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Supplies You Need After Tummy Tuck Surgery

  • 4 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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My husband will be taking off of work to help me. I'm worried about my kids and what they will think. I hope they don't get scared. My youngest is five and I have twin 9yr. olds. Anyone have advice on what to tell them?
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Simply tell the kids you are having some mommy surgery, but everything will be ok.  Include them in some of the after care and they will feel needed and important.  It can be simple things like getting you ice water or a snack.   If they feel needed and included they will be happy.

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I actually posted a bit about this on my page. My kids are 5, 9, and 12. Take a look if you'd like.
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Ladies I have a tip for those of you with drains. I had 2 tabs on my drains that the nurse used a safety pin to secure the drains to my binder. The pins freaked me out I was worried if poke a drain line so my mom got me some Velcro with the sticky back. We sewed a strip of Velcro into my binder on each side and then covered the tabs on the drains with Velcro. Now my drains stick to me with no pins! SO MUCH BETTER!! I added a pic to my profile to show this.
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so cool I will remember this when it is my time... I am making a journal of all the wonderful things I learn on REAL SELF so when I ever get this money up. I am all good... got a lot of info you ladies are so wonder thank you soooooooosssooooooooooooooooo much.
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I did not see the profile, not sure what doing on this site though. I went to your page.
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oooooooooooooooops I see it great...job. Question did you get what did you do to your breast may I ask... ?
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Just had tt, lipo and breast lift last Thursday (8/15/14). I will say, I'd do it again tomorrow. Pain wasn't bad at all, in fact, I actually forgot I even had my breast done. Tubes are a pain in the butt, but again, pain manageable. I did have a pain pump, that may be the key. Feeling pretty darn good, but bummed the drainage tubes aren't coming out for another week.
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NEED some picture hon, great congrads to you..
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Wonderful, thank you for the update.
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Thank you so much for this post. I am trying to prepare as best as possible. This has been really helpful.
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Glad I could be of help.
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Hi, what a great list to pass on kimmers, I am most grateful for it. I'm heading in for my tt, breast lift and lipo a week from today (8/15/14). Bummed because I can only take a week off of work. Am I doomed?
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I'm heading in for my tt a week from today. Also doing lipo and breast lift. I'm thankful I found this, but worried, I can only take a week off work! Any advice?
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So nervous! I'm going on 08/05 so I'm reading everything. I'm trying to get all prepared. Anything that you wish you had or needed? Nightgowns? What did you wear- right after and over the next few weeks? Any clothing do's or dont's? I bought a button up moomoo but I'm curious about compression garments and how long?
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I will be thinking about you this week!    Please start your journey with us so that we can all follow you.  You will want comfortable, loose fitting clothes for a while.  I found that a size XL mans cotton t-shirt was the best for me the first week.  Wear a soft bra and you can pin the drains to the bottom band of the bra under the t-shirt.  
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What is best to wear to and from surgery?
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Any comfortable and over sized clothes.  A zip up hoodie and capri work out pants always work well.   
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Had a TT with muscle repair and lipo on Friday worse pain ever when does this soreness start to go away
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First two weeks are a beast, it will start to improve after that.  
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Sorry for not replying sooner, but it's been almost 3 weeks since my surgery and just now getting my brain alive and working again. It's been a rough few week but am healing and recouping well. I've had a nagging UTI since catheter has come out. Besides the complete TT, I also had hernia repair surgery. They found hernias and adhesions on bowel and other places, which has made my surgery a total success on several levels. My surgeons are both in South Florida and I recommend them both highly, but I live 3 hours away, so I stayed down there for 2 weeks after surgery and came home this past Tuesday. The trip home did exhaust me but as Dorothy said "There's o place like home". Thank you for all of the support and messages I've received. This site is wonderful.
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Glad to hear your FINE and that the operation was a blessing in more ways than one. You found out that there were more to be done than just what you wanted and that's a blessing. Wow God is awesome. So glad your fine. :-) and finer than ever now :-)
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It sounds like you are coming along well.  Hang on and everything will get back to normal.  
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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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