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Am I crazy being 51 years old and doing this?

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  • 1 year ago

I am really new to this, have no idea how to go about it, except to say my TT is scheduled for Feb. 5/13. Is there anyone else out there in my age group that could offer me some insight for what to expect or advice?

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Does anyone know a good brand/type or website to order a garment that I can wear after I am cleared to stop wearing the binder? My ps said wear Spanx but I would rather have something that velcros or zips/buttons so I don't need to keep pulling it up & down to use the restroom. I'm hoping I can wear pants if I have something that's not as thick as the binder. Thanks!
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Good Morning! I am also 51 and had a TT with MR & Lipo of the flanks six days before you. I have struggled a bit with constipation but otherwise seem to be healing well. I still have a drain in and I wondered if that was because at 51 I am not healing as quickly as some do. I am happy I found your post. I was beginning to think I was the only person doing this in my 50's! : )
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I am 51 and had TT 8 weeks ago today!! OMG, I am still counting days. I have BA done at same time. I kept wondering if I was too old, but then I thought, do I really want regrets? When I'm 60 I don't want to think, I should have done this or I should have done that. I am also a very petite, young looking 51, look more like 40, so I figured I might as well take the plunge. The recovery was rough due to the multiple surgeries (and tons of swelling), but I don't regret it at all. My whole body looks completely different. I work out every day (or at least I used to until my surgery lol) and I could NEVER achieve the results the surgery gave me. My advice is to listen to your body and rest, rest, rest when you need to. I needed tons of rest and I am usually an incredibly active women, but I didn't fight it. I bought silicone sheets for my scars and started using those at about 3 weeks. I also bought a special silicone marble for my belly button because it can close if you don't keep it open w/something. And sometimes I use half a foam ear plug in it instead of the marble. I hold it in w/bandaids. I slept in the recliner for the first 3 weeks and couldn't use most compression garments because it bothered me too much so I used an exercise velcro waist thing I had in the basement because I could control the tension. It gets a little better every day. The hardest part is getting up in the morning, it still feel incredibly stiff and numb, but loosens up as the day goes by. I take tons of vitamins so constipation is never an issue (especially if you take a lot of vitamin C). . I also switched to advil for pain/discomfort a week after surgery and that made a big difference in my comfort level. The prescription pain meds don't help me much and just make me feel lousy in general.
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I had my husband ultrasound me last night at our local hospital since he does this for a living and saw pockets of fluid on the right and left side by my hips..I already had one aspiration on left and thought I would have to go in this morning but swelling went down overnight so I am going to try to rest today..see if more swelling goes down before I rush to be aspirated ..my PS believes in not keeping drains in because it could cause more infection but I guess I want instant gratification but I am so so happy I did this actually when I'm 51 then in my 40's... Going through the menopause and such women tend to gain in the belly so I hope I stay ahead of the curve...
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Forgot to mention that I also had two drains. He took one out a week after surgery and another 4 days after that. So both were out before two weeks. They are the worse. I used an old necktie around my neck to pin them to so I could shower. I was allowed to shower 3 days after surgery and that hot water relieved a lot of tension in my body and helped me feel so much better. Especially since I had multiple surgeries so my upper and lower body were incredibly swollen and stiff.
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My PS took my drains out after 5 days and I read some people had them in for 2 weeks..he said he believes that there is more risk of infection keeping them in ..but I did need an aspiration on my left side..you can easily tell when a seroma develops which is not uncommon ..just don't want to ignore it. I do think at 51 we are not healing as well as a 30 year old but I think it's all relative...I just can't rest and that is why my PS said I am collecting more fluid than should be...Did you only have one drain put in? ..my belly button is funky looking and I hear about marbles helping but again, my PS says the swelling will dissipate as time goes on ...and belly button should hopefully not be so much of an outtie....are you tired as the day progresses or haven't notice any change there?
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Hi there, I wouldn't say it's because ur in ur fifties that ur still draining fluids, I had both of mine out at day two and by day seven I had a seroma so it's probably just as well that u have ur drains in, I think ur doc would have had u back by now to remove them if it was needed, it must just be the way he does it...I'm also glad that there are ladies on here in their fifties ! All of the other ladies seem way toooo young to be gettin TT,s some of them still have babies to look after, I'm thinking, wait till menopause girls, u'll be needing another TT by then!!
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Hi MarthaSi I totally agree with u, don't put off till tmoro wat u can do tday, I'm 57, and a very active person, I own and work in my own business and went back after two wks, I had TT and mr, I found the worst part was the back pain from walking with a stoop, that's the only thing I took painkillers for as I just did not need them, I also don't hav a huge pain threshold ! I read a lot of the other TTuckers and can't believe how YOUNG they are! I'm so glad we hav other ladies like ourselves on this site...
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Hahahaha! So true. I think it was the added menopause belly that made me finally brave enough to have the TT. It would not go away no matter what I ate or how much I exercised. Menopause is rough enough without feeling bad about our bellies. At this stage of life, we deserve to do this for ourselves.
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There is a lot of us in our 50s out here. I am 53 and had my tt Oct 18th 2012. So I am just over 3 months PO. I do think we may heal a little slower. Not that it is a bad thing. Our bodies have just slowed down a little. And as long as I heal just as good, I don't care if it takes a bit longer. Hope your healing goes on just great. Take is easy and don't push yourself. Good day!
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I just saw your post and saw what you said about your belly button. Look at my pictures and see if yours looks like mine. I didn't see any pictures from you so I don't know. I saw my PS last week and he said my umbelical was very long due to the amount of excess skin I had. And he did make it shorter, but not short enough because it now looks like an outie. In my case the marble trick would not work. (I tried) I just have to much skin in it. So next week I am going to have it fixed. I am going to tell my PS I want a small innie. Just hope for the best. Let me know if yours is like mine. And have a great day.
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Hi Martha. Overall though are you happy with the results ? Would you do it again?
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Thanks jmassey. Definitely did to much yesterday so really taking it easy today. Feel a better at rest. But more sore otherwise. How long did it take before you felt back to yourself.
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Oh ur so right, menopause is rough on us! my menopause gave me dreadful symptoms and i grew a jelly belly even tho I ran and exercised most days . I do believe that the fat we acquire during menopause is diet and exercise resistant. I'm so glad I have got rid of my excess fat, even tho I was only 120lbs before surgery.
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Sorry not tech savvy ...not sure on how to post pics and gets pics on this forum?
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I think I was kinda dragging for at least 6 weeks. I think it is harder if we are a little older. That is to snap back as soon. After about a month my ps told me I could start riding my bicycle as long as I was wearing a cg. when I did any form of exercising. I listened to every word he said. It turned cold on me so soon after I could start riding again, I ended up joining the Y. The reason I'm telling you all this is I think once your ps says it is ok to be active. If I were you I would. I felt better by leaps once I started work outs. Just start very slow...
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That back pain was brutal!
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Yes! Still not feeling 100% good but I don't regret it. I think the process is like labor. You don't ask someone in labor if its worth it lol...this healing is rough but I'm sure I will be smiling this summer. I also had two procedures at once so it's rougher than just TT and I have a low pain threshold to boot. When I look at my figure in the mirror I'm still shocked at the difference considering how athletic I already was. Grateful my leg muscles were so well developed because I used them quite a bit first four weeks to make up for lack of core strength. I'm a chicken and the healing sucks but I would do it again...amazing how vanity overrules logic lol.
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good morning how is the fluid today?
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Thanks for the input. I am anxious to be able to going for walks, walking up straight for any length of time right now sounds wonderful.
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Me too it's nice to have people my age to make me feel "normal" I know we shouldn't judge without being in anyone's shoes but i do know there is no way i would be able to care for anyone now let alone small children. As it is i am getting alot of help if I wasn't getting the help I am, I wouldn't be doing anything but getting up to go to the washroom and back to bed.
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Still have small pockets and took pictures of it and emailed to dr and he isn't alarmed..he said just try to rest(haha) and keep compression garment tight.i will go in on Monday if I see more of a bigger change to have it taken care of..I live on Long Island ny so the snow expected will force me to take the day off:) dr does say small fluid does reabsorb into the body...thanks for asking ..how's your recovery been ?
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55 and active at working out, tennis and golf. 3 weeks po and doing better everyday....finally cleared to start walking, but got a sore throat so that's delayed. Happy I did TT, and wished I had done sooner but didn't have the downtime available until now.
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Well done you! I'm just four weeks po and feeling great, no pain or discomfort .. Can't wait to get the cg off and start really enjoying my new tummy!
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OMG tomorrow is the day!!
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