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Supplies to get before your Mommy Makeover

  • 2 years ago

BoogieKnights47 posted in her review this super helpful list of what to get before your mommy makeover. Check it out:


Medications
• Prescribed pain medications
• Prescribed antibiotics
• Prescribed anti-inflammatory medications
• Prescribed anti-anxiety medications
• Over the counter (OTC) sleep medications or ask your surgeon for a prescription
• Prescribed medications the patient normally takes on a day to day or weekly basis
  Supplements & Vitamins
• Arnica Montana
• Topical Arnica Montana
• Bromelain
• Vitamin C, or Vicon C


Miscellaneous Medications
• Mild stool softeners
• Antacids


Other Supplies
• Medication organizer or pill case (with days of the week and times)
• Medication Time Schedule for when to administer medications
• Dressings, sponges, gauze,
• Triple antibiotic ointments
• Antibacterial soap
• Digital thermometer
• Silicone sheeting or other scar therapies
• Wetnaps
• Heating pad (or a large tube sock filled with uncooked rice. This can be microwaved and retains
   heat very well.
• Moisturizer
• Kleenex


Grocery Store
• Bags of frozen peas
• Plain, low sodium crackers
• Bottled water
• Frozen dinners
• Low sodium soups (no Ramen)
• Jello-O
• Fresh fruit


Department Store, Online Store, or Other
• Compression Garments (medical quality only)
• Extra pillows (varying in firmness), body pillows, Husband/recliner pillow
• Digital camera with memory card
• Journal (or use your laptop)
• Movie rentals, DVR Recordings or downloads
• Books, magazines, audio books, Kindle downloads
• Empty plastic coffee tub with lid (for nausea)
• Batteries for remote
• Pajamas, robe, or oversized, comfortable shirts that button in the front
• Slippers or socks (with grip on the soles)
• Hand mirror
• Small flashlight for late night bathroom trips if you cannot get to the light switch easily. Sometimes
   pain medications can also cause confusion upon awaking, and you don't want to walk into a wall.
• Nightlight, if you want to avoid the above and are able to sleep with a little light, a low level
   nightlight may be better than having to fumble for, and hold, a flashlight.

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Things that I would add to this list that I realized I needed AFTER surgery: 1. Bendy straws...I didn't want to lift my head to take meds. 2. Shower chair - I didn't buy one but necessity developed creativity! I used a bar stool covered in large heavy duty garbage bags. A (sanitized) plastic lawn chair would work in a larger shower. 3. Travel Neck Pillow - Helps with sleeping upright 4. BioFreeze/Icy Hot - For neck cramps and back aches 5. old tank tops or tshirts - I have a lot of cotton tank tops with a shelf bra that I wore around the house, that after BA won't fit anymore, so I cut the top part, just under the the shelf bra and I wear the bottom part of the tank under my compression garment. Cotton feels much better than the garment.
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Yes the list is very helpful. I wish I would have known about this site b4 I had my procedures, as there would have been several items I would've liked to have at my disposal.
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I think this list is very helpful. Even if you don't use all this stuff it's not going to kill you to have it around the house. I appreciate people being very detailed about what their needs were post surgery. When I have my sx, I will post the things I couldn't be without and the things I recommend. Take it or leave it, that is the beauty of this site.
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While I did all right, I would have benefited from having seen this list before having had my mommy makeover. I had mine three weeks ago, and perhaps I'm one of the slow recoverers, but I still have one drain in, and I'm still doing wound dressing, and it's not as simple for me as put your feet up and be patient. I could have definitely benefited from having bought an extra binder so that I could change after the numerous times I peed on my binder during the first two weeks. I had to go out and buy Neosporin and gauze and bandaids when I wished that I had them in my cupboard. I wished I had a better camera... So - no - not everyone is going to need everything on the list but it is a good eye-opener for anyone contemplating going through this. Another one that may be there but I didn't see it: a funnel to pee through - especially if you had a thigh lift!
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Thank you!!
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Very helpful! Thank you!
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thank you so much for the info
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Thanks for this:) very helpful!
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Thanks for the list. It's better to over prepare than to be left needing something and not being able to get it. Hopefully I won't need half of it, though. Thanks again. If anybody gets a BL/BA, do get a couple odd sports bras with front closure. I hear Wal-Mart has some good ones.
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Great List! I would add cough drops and aloe vera (straight from the leaf not a bottle)...coughing after TT is gruesome and aloe vera is a natural way to cleanse the body without having to take laxatives...
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Where to get the fresh aloe Vera and how to drink or eat it? I never thought of it befor. Thanks
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Hi Ladies,

Please refrain from using this comment section to volley insults at each other. The fact is that many women do need and want most if not all of these things for recovery. If conflict continues, I will close comments on this thread, which would be a shame for others who might wish to post what has been helpful for them in their recoveries.
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So true. Why don't use this as a helpful reference? Thanks for the list. Give me an idea since I will be on my own for the recovery process.
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I see this list as helpful just like boogie stated in the orignal post. It doesn't mean you HAVE to have everything that is listed. It's just something to reference to. Yes, we all have different needs and what one person used doesn't mean they are telling you that you will need it. I just think of it as a very helpful list and not as I have to rush out and buy everything listed.
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It's mad. You don't need anything. You need to rest at home just like someone whose had a C-section. What is this list? Absolute nonsense. There's nothing more to pay than the surgery itself. Honestly, all these creams/bandages etc etc. you are given an abdominal binder after surgery and dressings will be changed at PS outpatients.
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Clearly you do not understand that healthcare in the US is different than that in the UK or France. We do NOT go back to have our dressings changed by anyone, nor does anyone come to our house. We do it at home, ourselves. If we do not buy the proper supplies beforehand, we are left completely and unacceptably unprepared. Antibiotic creams and antiseptics are used during the dressing changes, like when you go in to have someone do it for you. We may not see our PS for weeks after surgery for follow-up. We also need more compression garments than just a binder if we have had any kind of lipo on back or thighs, or breast surgery. You are telling people that they do not need these things, when perhaps the majority of patients on this website actually do. We do not have the luxury of not having to take care of our incision care and such. We are expected to be responsible and competent enough to go home and handle it ourselves....
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I think the list is a little scary. Frozen pee bag, all these creams, heat pad etc.... The list is a little over the top. You go home, put your legs up under pillows and rest. Painkillers will do and rest AND PATIENCE. I've never had to use all these creams. In terms of medication it's your PS that will prescribe or tell you what to get, anything other than that is not needed. All the best to all of you, it's a painful recovery but relaxing and take it easy is all you need just like any serious procedure. anti anxiety pills may also be prescribed but again this list will come from your PS.
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I almost forgot to say: I only saw my PS one week after my TT. The nurse changed the dressing and told me how to do it and what to get so I could continue caring for myself from home. This included buying some dressings- antiseptic cream. I had the usual painkiller although after a few days they are no longer needed by most patients. I did not see my ps on weekly basis. And no nurse came to visit me. I advice to any women on this website to talk to your PS about the list/things to get. Good luck.
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Well said jen.. I feel a majority not all the things depending on how much help you have at home from family and friends you will need for recovery if you want to be comfortable and want minimum scaring and a quicker convenient & less stressful recovery/healing process!
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In the uk it's the same, we have to take care of our insisions ourselfs, we don't get a nurse doing it. We don't get pain pumps, and we can't hire recliners, we also might not see our surgeon until we have a check up which could be weeks. We also have to have CG's but all I used was anti bac for hands, antiseptic spray for wound, gauze and tape. Extra pillows for in bed, but by two weeks was laying on my side, driving and back to work. But still taking things easy. Just want everyone to know that It's a scary process and I think that list is scary, and that you really don't need all of it. our bodies are amazing at healing. The best advise I can give is move about as soon as you can, and eat protein and vit C to help healing and listen to your body it will tell you what you can send can't do.x
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Thanks ill take note! ;)
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Obviously in the UK you get a lot more care and thats why we pay more x
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Well, dressing changes at home aren't exactly rocket science, either. I would certainly rather do them myself at home than waste my time, gas, and energy going to the doctor's office every time. Plus, I was able to clean well and have new bandages every single day instead of waiting for someone else to do it each week at the office. Pretty sure I would pay more TO do it myself. I feel no need to have a "professional" change my bandages for me. That would make me feel like my PS didn't trust that I could handle simple tasks...I am more independent than that. Are you getting more care or being micromanaged?
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I haven't had surgery yet I just saw ur comments and asumed u had your op and where then just left? Are you insulting me?
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I didn't have it done in the UK I paid 3500€ (1 night stay at hospital included). Surgery was done in France.
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