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Do's and Don'ts After Tummy Tuck Surgery

  • 3 years ago

Things you should NOT do after surgery:

At least for the first two weeks.

  • 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
  • Do not 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.
  • Do not drink soda. You do not want to put anything in your body that will cause gas and bloating.
  • Don’t 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…

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Ok so I did 2 don'ts...I weighed myself and im only 10 days post op n I tried on clothes already....I can really careless about losing the pounds but im lookin good already with my flat swollen tummy...im just so excited, I know i still have a long way to go for the swellin to go down....I just wanted to see....no more muffin top! Lol :D
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I've never taken mine off. I'm 4 days post op. I loosened it briefly today, I feel HUGE under it. Luckily I haven't sneezed. My back is killing me. It's so tight from sleeping on the couch and not being able to stand up straight. I don't need the pain meds for my TT, I need it for my back!
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I had the same issue! My back is shot but each day gets better I promise.
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Hi Ladies, I'm 2 days post op and wondering if it's supposed to feel like everything is falling apart when I take my CG off? I've only ever taken it off lying down....
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Yep...sounds about right! The CG is both your best friend, and your most hated enemy....depending on where you are in your recovery. Very very early days yet, so hang in there....
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Keep it tight!!! I had just one sneeze without it on and thought I was going to open my eyes to see guts exploded all over the place!! I'm just 6 1/2 weeks post TT, so my original CG is too loose to wear during the daytime with my clothing, but I ALWAYS sleep with it!! That probably won't change for me for a long time. Take it easy, each day will get easier. Keep your feet propped and sleep in a reclined position!! Good luck with your recovery!!!!
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So ladys im 8 days post op and I winded up going to the hospital because my knee was hurting me really bad...winds up that I have small blood clot I will be staying here for cat scan n shot in my tummy (blood thinner) I can't believe this is happening. ....
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So sorry Ashley....glad you're in the right place now. Hang in there girl, this will pass....still very early days. I hit most of my snags in that 2nd week PO too, at 5 weeks now & doing much better so dont lose heart.
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Thanks for the support im still here in the hospital hopefully getting out today.
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I hope everything is okay? Would love an update.... Take care.
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I came out the hospital on sat. Everything is well thank god. Happy easter lady's :)
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Happy Easter!! Your clot issue made me hypersensitive too look out for this. My Dr warned me of it too. I'm glad your home and on the mend. We'll be back to normal with beach bodies in no time!!!
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No meds....I caught the blood clot on time before it even started to progress. I cant wait to enjoy my body this summer n wear sexy dresses!!! Lol
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Hi Ashley , I'm 4 days post TT how did you suspect about blot clot is that common post TT , also I have sharp pain in my left side every time I sit or stand my whole abdomen has bruise and super tight , are this all normal , need help ladies
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I just had my TT done on April, 15th, 2015. I felt great that day, my pain level is and has been a 5. I have more discomfort from the swelling and the girdle I'm wearing. The MOM is a MUST for the smooth move of the bowels. I haven't taken a lot of the pain meds, but still need the MOM. My emotions are on a roller coaster, but it's normal for me post surgery. I've got to suggest one thing that was never mentioned. I got a neck ring for traveling. It's supports my neck when I doze off sitting up. Best $ spent for this whole thing. I went a day with a stiff neck, not even thinking about a travel pillow. Sleeping sitting up stinks, having this pillow is worth a million to me! (Plus it's a cute leopard print). I've got to say- I can't even begin to express my excitement about my "playground" and upper thighs being lifted too!!! I had NO idea it was going to do what it did for them!!! I'm super excited for bathing suit season now!!
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Just returned from the dr,drains came off,and like he said I am healing nicely.It is such a relief without those drains I finically got to see the new me.Wow it's amazing even with the swelling.The pains from sitting up and lying down is gone but I still have to contend with the pain when I try to stand straight.Oh we'll and that too shall pass away.How ar you doing hope all your issues like mine is slowly fading away.
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Hey glad ur feeling better and got ur drains taken out.. I went yesterday to see my ps he took off the bandages n let me tell u I look like blueberry muffin there because he had to do alot of lipo on my sides. So I go to him in another week n see what he says.
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Thanks ! I guess you are still swollen will be much better by next week.I am too all my buttocks and my back and sides but u know comes with the territory.Hang in there I know you will look real good we just have to give it time.
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Blueberry muffin....I just love that!! I was exactly the same, even after 4 weeks PO, my skin is still kinda grey-ish. I consider those bruises a badge of honour in a war where the belly lost :-) Glad both you & Sexy are feeling better....isnt it just fabulous not having all that flesh hanging around??
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Honestly I cant say its fabulous not yet. Sleeping at night sucks n walkin sucks...im so miserable :(
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I never looked at it like that but yeah we won.Thanks it feels real good in knowing there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel.
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Still early days....hang in there, it will get better. Promise! :-)
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Just a thought Ashley....are you still taking your pain medication? I needed at least ibuprofen & paracetamol right past week 2 & a little into week 3....only after that did I feel more comfortable. Take em if you need em hun...dont be a hero!
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They didn't give me much pain meds because I had the pain pump...I haven't really taken anything yet. I want get the clearance first from ps what I can take.
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Might be worth giving them a call if you're feeling so awful. We dont have the pain pump in the UK, I was on morphine immediately post op, then paracetamol/codeine for a few days before just paracetamol & ibuprofen (The US equivalent is Tylenol I think)
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