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Funny Things Said During the Tummy Tuck Process

  • 4 years ago

Some funny statements that have come out of my mouth during this process:

  • Look… my Who Who is so swollen that it looks like a baseball.
  • What is that leaking out of the whole in my hip….ooh nasty!
  • Help me, it hurts and I have to poop. Seriously…UGH Like my husband could go for me.
  • You are going to put what where?
  • What is that? Where did that bump come from? I didn’t pay for that.
  • The playground is closed…sorry!
  • Who shaved me there…was it the nurse or a Keebler Elf. Keep in mind I said this to the nurse while I was on heavy narcotics at the hospital. Boy I don’t do well on drugs. At least I provided some good comedy to the nursing staff.
  • My body is spitting out stitches again!!
  • Can you please rub my butt because it hurt’s. Now what makes this so funny is that I asked my teenager this question. His face was worth a million bucks! What I meant to ask was will you rub my back….came out all wrong. Again, I blame this on the pain meds.
  • Keep your sense of humor through this process because you will need it. It is all good but you will face some challenges and a long healing process. Just make sure that you go in with realistic expectations. You will not come out looking like a Victoria’s Secret model and your stretch marks will not all be gone. Also make sure that you are healthy and in good physical shape, and that you take time for yourself with some pampering and relaxation prior to surgery. I hope sharing my experiences and craziness helps you in your journey.
Best of luck to you on your Tummy Tuck journey!
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Thank you for these steps great help x
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You are welcome.
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I had my surgery a week ago today. I woke up thinking this isn't as bad as I expected. Don't get me wrong, it is painful but I've had much worse. The difference is that this discomfort lasts longer. My biggest complaints are having no shower and my butt and back hurting from not being able to take the pressure off them. After researching for nearly 8 years, and always chickening out, I finally did it! I realized the commitment and everything I would go through, I just didn't realize how BIG the commitment was. You have to sacrifice more than just being in pain. Not being able to shower was a big NO NO for my surgeon and unless you agree to not shower until after the drains were out, he wouldn't operate on you. Also, I HAD to stay bent at the waist, even if I could stand up straight for the first week and I think he said for the next week also. I have to give myself lovenox shots in my thigh every night for the first 2 weeks. I am one week out and I still haven't removed my binding garment yet so I have no idea what my tummy looks like yet and I won't until my appointment tomorrow to get my drains out. I am nervous about what I am going to tell people when they ask if I lost weight. I have only told one friend, one sister and my immediate family about my surgery as I know the negativity I will get from everybody else. I hate lying to them but it's really none of their business anyway. I worked hard to get this weight off (originally 206 lbs. to now 132 lbs) and after having 4 kids and a botched cesarean, I was never going to be able to lose my stomach. I don't regret my decision for one minute. Thanks for all your comments and experiences. I have learned so much reading these. Happy healing!!
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Hi Tricia....Im 11 day post op...had my tummy tuck, breast lift and implants on 8/21. I too had to inject with Lovenox and not shower for a week until my first post op appt. The big reveal at the docs office was scary....but I was surprised....every thing looked good - no bruising. He only took one drain out...I go back this Thursday for my second post op and removal of the last drain...I also had lost a considerable amount of weight....251 to 135....have kept it off for 2yrs and was ready to lose the extra baggage. Its going to take some getting used to....all this post op stuff...but Im glad Its behind me and now the focus is healing....
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CJ, congrats on your weight loss!! Believe me, I know how hard it is. It took me about 3 years to take off all the weight! I just got back from my first post-op and he removed both drains. I am surprised at how amazing I already look!! Everything is still swollen, yet I am already tiny and very tone. This is the first time in 28+ years that I haven't had that extra skin. Anyway, it did hurt when he removed my ddrains but that wasn't the worst part. I had fluid pool around my sacrum on the back side and he had to suction it out. He had to poke me 6 to 8 times and suction all the fluid out. It ended up being about 60 ml and he said there was still more in there but he would leave it and try to let my body handle the rest. If I go back next week and it's pooled again, I have to go through that again. This explains a lot because the only thing that actually hurt on my body was my back (right where the fluid was). Unlike you, I do have a lot of bruising on my back from the lipo. Even with all that, I will never regret getting this done! I am already thrilled with the outcome and it's only been 8 days!! I really did have the most amazing PS though! He's the best in Arizona and now I can see why :) Positive thoughts on a complete and speedy recovery for both of us...
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My doctor said wear it for 3 months
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Same to you Tricia ....Do take care and take it easy.
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Thank you for the info! I feels better knowing ahead of time what to expect from someone that already went through it.
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Approaching week four and things are getting back to normal. Still having some discomfort sleeping and some swelling but am getting around really well! Still amazed at how my apron of skin is not there! Feeling happy. Wearing a tube dress right now on my way to brunch. YIPPPEEEEE!
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You bet, let me know if you have any questions.  
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Thank you for the update, glad to hear you are doing so well.   
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How long do u wear ur binder for. Going for 4 week post op tomorrow. Seems like everyone is a little different. Still swelling a lot in belly at the end of the day.
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You will notice some swelling for a few weeks.  Some experience more than others but this is normal.  Talk to your doctor and ask how long he wants you wearing the binder.  
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OMG! I just sneezed. ....yikes!!!!!!
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Oh Nooooo...do not sneeze.   When you feel it coming on grab a pillow, press it to your tummy and bend at the waist.  Hold it tight and this will help ease the pain.  
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Thank you so much for all this valuable information!
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Day 12 post op and am totally off pain meds. Tried to sleep in bed last night for first time and still have challenges but things are getting better. Belly button is still bleeding a little...is this normal?
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Can anyone tell me about a suture reaction?
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What exactly are you needing to know about the sutures?
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Hello this survival guide was funny but so true. I had surgery on July 28, 2014. I did ask one time What the he'll have I done. I hAve no regrets my . My tummy tuck was courtesy of breast reconstruction ( 6 year survivor) and having homogenous kids. The nurses told me when I came out of surgery I said" I sure could use a price of fried chicken.
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I meant gigantic children lol
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Haha. I had 3 giant turkeys too. Each were 10 and a half pounds. I had my surgery August 6th and am still in the what have I done ohase. Yes I am happy but am going crazy with my continued discomfort and limitations. I do know that in only a short time I will be thrilled just like you!
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Welcome to the forum fern.   When did you have your surgery?
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Aug 6th 12 days poet op and yesterday was true turning point. Feeling good!
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Congrats, hang in there it gets better.
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