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What to expect: the first 3 days post-op

  • 1 year ago

Our fabulous member and RealFriend Blond in Bluffton has put together recollections of her first three days after surgery. If you're wondering what's in store immediately post-op, read on.

Day 1
I arrived home -getting out of and walking from the car to my bed was horribly painful. I had 3 shots of Demerol before I left the surgery center and I would have thought I would feel no pain. Not the case. I was oozing from the lipo to my back, thighs and flanks and my abs were burning. My husband got me settled in bed and I said to him in a drug haze if I don't move at all there is no pain. He laughed and asked what the pain felt like. You know how the nurse said you will wake up feeling like you did a 1000 crunches? She neglected to tell me I would need a fire hose to put out the  feeling of burning  tight muscles.

Every time I moved in the slightest I felt like my stomach had a bunch of rubber bands running from my upper abs to my lower abs that were stretched to the max.   Weirdly I wasn't feeling much pain in my breasts or the lipo yet.

Once in bed I drifted off to sleep for a few mins then woke up and had to go to the bathroom.. I called my husband to help me up. OH WOW I was thankful  I had a toilet seat riser/portable toilet at the end of my bed. Getting up was the worst sharp burning pain I have ever felt - I was happy to only have a few steps to the toilet. I really felt my lipo when I had to sit to go to the bathroom. The back of my thighs felt like a cheese grader had gotten to them I moaned and cried a bit.I can only imagine what  I looked liked- a crazy drugged up oozing mess. I got back into bed my husband gave me some crackers and water to take my meds with so my stomach would not be upset. And off to dreamland I went.

Day 2

I slept for 20 hours the 2nd day- no joke! My husband had set times to give me my meds- even waking me up in the middle of the night- not that I knew what the time was I was so out of it. I still  didn't want to drink much I dreaded getting up to go to  the bathroom. But I did- obviously I had to go. Any time I had to get up my husband had to help me- really he did most of the heavy lifting. Every time I got up I groaned loudly and shed a few tears from the pain, i can only imagine what the neighbors thought? I did get up to walk around (to reduce the chance of blood clots) I must have been such sight all bent over like the hunch back of Norte dame! There was no way I was standing straight. After each time I got up I said to my husband why did I do this to myself?

My husband tried to get me to eat but I had no desire to. He made me fruit smoothies. Frozen fruit, protein shake mix, a little milk and a little oj- good nutrition with out having to eat a lot.  I   only drank  maybe half of them when he made them but it was better then nothing. I ate a few saltines(low sodium) and animal crackers but not much. I had no appetite really but had to eat/drink something.

For the rest of the day I drifted in and out of sleep with not a lot of concept of what was going on around me or time, which was probably a good thing. But I knew what was going on when I had to get up for any reason.... OUCH!

Day 3

Again my husband woke me up every 3 hours and every 6 hours for my meds. It's so important to stay on top of them. I can not imagine how much more pain I would of been in if he hadn't.  Again if I didn't move at all while I was laying down I didn't feel any pain.

My husband had my bed set up perfectly. The reason I am  not mentioning my bed until now is I didn't remember it the 1st 2 days- I was DRUGGED UP! He set it up with wedge pillow with @ 6 other  pillows. 2 on top of the wedge, 2 on either side of me, and 2 under my knees. Every time I got out of bed he changed my medical pads, fixed all my pillows and blankets.  Medical pads were a must for me- I was oozing a lot from my lipo. He left a small opening in my back open to let the fluid out. Lovely.

This was the 1st day I ate real food- not by my choice. My husband cooked me up some chicken over whole wheat pasta. It was so good as he is a way better cook then I am. But I didn't eat much. It was a little easier to get out of bed but not much. Each day everything got a tiny bit easier. We moved the portable toilet into the bathroom and used it as a toilet seat riser. That was a huge accomplishment. More for my husband then me- he didn't have empty it. Ha ha.

All in all my 1st few days were filled with pain, not wanting to eat a lot,  pain meds, sleeping, emotions that are all over the place, and  a total lack of the concept of time. I will say I remember the fact that I was in a ton pain but now I don't really remember the pain itself. It's important to have someone to help you a lot as you won't be able to do much yourself. After everything it's so totally worth it! I would do it again in second.

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Thank you for taking the time to write this up. I will be sharing this with my significant other so he has a better understanding. He has been with me through so much and I know how hard it is on him to see me in pain. I need him to understand that this is a probability and that I need him at his strongest! You rock for sharing your experience. Your results are absolutely stunning.
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I felt your pain! Well, I'll feel it for real soon enough, so thanks for the heads up :-)
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Angiemcc, This was a scary but VERY good accounting of what yo expect. I'm one of those gals who like to research and prepare as much as possible. So, scary or not, THANKS!
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Thank you! This helps me to be prepared..
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This is awesome, thanks for posting this.
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Thank you for your post. :) I was wondering if you had the pain pump? My doctor gave me the option (for a little bit extra $) and I'm not sure if its worth it.
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This could have been me 3days post MM, what a great review. Thank you for sharing
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Wow, That just painted a very clear and vivid picture for me. Thank You so much for sharing. That helps in the planning and preparing.
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Thanks for this post. Read it pre-surgery but it didn't sync in. Now, I totally relate. Friends came over to cook for me today. Love them for it but it did a number on my stomach. Lipo + compression garment and food just don't mix.
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I'm two days po I'm feeling the pain when did it start to get easier and tops would be great x
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Thank you so much for this post...my surgery is in 2 months and I am already nervous, but trying to do as much research as possible on what I will need and what to expect! :)
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Good for you! Very smart to do your research.

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Thanks, Angiemcc. I have been through plastic surgery once before when I had my neck lift after a 100 lb. weight loss and i swore I would never do it again...LOL I know mommy makeover is a WHOLE different story, so I want to be prepared!
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Great review! Thank you! I needed a great recovery review to prepare myself. I'm kind of a big cry baby and this is really helpful! I have my in two weeks! Aahhhh!! Luckily I'll stay at the hospital overnight.
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i am on day 6 cant remember day 1or 2 much took oxi-contin and dysapam,( sp) i hate painmeds but they worked!!! Moved from recliner to bed about 30 times, I had no oozing except draining into my bags . I took stool softeners didnt work. no bm for 7 days i started to panic and grown . Husband went down and bought magnesium insight lemon favor drank it down worked like a charm I hightly recommend my doctor DR Zimmerman in folsom he has mad skills and his staff is awesome
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I felt like I could have wrote this word for word!!!! My EXACT story. Thanks for sharing!
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Omg - you sound exactly like me. Everything you said for the first three days is right on target. I felt the exact same way and thank god for my husband because he did exactly what yours did. I really don't remember the first few days I was so drugged up and just slept. I had my surgery on a Thursday and had my po appt. that Monday and I vaguely remember that. I am on the road to recovery. It will be 3 weeks tomorrow and I am finally feeling normal. Thanks for sharing and telling my story too. Lol
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Just a few comments on your recovery. I'm not sure whether your surgeon suggested any anti-inflammatories. I find ibuprofen is a great medication when taken regularly after surgery. It needs to be taken in a high dose to be effective: 800mg three times a day for the first two days. Also narcotics can be very constipating so I hope you were prepared for that and taking other things to keep your bowels moving. Make sure you rest and you will have a fast recovery but remember to be moving your knees and ankles so you don't get a blood clots in your legs. Take good care!
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Thank you for sharing definitely this is a eye-opener.
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This was so helpful...I go in tomorrow!
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Great journaling of the first 3 days. Sounds like you have one awesome hubby!! Congrats!
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Thank you so much for this awesome post! I am thinking after reading this that we should have my Mom take the kids for the first 3 days! It would make my hubbas job a lot easier! I want to make sure he can do all he needs to for me. I have a feeling he might object saying he can do it all! That should be an interesting conversation!!!
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That would be a really smart move! Good luck!

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I second staying on top of the pain meds!! This would be unbearable if not. And don't even bother with a shirt. It's so not necessary. LOL.
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All I wore was my CG and sports bra
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