Do's and Don'ts After Tummy Tuck Surgery

  • 3 years ago

Things you should NOT do after surgery:
  • Clean your house.
  • Lift your kids or pets.
  • Drive – the first week for sure
  • Laundry
  • Weigh or measure yourself
  • Try on your clothes that you think will fit
  • Grocery shopping – pushing the cart and lifting the bags is harder than you think
  • Gardening
  • Other than walking – no exercise
  • Eat processed and packaged foods. The sodium will make you swell up like the Blueberry girl in Willy Wonka. Watch your sodium intake at all times.
  • Drink soda. You do not want to put anything in your body that will cause gas and bloating.
  • Listen to negative people. There is always someone out there just trying to smack you down with their negativity. You did not do this procedure in vein, you are not selfish, you do deserve it, and you are not crazy to put yourself first for once. There is nothing better than feeling good about yourself. People who are jealous and closed minded will try to tear you apart in a second. I actually looked at one woman when she made a nasty comment to me and said the following to her……Did I ask for your opinion…NO, do I care what you think…NO, do I need your permission…NO, are you paying for this…NO. She was speechless and her jaw dropped. Yep, she was flapping her nasty comments at me and expected me to just take it….NOT.
Things you should do after surgery:

  • Take your pain meds as prescribed. Stay on top of the dose and take on time. For the first three days make sure you take them around the clock to stay ahead of the pain. Don’t wait until you are past the point of no return and rolling around in the bed in agony. Don’t be a hero!
  • Drink plenty of fluids and eat a healthy balanced diet.
  • Let people take care of you.
  • Massage your tummy gently. It helps circulation and feels good.
  • Stay positive because this all will pass.
  • Get outside and enjoy some sunshine. It will really help lift your spirits.
  • Log onto RealSelf.com to chat with your friends. All of us on here know how you are feeling so will help cheer you up if you need it.
  • Keep your eye on the prize and know there is an end to the healing process.
  • Be proud of yourself for taking this step to improve your life and body.
  • Be patient with the healing process. It is a long haul I know but you can do it. You will have good days and bad but it will all be worth it in the end. If you do get sad and depressed know that it is all part of the healing process. You are not crazy.
  • Trust your instincts with your body. If something doesn’t feel right call your doctor right away. It never hurts to get it checked out. That is why they are there! I am sure they have heard and seen it all. I am pretty sure my doctor thinks I am a total nut! But a harmless one at that…
If you have any questions please reach out to me at Kimmers25.

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Thanks for the info and for being positive had my tummy done a week ago and I'm freaking out about everything !! Read this post and it helped :)
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I had my full Tummy tuck with DR July 9 so 3 1/2 weeks post op! Tomorrow I am headed back to the gym and I am excited and nervous all at the same time. I am going to start with brisk walking on the treadmill but no sure if jogging was ok? Has anyone jogged at this stage? I would also like to go on the elliptical. The doc said I can't lift anything yet but I started lifting things around the house, probably no more than 10 pounds, with the exception of my daughter where there was a emergency and didn't have a choice and she is 27 pounds! What was your experience at 3.5 weeks and when did you go back to the gym?
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My ps said I could do elliptical and light jogging at 3 weeks post-op, however many ps say to wait until 6 weeks post-op. It's really best to check with your ps because he/she only knows what was done to you... I started jogging at 4 weeks post-op and it wasn't easy, but I did it. I started out slow but either my way up... I'm now 9 weeks post-op and am about 1/2 way where I was pre-surgery. It's a long process...
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I ended up back at the gym this morning and I lasted 20 minutes, 10mins on the treadmill walking at a 3.5 speed then I went on the elliptical for 10 and I couldn't take anymore! I was very slow on the elliptical actually so slow that it was embarrassing lol. I will go tomorrow and do the same thing and hopefully by doing this I will be back up to my gym routine within a few months!
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Good job! Just take it slow and at your pace! You don't want to undo any of the with that was done on your beautiful body! :) Your energy level will return. Just give it time! :)
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Thanks, I know I should feel this way but I could think at the gym is everyone watching me and how slow I am going but I am sure it is all in my mind! I love the new me and for sure I will take it slow.
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Hi I'm 9 days post op ..I had TT and breast lift & implants .I had two bags and they were in for 7 days ..I did very good with TT but my breast is what's giving me issues.. I was wondering bout the tiggleing feeling in my belly . Have any of you had this and a burning feeling?? Thanks, Franklinton La
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Hi Franklinton, tingleing and burning feeling in your tummy is quite normal, mine is finally calming down and I am just over 3 weeks post op. As I am at my 3 week mark I am starting to feel like myself and getting more energy! The feeling in my tummy feels numb in some spots like how your cheeks feel when you just come back from the dentist.
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I had my extended tummy tuck July 7th, I am on my 3 week post op. the first week was hard but ok I couldn't sleep since I have adverse reactions to pain meds so on my second week I felt great looked great now on my third week in feel big fat I look in the mirror I have I think what they are called dog flaps I should have done lipo on my hips, my swelling is horrible feeling depressed I get up walk around then I sit in my recliner. My daughters and husband are trying there best but I am mom full on mom I do everything in this house with my husband having his own business I don't want him to have to come home and do house work!! Also have lots of stress from his kids that don't live with is but come over i am just not happy with my results I no it's still to soon but I need some kind of help with sleep and relaxation so I can heal and feel good about this surgery!!
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I had my TT on July 15 at 3:30pm. FIrst when i check in the hospital, i felt amazingily safe and very calm. so far I have felt amazing. I had a Abdominoplastic, Liposuction and fat transfer to my ass. I opted out for my boobs to be lift and get reduction because i though i couldn't handle soo much. but since i been feeling great i probably would of had handle it. I have an amazing support my husband and my family and my best friend. I decided for my friend to be at my surgery and it was a great decition she has been amazing, my husband has help me with our two sons and doing lots of cooking and cleaning, my sisters have been supporting me. on the third day i was already taking a shower by myself, i did feel dizzy but I lay daown and felt better after my shower. I been taking my meds on time and drinking apple cinammon tea and drinking stool softener, i was able to have a BM on the fourth day after my TT, it felt amazing now im back to normal with my BM. I been having cottage cheese with lots of berries granolla and honey for breakfast, also mango and cantaloupe for breakfast, for lunch salmon with sparragos and lots of chicken soup with lots of vegetables. I am soo happy that I havent had a bit of pain just muscle pain and stiffness but its all right i can take it. today is my fifth day after my TT i was able to cook and make myseft a brocolli soup. I know we all are different and just wanted to share my experience its better than what i though. I do have a question is it normal to have just one drain? because everyone seems to have two and i only have one.
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seems like two is what I always see in regards to the drains, however I had my TT on 7/14/14 and on 7/24/14 my Dr. took one of the drains out, so I too only have one at this time. I have been reading about this procedure and some Dr. don't even use drainage tubes. My question to u is are u walking straight up? I am still kind of bent over while walking and can't stand straight up yet.
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My drain was remove on the 11th day after my surgery, it was draining very little so the docotor mention that was good. It feels amazing not to cary that around I can take better showers and don't have to worrie about pulling it because it "hurts".. Yes I was able to stand up straight after a week. Maybe you can't stand uup straight because you are afraid just try it... and if you feel like a pulling then don't try too hard. we are all different. I feel like for me it was really easy going and no pain at all.
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I am 3 weeks today post op full tummy tuck with DR repair, and I am feeling great but I am still wearing my binder as advised by my doctor. My tummy is numb in some spots and sore in others. My husband and family are great for doing things for me but I was still advised by the doc to not to lift, bend, squat, reach for at least six weeks and I tell you it is getting really old and I am finding that I am doing all of those things again with the exception of lifting. I find that I am still really swollen and the top of my pubic bone is still really swollen at 3 weeks post op, is this normal? I see my surgeon tomorrow morning so maybe I will ask him!
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I guess we are in the same page. I am still swollen special up where the pubic area. I do have started to take 30minute walks around my neighborhood, it feels great to be able to go outside. I will see my doctor on Friday and I will ask if I can star swimming. And I will be 3 weeks post operation. Hope I can do it. let me know what your doctor says.
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Yes I want to ask about swimming too as it is so darn hot here in Vancouver bc and my 2 year old and my 11 year old daughters are so bored, and it would be nice to be able to hold my 2 year in water as She will light as a feather! I also hate this ab binder that the doc has me wearing, it is too hot and I would like to start wearing tummy control briefs if I can or a smaller binder! I know that I have to wear something else my tummy feels very heavy without anything! Wish me luck at the doc tomorrow and I will let you know what he says!
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I'm curious about the drain as well. I just had surgery yesterday and thought I would have 2 but woke up with only 1...
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I has two drains in for about 11 days, not sure why they put one or two! I has about 20 pounds of skin removed from my abdomen so not sure if that has anything to do with why I has two.
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My nurse told me it was 5-6 lbs removes from me so maybe you're right
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My ps put in two drains. I think the majority of surgeons put in two drains (according to the forums I've been on). I don't think it has anything to do with the amount of skin/fat that was removed. I don't know how much I actually had removed (I wish I did) because I've seen women with very small amounts removed with two drains and women with large amounts removed with two drains as well... I think it's a ps preference.
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Its really Hot here in California too. Im also wearing my ab binder from knee to top and the worst is that these week the doctor added a sponge to be inside all around my tummy, its even hotter, the worst is that i don't have central air condition and is HOT. Well let me know how your doctor says, good luck Bmorin.
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I felt the same and I ask my doctor why only one drain since I see everyone with two drains, she mention that is up to each doctor and decided on how they see the surgery went and she felt it was not necessary to have two, But I'm happy it was only one since you we wont have two big holes in and is easy to cary around. :)
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Most people have two and some people have one or none it all depends on what the doctor decides at the end of the surgery.
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For my surgery they also took 20 pounds of fat from me 8 from skin and 12 pounds from lipo. And my doctor decide to just put one drain.
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Reading your comment I will tell you I am so excited for tomorrow's appointment. My bags & stitches are coming out. I can't wait for a nice shower. Today is my 10th day and went to Target and post office. Now I'm home resting!
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I was taken 6 lbs from tummy & have 4 bags!
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