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Can we stand up straight after tummy tuck?

  • melsflossin
  • 3 years ago

I've read where some PS will allow you to stand straight after TT if you can. How long did it take to do it for all of you. My PS told me i can go back to work in 1 week. I am a nurse who passes out medicaitons. Physically easy job.

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Today I am 7 days post -op of a full tummy tuck with muscle repair. I had exparel and my pain was minimal. My only problem was nausea. I was so terrified of throwing up. My doctor gave me medicine for that. My drains were removed today and it felt like a creature slivering inside of me. I cannot stand upright and my back is hurting. Exparel is a miracle drug.
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Hi to all of you. I am 50, have three kids, and I am 23 days post TT, plus breast surgery. I had my 17 year old saline implants removed, got a breast lift and breast reconstruction with fat grafting, because I just didn't want implants any more. The result: I used to be a C+, now I'm a C-, but finally with natural, soft, and most of all, perfectly shaped breasts! Unlike my prior PS's, my new PS is female. I found her through an AM radio show. She is a type A personality, absolutely incredible, uses cutting edge procedures and technology and has won 2 national awards (out of 3 candidates nation wide.) Yet her charges are as modest as her demeanor and her address ( Oxnard, CA). I didn't get drains, because there is a new procedure where you don't need any drains. Yessss!!! My tummy is flat and my abs are showing beautifully. I went back to work at the office 12 days after the operation. The mornings were fine, but it got more difficult in the afternoons. For the first 2 weeks after the procedure I walked at the speed (and posture! ;) of an old grandma, but during the third week I started to pick up more and more speed. I still have trouble standing up/ walking completely straight. My PS told me if I don't straighten out soon I will have back aches. And yes, she was right, as of yesterday I do. However, every day I see significant progress in my healing progress. Also, two and a half weeks after my procedure my PS took the regular tape off the incisions and put this new kind of clear, broad silicone tape on it. The way it works is that at first, when removing this silicone tape from the packaging, it stretches out, but once applied to your skin it shrivels and pulls together, thus perfectly tightening the incision. It is the number one thing on the market to promote scar healing as thin and invisible as possible. These bandages cost extra, and get re-applied every 1-2 weeks, for up to 3 months. To me it's totally worth it. I stopped wearing the compression binder two and a half weeks after surgery. I am surprised on how rock hard my tummy feels. I hope it will get back to normal some day. Also, I haven't dared to have intercourse yet. Anyone with experience on how soon after the operation we can safely approach that? I noticed a sharp itching sensation in the lower abdomen with the use of tampons. Thanks for reading, smiles, and a speedy recovery to all of us!
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Hi, Im 3 weeks post op, I had full TT and Breast Implants. Yesterday I was upset because of may back pain from not being able to stand straight. I did an experiment, I didn't wear any compression garment and slept on my back without a pillow. I had a pillow underneath both legs whenever I feel Im stretching it too much. I woke up feeling better pain wise on my back, then I asked my husband to lay down a yoga mat and laid on my back again no pillows then gradually just stretching my legs and stop when I feel its too much. Im feeling better today, hope it will get better everyday as my Dr. said. Happy healing to all.
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A lot of stretching throughout the day helped a lot. I had a lot of back pain and issues getting completely straight until almost 5 weeks. Even now at 3 months some days I find myself rolling my shoulders forward if I am too swollen and tight.
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Are you having muscle repair or just skin removal? If you are having muscle repair I doubt you'll be back at work within a week. And not standing up straight.
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After how many days should I be able to drive? I need to drive kids for summer activities on 12th day!
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Forgot to mention muscle repair w mini tummy tuck.
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GOT MY DRAINS OUT YAYYY and no it didn't hurt just burn like hell I go back next Monday to see him 12 days post op. I had to go get a tight tank compression to wear cause of the lipo. some of my friends told me they wore the binder a long while during day and night to help stomach stay tight is that true? the doctor told me I should have it off in 3 weeks
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I'm scared bout getting drains Out I'm going tomorrow can anybody help on some advice please I'm a lil afraid. Thanks
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The drain removal is easy and painless!
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It doesn't burn ?
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I was given gas and air, so didn't feel a thing. The drain site is the most tender area in the healing process.
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Ok I hope I hope so. : )
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It burns a bit . But it's so fast that are not in pain. I had two drain my doctor pulled both at the same time. But if you are scared of the pain take some pain meds before the doctors app. That will help
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I just had my TT yesterday no pain no nausea just pulling and tugging and burn sensation when and how long can I stand straight
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Hi there, take your time don't rush things. I was weeks before I could stand straight and have a washboard flat stomach now. My PS said that it takes at least 10 days to be able to stand. All the best with your recovery - rest rest rest!! Vic z
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thank you I actually feel pretty good I have no pain just uncomfyness hunchback lol so it took you 10 days I think that's good not sure every recoops different when did you have your procedure?
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You are removing your drains 2 days after surgery??
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I had my surgery last thursday
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Are they to stay in longer? I'm assuming they will come out tomorrow
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I'm 21 months post op now. It took me 6 weeks to be perfectly straight. My PS said 10 days was the minimum time, but although I did suffer with backache because of the hunching it was a small price to pay.
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Oh yes my back is killing me,,,,
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I'm p/o day 6 from an extended tummy tuck with muscle repair and lipo to abdomen, flanks, and lower back... All of my swelling is in my hips and I've had way more pain than expected. I've had 2 c sections and thought it would be similar in pain but found out not so much haha but still I think it was worth it!! One drain partially fell out and I had to pull it out the rest of the way today but doc said its fine, just bandage it and he'll see me in a couple days. I still have to walk hunched over because he took a hell of a lot of skin off and my tummy is so tight! But it's so nice to have a flat tummy again!!
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My experience exactly!! I'm 19 days post OP an still not walking straight.
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I am so surprised! I expected the worst but I am 5 days post op and had NO pain yet, walk easy and only hunch a little bit. Does not feel swollen. I can eat anything, sleep well, blood drain well. Only hated the first few hours feeling silly after the op like with any op. hope that I am going to look great and cannot wait to get the drain out and have a shower. Wonderful hubby that washes my hair and rub my back! Bit constipated but will keep an eye on it. So far so good and I nearly got cold feet.
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