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Supplies You Need After Tummy Tuck Surgery

  • 3 years ago

Here are my suggestions for things you'll need after tummy tuck surgery. This is part of my Tummy Tuck Survival Guide
 
• Tylenol

• Your prescribed pain medications.

• Palmer’s Vitamin E Skin Therapy Oil.

• Gauze pads or some sort of soft bandages for your incision.

• About 7 pair of cotton granny panties. Don’t spend a ton of money on these because you will most likely toss them after you have healed. They are comfortable and you will be oozing and leaking for a while.

• Milk of Magnesia or stool softener.

• Fresh fruits and veggies, lean protein and protein shakes. You will want to eat really healthy after surgery. This will help your healing process.

• Magazines for reading when you are not sleeping from the drug induced coma.

• A person to stay with you for at least the first 3-4 days. You are going to need help so just surrender.

• If you have small children make sure you have someone to take care of them as well.

• An elastic exercise band. The type they use in PT for therapy. It looks like a big rubber band. You will need this for showering while you have your drains in place. Put it around your neck, tie loosely and safety pin the drains to it. I found this the easiest way to control the placement while I showered. And did I mention what a sexy look this is! Picture this….you are standing in your bathroom naked, swollen belly hips and thighs, lime green elastic band around your neck, drains hanging from your body, things oozing from many areas on your body, your hair a total mess from laying in a bed for a few days and puffy eyes from who knows what! But this shower you are about to take is going to feel so amazing. More on that later.

• Ice packs. I found these helped my lower back that was so sore from being hunched over.

• This is the most important to me….rent a hospital bed for the first two weeks following surgery. This was a life saver for me. There is no way I would have been able to get in and out of bed without the power operated assistance. Plus you can elevate your legs and position just right. Just call a local medical supply company and they will deliver, set up and pic up when you are done. Mine also came with the sheets, waffle pad and a very soft fleece pad. Oh it was so comfy. I had it set up in my living room which is bright and cheerful. I didn’t want to be stuck up in the bedroom all alone for the first couple of weeks. I wanted to be in the middle of all the family craziness. It was great because I was close to the kitchen, bathroom and had everything right at hand.

If you have any questions please reach out to me at Kimmers25.
 
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Antsy as surgery day is a week away (07/28/14). Kind of nervous because my doctor doesn't pre prescribe antibiotics. I mean this is a major surgery right. Full Tummy Tuck with Diastasis Recti repair. I have my Norco (is this going to be strong enough?), and my ColQlace, and Phenagrin. Also, I am a vegetarian and am afraid of eating to "green" because of the gas/bloating. I can't starve myself. Any feedback is appreciated :)
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My Dr didn't pre perscribe antibiotics either they gave them to me in the iv. They are so strong that way really don't worry about it. Do know what to tell you I'm a meet eater but I will tell you. YOU DON'T want to get Gass so heads up. Good luck.
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@happy hannah check ur inbox
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I am only going to have help for 2 nights after my surgery and I am terrified. Im wondering what in the world Im gonna do!
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my daughter who is a nurse will come and help take care of me for a week and my sister is a nurse as well and my mother.. i will be well taken care of, but i will be going insane with all of them around!! Just kidding, but I will have help so that makes me feel better. Best of luck I think you will find great support on here to help you.
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Wow that's a blessing, hey when I get mine, can I borrow one for 3 days... LOL Wow nice to have that kind of help, I don't know what I am going to do, my hubby is not so good at this...but I pray I can get a walker as suggested.. your day is almost here. Oh how I pray so hard to find a way to get this done, my prayer is October.... so nice to talk with someone that understands how this is not foolish....
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Jewelie, God answers the prayers of our heart so don't worry he is working it out for you. BTW: no matter what anyone says there is nothing foolish about wanted to feel good about yourself. Those who think it's foolish probably wishe they could do it. But as we all know this is not an inexpensive surgery. Good luck and keep posting we are here for you...
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my bf is good with this his daughter just got a heart transplant at age 22.. its been a long 3 years for him.. he's a great "nurse"...
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wow thanks so much, You just don't know how much you guys put in people lives on this page... Blessings to all. Thanks you so much Zie, God bless....
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Thank you so much, you guys are AWESOME....
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May I ask her name so I can pray for her, if not the Lord knows just like to personalize..and be specific with God... words are important....:-)
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Having help the first two nights is wonderful; this is the worst time.  You will be able to manage with some prep.  Keep in mind you will be moving slow and this requires patience.

Do you have any pets of children at home?
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WOW in tears so wonderful
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having my mommy makeover in 2 days! yikes! you are all so helpful. love reading all of your successes and recommendations. ;)
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Good luck!
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best of luck and you can do it..
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I made it out successfully. I'm very happy with results and am recovering nicely. Have to stay on top of this pain pills!
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Take care, and allow them to take care of you sweetie, be patient I know probably the hardest thing. I can't wait for mine every time I look at the scare it hurts, but when I look at the result its wonderful. Keep in touch.... and GOD BLESS
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Thank you guys! And I'm relieved to hear about the coughing. I was very concerned about that. It hurts like crazy!
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I am having a TT and hernia repair on July 21st. Yikes, it's soon. I'm very excited but appreciate all the tips you have to offer.
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Your day is almost here!!  Please let us know how everything is going.
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Shall do! Thanks. Xx
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Today I travel to The DR for my ttl, lipo on thighs sides and back Surgery will be July 16th. This time has come so fast my spouse will accompany me on this journey and he's very supportive as my 2 sons are and daughter and daughter in laws are. I've prayed and I know my God is going to take care of me. I will you you guys posted! Much pray from the real self community
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Very exciting and happy you have support. I will keep you in my prayers. Can't wait to hear how it all turns out. Xx
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