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I am so nervous, afraid of the pain after a tummy tuck

  • Manhattan122
  • Manhattan NY
  • 3 years ago

july 3,2011,  July 5 is the date of my tummy tuck,  I am very nervous afaid of the pain cleaning the house all day so when I get home staying overnite I will come home to a clean house.  Any one else afraid like me.  

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I'm having a full tummy tuck in 4 weeks. I think I can handle the pain (I delivered my twin boys, which weighed 8 lbs EACH, vaginally with no epidural). What I am most concerned about it the drain tube (seeing them, cleaning them, etc). I have a VERY weak stomach when it comes to that type of thing. How long do the tubes stay in and how hard are they to clean? Thank you for any feedback!
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Im also having a muscle plication because my waste was 64 inches when I was full term with my twins. My muscles under my ribs are "bowed out". I still look like i'm pregnant and my twins are 18 years old! I'm terrified and excited at the same time.
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The drains were easy to deal with. Try not to worry about those. My 14 year old daughter even helped me without being queasy. It is a bulb, flip open the lid, empty the drain, squeeze the bulb, close the lid. Good luck with your surgery and recovery! This site was so helpful!
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Drains were not bad at all (of course i do NOT have a weak stomach at all so that may be why) but they weren't gross, just some red liquid. And there was no smells or anything coming from them. I think you will be more bothered by the inconvenience and sometimes the uncomfortableness of them.
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I wish that I had seen this site before tonight. I am post-op day 6 and currently struggling with insomnia, I believe from the hydrocodone. So, each day I get closer to being able to one day say, "I am so glad I had this surgery". Right now, I still have one drain and the abdominal binder. It also has been 6 days since a hot shower. I am moving better but still sore. I hope to go back to work on post-op day 12. What have been your experiences with drains and getting back to work (desk job but on a large campus with lots of walking). Ps- I had a TT, lipo to upper abd, flanks and love handles (12 pounds).
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I wasn't so afraid of the pain than what the results would be like. The pain is there yes...but it is not an excruciating thing that you want to scream and die from. it is very uncomfortable and gets better. Take things slow, move gingerly and take the pain meds when needed. You will be fine!
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You will be fine. It is painful at times but you will adapt. Just be mindful of your movements especially when getting off and on your bed. just take your time!! don't forget your pain meds- but only take them if it's absolutely necessary. take care!
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It is VERY painful!! I had a TT and lipo yesterday. I was on and off sleeping. (Mostly off) I have a pain pump and it only activates on movement. I walked around a bit but, it becomes painful to be hunched over. Also was given Tylenol with codeine, which feels like it doesn't work.
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I was scared to death...not going to sugar coat anything either...it was surprisingly easy. I know you are not going to believe me but i did not take pain meds as they made me sick. Now THAT is painful, throwing up with a TT. Uncomfortable is the best way to describe it. Your back pain will be worse than your stomach...at least in my case, I am 10 days post op.
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My surgery is in 5 days and I still don't know if I'm going to go through with it. I'm so scared it makes me sick to my stomach thinking about it. I'm afraid of blood clots from not being able to move around alot.
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I would not worry about blood clots at all. Just make it a point to move around every couple of hours or so. The pain is not bad it was more of a burning. I took a week off and went back on week 2. I was hunched over but by Friday I was standing tall. It does hurt to cough or laugh that shall pass in time. You will be fine girl!!
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I take that back I did have pain but thinking back on it, it was uncomfortable and like a burning pain. If that make sense. I am 5 mths out now and I still have swelling but that is normal but I have lost 13lbs and 10 or so inches all over. I have to be careful working out cause that is really uncomfortable.
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Thank you so much for your reply :)
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hi did you go through with it? I am feeling lie you mine is scheduled end of the month and feel like I am going to have anxiety. How did you do if you went through with it?
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My tt is tomorrow im terrified someone please help me
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You will be okay. I about had a nervous breakdown the night before mine and I went in the morning not knowing if I would go through with it or not, but I did and I am so happy I did it. The pain was not bad at all - I built this thing up to be a monster in my head and it wasn't. I was at a cocktail party seven days later and the day after I stopped in Dick's Sporting Goods with my husband. I am not kidding you. As long as you have a trustworthy surgeon (you did your homework, right?) you will be okay. Are you having muscle plication? From what I understand, that adds a lot of pain. I opted out of muscle plication because I didn't think I could handle it. One thing to keep in mind that I didn't know upfront is that the nerve endings in your stomach skin get severed during the procedure (that is why your stomach will feel numb for a year afterward). Since it is numb, there will be little to no incision pain. I wish someone would have told me that because I was very worried about incision pain and I worried for nothing. Good luck to you and remember that with no pain there is no gain. I LOVE my new stomach and I would go through it again in a heartbeat. It is like a few days of uncomfortableness for a lifetime of a flat stomach.
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I will be praying for u. Yes it will be uncomfortable, but u can do it. Being nervous is normal I are having a major surgery. Ur stomach will be so numb what will be so sore is the tightening of the muscles. It's goin to be fine. It will be a year in May for me and it's by far the best thing I did. U will feel the same way as urs heals.
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That's just it the doctor hasn't even talked to me at all just the girl in the office ... i did my research late and he has alot of bad talk about his bed side manor :( my surgery is at 11am tomorrow im aready telling myself im not doing it. This was all i wanted for more than 3 years i lost 130lbs im 130 now my belly is so nasty im so uncomfortable in my jeans etc. .im so scared i can't think straight: (
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That's not good. Did u see before and after pics. The only thing is if u back down and u put down money u won't get it back.
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I put down a deposit only i'm supposed to pay tomorrow ..its dr bruce kadz look him up tell me what you think please
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Is the doctor a board certified plastic surgeon and is the surgical facility accredited? I just copied this off of a website for you - I would see what you can find on the internet tonight or call in the morning before you go to verify at least that the surgeon is a board certified in plastic surgery and that the facility where the surgery is to be done is accredited. If you can not be satisfied with the answer, I would reschedule until you can be sure. These two things are extremely important. Here is what I copied: The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) certifies physicians in plastic surgery of the entire body, including the face, neck, and full body. These physicians have the most stringent surgical training requirements and have the highest standards of certification for plastic surgery procedures for the whole body and face, including procedures such as breast augmentation, abdominoplasty and facelift. While some cosmetic plastic surgery procedures are performed in a hospital, many are performed in a surgeon's office, surgical suite, or other facility. These facilities must meet certain quality standards to be accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). Setting standards for office-based surgery has become a collaborative effort sponsored by the ASPS. You can read the standards and verify that an office or facility is accredited by the AAAASF by visiting their surgery facilities web page.
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What i have scheduled is a extended tummy tuck .that means the cute line will go a little ways more past each hip
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Cut*
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What city is he located in?
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Beverly hills California
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