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

  • 10 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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Hello all, I am Day 17 post op... going back to work on Monday (22nd)...feeling a bit nervous - I am still a bit tired, just took an hour nap! Sure going to miss resting when I feel like it, but hope to feel more with it after getting back to a normal routine. I work in an office and will definitely make sure I get up and walk away every hour. I stopped in yesterday to say hello and all said I look great :) I will miss my pups, my Rambo at my feet and my Lola laying behind my head.....
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I went back at day 14 which was a Thursday and only worked 7 hours TH/F. Went home both days and stayed put on the couch. By Monday I was fine and have worked all week this week and went for walk a couple days after work, met up w friends another day... I feel stronger every day. Best of luck!
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I'm feeling a little down tonite. I really hope whatever's going on with my tummy is just swelling. Everyone looks so great and I feel like I don't. My tummy is as hard as a rock tonite and so swollen. I walked 2 miles yesterday and today, maybe that's why??? I'm going to be 7 weeks post op Friday and a little discouraged.....I think my pics will be up tomorrow.
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This is normal for 7 weeks post op.  Any activity will put your body into a tailspin.   Hold on and know this will get easier. My swelling haunted me on and off for 7 months but did eventually go away.  
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Thank you Kimmers25 :-)
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You bet, I promise it will get easier.
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I am 5 weeks post op from my tt, I went to my follow up appointment yesterday and my Dr told me 4 more weeks before I can return to work. I take care of a quadrepalegic and I was expecting to be off for 6 weeks and I was shocked but I have to roll a 200 pound man around my job is physically demanding. My bank account is looking pretty empty. With the cost of the surgeries and the garments. I had a few unexpected expenses in there and I am really starting to worry. I had everything planned out and bills taken care of through October 10th and now I can't return to work until then. I am so excited about my new body and look but I can't think of anything but what I am going to do. What will I be eating, i am so stressed out right now I think I am bringing more pain on
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For tms001, I too didn't expect to be out for so long. One thing I did for myself was go on Weight Watchers because I was (and still am) scared of putting any weight back on, since I can't exercise the way I want. (so glad I did that) Also, I knew I'd go crazy sitting around the house eating only celery. I'm almost 4 months post, and I'm just now able to get around all day without wearing an abdominal binder!
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I actually was not over weight I just had 3 large babies my biggest 10 pounds 11 onces 26 inches long and I had a lot of loose skin. I am actually 5ft 10 inches and I did weigh 170 lbs but since my surgery I have lost 30 pounds and my Dr is kind of on me. I have sorta came back to work. I work for a quadrepalegic and I have been with him over 5 years. So I am doing little things and I take care of his finances so I am not totally losing it. But I am dropping weight like crazy and I am not trying to. I bought some shorts last week and I had to get a small. I have not seen a small in 30 years
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After work. I went shopping and bought a spandex to cover my tummy bottom and thighs.. I didn't attempt to wear the size medium and large I had... I went for comfort ... and got size 2X.. The $$$ was well worth it.
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2nd day back..the spandex helped cause it gave comfortable support for standing, and walking. . I was still glad when the day was over.
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3rd day.. the last 3hrs of work are toughest. ..
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Agreed!
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My post-op nurse was right. She said"you won't be able to walk much, you won't be able to stand for long, and you won't be able to sit for long. The day crawled by. I kept looking at the clock. I had support for my belly and hips which made the difference in moving around.
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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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