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

  • 8 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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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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Having my TT and liposuction Monday! Any words of wisdom?
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Woohoo!!! How exciting!! Just know you will be immobile for a few days, try to go easy on your stomach two days prior as you most likely will face the beauty of constipation...drink lots of water and most of all, take your pain meds on time! Don't wait to take them when the pain is unbearable. Blessings!!
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Just breath and stay positive.  Focus on the end results and know you can do this.  
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Take your time with everything! Ask for help when you need it and I agree with Paured2...drink water and take something as soon as you can to make sure you don't get constipated. Prune juice and natural senna so you aren't taking more chemicals.
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I would just say that you're having a "female" type of surgery. You could also say a hernia repair, which is what I did have too along with the TT. It's your private business and you shouldn't need to share that with anyone that you don't want too.
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Exactly. Not everyone can get a TT. It's like winning the lottery without anybody knowing. It's a cool secret to have. Just unfortunate that it must remain as such.
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I'm feeling nervous about seeing anyone when I might be wearing a bathing suit this summer!! I had a 9lb baby!! But I also said I had my BB reconstructed during the hernia surgery (which I did do, in addition to the TT). It was hard for me to not say anything about it, but to anyone that might have a problem with it, just think #1-are they paying for this surgery, nope you are!! And #2-if they were able to have this surgery done for themselves? Most likely, the answer will be YES!! We deserve this, YOU deserve this!!! Can't wait to hear about your surgery!! Make sure you take a lot of Before pictures too!! (Only because you will NEVER look like that again!!)
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Hello, my TT was on Tuesday 5/20. I had to return to work Wednesday 5/28. Far too soon, I know, but I didn't want my job knowing the cosmetic nature of my surgery because they wouldn't have approved the SD. So my belly aches whenever I stand to go to the bathroom, and walks are laborious. I'm very happy with how my skirts hang; I'm wearing compression tights underneath (I also got lypo in my thighs). Telling people that I got PS is so taboo, yet I am excited about my new start. I hate lying though. I say my fibroids came back. (sorry, but a mostly true excuse to stop the questions). Oh and I immediately went on weight watchers, to keep track of points, because I'm terrified of weight gain since I can't exercise. I am really wondering about pain management. I don't like taking narcotics. They don't actually work for total pain relief, and I am concerned about dependency. What is everybody else doing for pain?
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WOW! I can't imagine going back to work that soon! Best of luck! It has been challenging for me, I still have my drain in and I had my tt 5/19--day before you. I am off work for 4 weeks--thankfully.
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Day 10 still taking my prescription medication. Can you tell them you are not completely healed and you need another week off? That sounds way to early to return to work.
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You poor thing. So sorry you had to go back so soon. What kind of work do you do? You can tell them something without telling them you're having PS.
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WOW! I am taking paracetamol x2 500mg and ibuprofen x1 400mg (sorry don't know the American equivalent) together, the first for pain and the second for pain and inflammation. Your pharmacy can probably tell you as they are over the counter medications. Hope you feel better...wear your garments 24/7!
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I am not sure how you managed to return to work in a week.  I would imagine that you do ache!   You are one tough cookie. 

Att least be taking the prescription medication at night.  You need to get a good nights sleep for healing purposed.  The first six weeks of recovery are the most critical.    Also, make sure you are drinking plenty of water and eating healthy proteins.  

Are you able to kick your feet up and relax when you get home at night?


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I had mine on 5/20 too! I still have my drains though! Did you get your drains out already?
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I'm an editor, so I sit all day at the computer. It's getting better, but I can't sit for too long without needing to take the pressure off my belly. True.. I said "female" surgery to my male boss and finally said fibroids to another coworker. Sucks that I can't button anything yet. I'm so excited to be passed this stage! Until then, ... whew!
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I got my drains out on day 7, last Tuesday. The doctor said I would feel some distention in my belly from fluid buildup if I didn't constantly wear the binder, but that it would eventually smooth out. He was right! Very uncomfortable, but I also wasn't producing that much fluid in the drains anymore, either. So- I'm glad they were taken out, but I'm having to keep the binder on for added comfort.
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You are right. It was way too early. It's getting better, I need to rest. :/
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I would kill for that much recovery time. Truly, I can handle a half work-day at this point. But, I have fuzzy slippers at my desk that nobody can see, and I'm committed to not letting the work load stress me out mentally, which is a huge factor as well.
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My doctor won't let me take ibuprofen yet, but you're right. I need something for the inflammation. The garments actually feel great. I can't get around much without having them on!
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Kimmers , I'm not sleeping well at night, at all. That's the truth. I'll get that straightened out, because I know how critical that is. So true. Water and healthy proteins... Yes. Especially water. I'm actually hyper aware of my body, and super paranoid of fat and calorie consumption right now. I'm surprised I haven't seen other concerns here of continued weight management. Especially, because we aren't able to exercise! What's everyone eating, while laying in bed inactive with their feet up? Me, I'm doing tuna, salad greens and orange slices.
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