. ☺
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LOL..sorry girlie:)
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Happy healing, LindyLou. Hope you feel better tomorrow.
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