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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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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Thank you, thank you, Thank you! I have had numerous surgeries due to Madelung's disease. Reading this has helped me tremendously. I only wish I would have read it earlier. Your spot on with all your with all your do's & don'ts.
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Glad I could help you:)
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Hi all, l had a body lift (all the way around) two weeks ago. I had a very active day as far as lots of walking and just being mobile. This morning l got up and my stomach felt like it 'seized in a pain spasm' ... think back pain when your back seizes only in the lower tummy area. Is it possible l simply over did it ?? Nurafen seems to have helped, but l know the pain is still there.Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.. Thank you.
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You may have over done it.  Just sit back and kick your feet up for a while.  Baby yourself and you will feel better quickly.
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Hi all, i had my Tummy tuck on the 27th of June and i am still very tender and sore at times. I have two young kids. One in school and one that is only 15mths and my 15 month old hasn't been able to stay here with me since my op. i miss her so much and cant wait until 6 weeks post op so i can take care of her again. I have had so many people holding my life together for the last three weeks and will continue to rely on them for another three weeks. i just keep telling myself i am nearly there. i am so happy with the results already and would recommend it to anyone. I was so depressed with the way i looked before. i was also extremely sick of people asking if i was pregnant again. People can be so thoughtless. My mother did not agree with me getting this op. But i did this for me, this was for my own mental well being. So it was worth the money hands down. Good Luck everybody
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Thanks for sharing. I had my surgery July 2. I'm finally able to shower on my own, but it's been so hard for me to do nothing. Reading the Do's & Don't have encourage me to sit my butt down though
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I am 1 day post op, I really don't have much pain and not really taking pain meds , I have had 3 c sec but I think I lost a lot of feeling in my tummy from all my c sections. I did have one problem though i was urinating a teaspoon at time and so I went to the Emerg this morning and they put a catheter in right away and 300 mls came out! So please please if you feel like you are not producing enough pee then tell your doc right away! The doc said I need to keep it in for 48 hours then I can take it out on my own! I woad told yesterday that my ab tissue is so thin and I had a 5 cm tear that he had to put 3 layers of stiches in! Has anyone else experienced this?????
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I would suggest that you inform your doctor that you just quit smoking on the 3rd. That is not long enough to clean your system out from all the toxins in cigarettes. Not to mention not getting enough oxygen in your blood. It is extremely important that you quit AT LEAST two weeks before the surgery and don't take it back up again for your sake and your children's. It would be best if you rescheduled your surgery. Besides that, you're just feeling the same anxiety we have all felt. There is always risk with surgery /general anesthesia but the risk is very low. The important thing is to be good to yourself, i.e. not smoking, eating healthy - before and after the surgery - let the doctors/nurses take care of the rest. Wish you all the best - but again, let your doctor know you just stopped as he can best judge if you should postpone the surgery. It's so tough to quit, I know (quit 6 years ago) but it's definitely worth it!
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I get mine done July 9th I am scared to death I'm thinking of changing my mine I weight 250 mostly stomach after 5 kids I smoke and I just stopped yesterday I read everyone stories and everyone seems fine I just feel like I ain't going to do what to do
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Is it a question of maintaining? I just had mine done on June 10, 2014. I am 4 weeks post-op. I have been feeling more satiate every time I eat. I ensured to incorporate portion control before my surgery and that makes it easier after surgery to control. I have to tell you that the surgery itself was not painful afterwards because of the pain pump and pain meds. The worst part for me was the surgical drain, because I had to have mine in longer than expected. I have followed all of my doctors orders and have been resting and listening to my body. What issues are you second guessing dennisha?
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I just had an extended tunny tuck and breast lift with aug. On June 25. I was he took 15 pounds off just my stomach which hung badly. I also.smoked but quit 2weeks before sugery and havnt smoked since. I am now 9 days post op and all draines are out and only taking ibuprofen and muscle relaxer for.pain. it ks very scarry going into surgery a little heavy and having smoked. But i wouldnt.change a thing. Love love love the results already. Im not going lie the first week is not fun at all and you will wonder why you did this. Just do all the doctor suggest you do before surgery and your healing will be mich easier. Be sure you dont smoke before or after surgery cuz its no joke that your wounds wont heal near as fast or.as good if you smoke or even around smoke. I had 6 hours worth of work done at one time. So you will be fine and you wont regret dokng this at.all. i feel like im finally getting my life back without thos hanging stomach i have had for so long. So go.for it you wont regret it. Good luck and wishing you a fast recovery.
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I would suggest that you inform your doctor that you just quit smoking on the 3rd. That is not long enough to clean your system out from all the toxins in cigarettes. Not to mention not getting enough oxygen in your blood. It is extremely important that you quit AT LEAST two weeks before the surgery and don't take it back up again for your sake and your children's. It would be best if you rescheduled your surgery. Besides that, you're just feeling the same anxiety we have all felt. There is always risk with surgery /general anesthesia but the risk is very low. The important thing is to be good to yourself, i.e. not smoking, eating healthy - before and after the surgery - let the doctors/nurses take care of the rest. Wish you all the best - but again, let your doctor know you just stopped as he can best judge if you should postpone the surgery. It's so tough to quit, I know (quit 6 years ago) but it's definitely worth it
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I am now 10 post op. I saw my doctor yesterday and he informed me that I have some necrosis along a part of my incision (I was fearful of this, and didn't think it looked normal). He said everything should still be fine. I have to wait for the skin to fall off...and it will take a little longer to heal. I'm not sure how this happened, I've made sure to stay away from second hand smoke which is apparently the main cause. This is a little scary, has anyone else had this happen?
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I had cellulitis/staph A infection in my wound at around week 2 post op. Took 2 full courses of different antibiotics to clear it, but it did clear so hopefully yours is just a minor setback. Still worth it....
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Eat right and drink lots of fluids. Wound healing takes a lot of energy. It is a good idea to increase the amount of protein, calories, and Vitamin C you eat. Meats, nuts, beans and dairy products are great sources of protein. Citrus fruits and green leafy vegetables are sources of Vitamin C. Try to drink eight (8 oz.) glasses of water a day, and avoid drinks with caffeine. Caffeine causes the body to lose water. When the body does not have enough water, your skin can become dry, and your wound will not heal as well.
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I had mine done January and I have the same feeling. I actually had to go back as one side looked different than the other so the did a revision. The body is still trying to adjust and could take up to a year to settle. Salt still gets me and sometime my clothes are ok the others feel tight. Hang in there but don't be afraid to show your doc any differences you see
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I just had my tummy tuck 8 days ago, I had a lot of support the first few days after the surgery. I feel that as the days go by everyone is expecting me to be "healed" and back to normal routines. I'm still very sore, stiff and tire easily. Just wondering how long it took for others to get back into their daily routines. Thanks :)
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Tuckered....I'm 14 weeks post op and am still not up to full strength. I'm on phased hours at work (a lot of prolongued standing & heavy lifting) and get hugely tired in the evenings. At 8 days PO, I could barely stand upright so I'm sorry you arent getting the support you need. Maybe you should direct those unsupportive ones to this page.....as Kimmers has said...Do not think you will be healed in 2 weeks. I did giggle a little at that....it's exactly what I thought! Good luck & happy healing :-)
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I'm 23 days po and yesterday was the first day I kept busy all day with what I call a "normal" routine. By the end of the day my and were calling something horrible, so I know I overdid it... it just takes time and I think at times I forget when I have a good day, that I've just had a major surgery and I really need to give my body time to properly heal. I am doing better this morning, but I will take it easier today. I just need to really listen to my body. As musemadmuv suggested, maybe you should have those who aren't di supportive read this post from kimmers :).
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Hi thanks for the replies. I'm not sure that people aren't being supportive or I'm just putting that pressure on myself (I guess we do that as women). It's so hard to have people have to help so much and I guess I just feel like I'm a big pain in the butt! Lol I'm very independent and it's just a little frustrating I guess. Looks like I have a long road to recovery so I better get used to it! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, so nice to hear from other perspectives. :)
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Believe me....I was the worst patient my poor hubby & son had to look after! I am so impatient so I completely understand the frustration of not being able to do everything yourself, 8 days out....you really need to take it easy, for at least another week minimum. It is a long road, but in my own limited recovery, well worth it. Hang in there, it will get better.
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People just assume you are fine after a week.  Unless you have had this procedure done you have no idea.  I found that taking my focus off other people helped me.  Keep the focus totally on yourself and don't worry about what others say or do.  Everyone always has an opinion! 
Remember that you don not need to explain or justify to anyone.  

Keep pushing through and know that it does get better.  Simply allow your body to heal in it's own time and keep the stress down.  When I would relax and stop thinking so much I did much better:)

Plus you have a totally amazing support community here on RealSelf.
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WOW! I just read this 1 week after your initial post. I hope you are taking it easy. I am almost 4 weeks post op and was put on 5-7 days of doing nothing after having my drain taken out. According to my doctor 6 weeks is the "take it easy" period. He insists that and let my husband and mom know. Additionally, I prepared everyone before my surgery for weeks by letting them know what I was reading on the internet regarding recovery time. I am controlling and inpatient. However, I am focused on the results. I don't want any side effects such as any of the one's mentioned here and I want to ensure that I get GREAT results, because we didn't go through this for nothing. My husband and family have been extremely supportive and I am letting them. I have been blessed. I do tire easily and I listen to my body. They say that your body is using all of your energy for healing, so if your tired, rest. At 6-8 weeks I will allow myself to get into my daily routines and work up to it. Dr. said that at 4 weeks I can start brisk walks and light 5-10 lbs. arm weights to get back into working out. Oh, also, they told me that a high protein diet helps healing, so I have been focusing on that along with low carbs. I hope this helps. GOOD LUCK Tummytuckered! = )
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