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Back to Work After Tummy Tuck? 10 Quick Tips for Speedy Healing

  • 9 months ago

If you poke around for a sec in the RealSelf tummy tuck community, you're going to find glowing reviews of restored self-esteem and unbelievable before-and-after pics.

You'll also find getting that bikini-clad "after" can be challenging -- but having some "know how" ahead of time is half the battle.

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I'm curious if I'd be able to work at the soonest possible time. That's why I've been taking a lot of protein rich food since I know it is essential for healing. Btw, I'll be having my TT next week in Manila by my surgeon Dr Rino Lorenzo. I can't wait to see the result. I'll keep you updated soon!
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Plan on taking 2-3 weeks off for sure.  If you can swing longer, please do.  Your body needs proper healing time.  Please consider starting your review in the community.  I sent a link to your private messages that will help you getting started.  
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I go back to work on Tuesday, 8/12 day 12 post op. I have an office job with my own office. I didn't want my co-workers to know so I told them I had hernia surgery. I'm nervous to go back to work. I'm not sure how much ill be able to do.
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I'm still very sore in my tummy. Especially around where my belly button is. My tummy still hurts when I get up.
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Me too. I'm 2.5 months post op, and I still need to wear the binder around my tummy.
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Kokomo, I go back to work tomorrow, 16 days post op, I am nervous too. Hoping I can make it through the day. I also still have my drain, hoping it is removed at my appointment before I go to work. I told my bosses and co-workers I was having female surgery.
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Kokomo, also worried about not being so sleepy. I have still been so tired.
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Going back to work definitely causes some anxiety.  Take it an hour at a time and be patient with yourself.  Just plan on being sore an tired, but know it will end.  

Try not to make any plans for after work.  You are going to want to race home, strip down and kick those feet up.  
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Update: I have been back to work 3 days now. Day1: I had my Dr. apt to remove my drains in the morning, which did not hurt at all! After that I went into the office. I was fine, although, I felt a bit sluggish. Day2: I was fine in the morning but by lunch time I was so tired, all I wanted to do was fall asleep. I think I may have dosed at my desk for a minute. By 2:30 I was having a difficult time standing up straight. As the time went by I felt my muscles tightening up quickly. By 3:30 I couldn't stand up straight at all and walked hunched over like I did the day after surgery. Needless to say, I left early, got home and rested. I have my own office and for the most part I sit at my desk. Day3: Today went better. I still feel sluggish. I told my boss I still may need time to ease back into a full workload and explained by the end of the day I struggle. So now I'm just working until I feel comfortable. Again today about 3:30pm I felt my tummy tightening on me again so I cleaned up my desk and went home. I feel better that I have that flexibility with my office and they don't want me to push myself too hard. So it has made it easier. I'm still not 100% but I know I will be with time. It's just a matter of having the patience and not let anxiety take hold. I'm also getting married next month so it's a bit stressful.
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I told my work I had hernia surgery. I didn't want them to know I was getting a tummy tuck, especially since I'm the only female. Good luck, and just take it hour by hour.
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I had my surgery 7/30/2014 and my husband has been such an awesome nurse!! (Lol). I am a week post op and I am still a little sore. I had a TT and a BA. I notice I need just as much rest as I do movement. I tire more quickly now than I ever did. I am sooooo happy with the decision that I made and I have no regrets.
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My surgery is scheduled for September 8th and I asked for 2 1/2 weeks off, so I'll be returning to work on a Thursday.. Just wondering if you guys have any suggestions on what type of girdle to wear and what is comfortable to wear back to work?? Our dress-code is business casual.. Thank you soo much!
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I took 19 days off and still feel I wasn't ready. but we all have to start some where:) as far as compression girdle I used the ones given to me by my doctor. my surgery included two girdles. I did look into buying spanx but too pricey and figured to fancy for work. I will be buying a pair of spanx for outings and since the ones from the dr are full length garments from mid thigh to over the shoulder. they do give the best support for full days work.
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Be careful of the Spanx, they are tighter than you think. I bought a size larger than I normally would and it was still pretty tight. You just want the compression to feel as if it is hugging you (as told by my nurse) not squeezing you , or you will end up with undentations you don't want.
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diet wise I have no restrictions other than low sodium. but I have been eating on the healthy side for 2 years so the transition is going well. I will recommend tons of protein. I was left with hunger because I wasn't getting enough. I can't wait to be able yi excercize again. I think tuna, salad greens and oranges are great, but is that what you're having every meal? I had oatmeal, cereal , eggs. just get food in your belly. you'll be fine.
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Hey there..just thought would feedback on a TT i had on 01 jul and preferred to stay at the hospital till 09 nd travelled back to the middle east where i am employed and resumed work on 13. The surgery and recovery was good by all means as the doctor recommended a spinal anesthesia followed by an epidural for pain 6 days post op...this helped as never felt any pain. I do wear a compression belt during most of the day as i drive long distances to and from work but 18 days on its getting better nd closer to normal .
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Having my TT Tuesday. So excited BUT... Im a Physical Education teacher and my PS has told me Ill be able to go to school for teacher meetings on August 6th(2weeks and a day post op) and start regular classes with students Monday August 11th(3weeks Post Op). Im wondering now if this is feasible? Im getting nervous also because I live alone and will only have help for 2 nights after surgery.
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Mine is today. I'm starting back mid august and worried about the same thing. We will have to keep in touch and see how things are going!
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I'm two weeks po today and go back to work tomorrow. Actually I've Been working some already. As long as you follow the restrictions you should be fine, so instruct but dont do anything physical yourself :) and I'm also alone without help. The first few days are hell and I had a friend stay on my couch two nights, then day three starts improving. Keep the ice bags flowing. I have a nice 8he one with a Velcro wrap around I plan on bringing to work with me. By day 5 I was back to cooking meals for my kids and doing small outings. Rest often and plan for No activity after work. Congratulations on today!
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As long as you don't have to climb ropes, lift children, jump rope or anything else wild!
You are going to be pretty darn sore for the first 6 weeks for sure.  Are you also having muscle tightening?
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I only had help for 2 days as well. being alone was best me to learn how to do things on my own. you'll be fine. I work on my feet all day walking back and fourth and I'll be going back 15 days post op which is in 3days..!! don't know if I'm ready but gotta start somewhere
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I went back to work 19 days post op. my job requires me to be on my feet all day! by the 5th hr I could barely walk! I took my hr lunch break.. went home layed down for a while.. then went back to continue the remaining three hours. I hear that a desk job is just as bad sitting down all day. my dr said having a standing/ walking job would be best for my recovery but honestly I pooped me out :(
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Movement definitely helps.  You need to find that fine balance of rest and activity.
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@kimmers25 your posts are always so uplifting. thankfully I work at a place where my schedule can be adjusted.. I'm hoping they can adjust it to every other day to start..
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Thank you:)   
If they would adjust your schedule for a while that would really help.  I was pretty tired the first  2-3 weeks back to work.  But it did improve a little each week.  Try to remember that this is all temporary and normal life will return soon.  
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