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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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I just received TT date of Dec 15, 2014. I had RNY in April 2009 and have lost a total of 132#. Really don't know what to expect after surgery. I only know that I need to make this final step in my weight loss journey. Any insight into what to expect would be wonderful.
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I am now 12 days post op and things are getting a lot better. I still can't stand straight without holding onto something or the Walker. Im waiting for the day I am able to do that. To Stop all medications. To Take the drains off. My question to anyone is What type of foods can I eat. Anything. I'm getting pretty tired of eating the same stuff but I'm also afraid to gain weight without any exercise. Oh and have I mentioned I'm a total emotional wreck :( anything would help. Anything. Thank you all so much
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Congrats on 12 days post op lettygonzalez! My TT was pushed back to January since my doctor felt I was "not ready" and would get better results if I lost 10-15 more pounds. I was emotional after hearing that but eventually appreciated the honesty! Your questions are ones I have written down too. What to eat when not exercising is a big one. Hopefully the RS community will pour in with suggestions because I am taking notes for when it's my turn. As for the walker, did you rent yours and was/is it worth it? Best of luck and as I have seen many post - welcome to the "flat side!" I'll be joining you soon.
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ok my nerves are shot. My date got moved up to Nov 4 ( my mums birthday!) 8am surgery at MGH in Boston. I am hoping they give me something for my nerves to get me to the hospital. Ive never taken anything but a valium before surgery before. I am anxious, nervous, stress headaches. I am having a TT with basic lipo. I am taking 3-4 weeks off from work. I hope thats long enough at least i work in a office and sit on my ass all day. What do I need for at home. I have a nice comfy double recliner couch. I got extra gauze pads for stiches, heat pads for my backaches, unscented baby wipes, what about scar cream? Books for boredom, movies downloaded. HELP!!! THanks! I've only lost 20 pounds I am 5'3" and weigh 160 pounds. Hoping to loose another 5 pds in the next 3 weeks.
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Hi Ellie. I'm going at exact same time as you. I have my pre op on the 3rd and op on the 4th at 8 am. At least that's the time I have to be there. I'm more excited than nervous. It would be good to keep up with each other's progress. I'm having mine done in Madrid in Spain. Facilities, hospital and Docs are amazing. Can't wait
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You are going to be fine!   Great job with the weight loss, you should be proud of that accomplishment.  
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I am. Today i pulled out my back and cant walk. What a week!
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Oh no!!!
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Hi! I am new to this site but I'm so glad I found it. I Am scheduled for my TT with lipo tomorrow at 5:30 am and OMG I'm freaking out. I even thought if calling it all off. I have a very strong support system by my husband but I'm still scared. What keeps me going is not only the future results of my TT but I suffer from lower back pain and I'm praying it has to do a lot with my midsection. I am 5'3 and weigh 185 pounds. My doctor didn't tell me anything about losing weight or that I had to in order to get the best results. Now I'm second guessing myself with everyone else telling me that I should of waited until I lost more weight :( any advise will be truly appreciated. I'm having a hard time n now I'm afraid it's too late
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Hi, I just went to what I thought was going to be my last pre-op appointment before my big October 13th (got moved up 1 day) but it wasn't! My doctor said I maid "big strides" in losing 18 lbs. however, he said that I would get some improvement with doing the TT now but would not get that "OMG wow factor." He put the ball in my court and let me make the final decision. Honestly, I keep reading that the more you lose te better the results. My doctor said, the more I lose the more skin that hangs the better the outcome. My main issue was visceral internal fat that makes it hard for him to get that "flat flat" look because that kind of fat is hard and could cause lumping. So for now my surgery has been pushed to January 13th, 2015 giving me another 3 months to diet and lose as much weight to get the optimal results. At the end of the day, this procedure is costly and I want to get the very best results I can for my money so that in the end there are NO regrets. Your situation may be different and that's why your doctor didn't recommend weightloss first, but from my overall research, most doctors would encourage and recommend it first. Good luck and keep us posted. I'm actually going to do my own blog of my journey because my doctor has been wonderful and honest with me.
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I am thinking about you today...
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I made it. Something I thought was never going to happen. I'm here. Trying To get through it. Definitely One of the most painful situations I have done. I'm Having such a hard time with it. I Want the pain to go away. Coughing attacks are the worst :(
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Any advise I could get on how to make recovery a lil better would help so much. I wanted too ween away from my valiums but I have noticed that it just makes me feel worst :( is been a painful exhausted and very emotional roller coaster. I'm still wearing the hospital gown. I really want to feel a lil Alive. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
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Hang on and the days will get easier.  The first week is the worst but you can do this.
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One day at a time and don't wean off the meds yet.  You need pain relief in order to heal properly.  Don't be a hero..rest and medicate for now.  Make sure you are moving around every hour for about 15 minutes.  Laying around all the time will make you still and sore.   How soon before you can shower?
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i am scheduled for 11-11-14 and i am getting as nervous as hell!
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I had a breast reduction and tt on oct 9th. I have say the pain from the tt was unbelievable I really did not expect it. I think I am gradually getting better
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The nerves will soon calm..
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I had a tt with hernia repair on 10/7 and so far so good. I am pretty surprised at how good I feel, especially since I was terrified going in, having a panic attack the night before surgery. My one piece of advice is to take arnica pellets before and after surgery. So far I've had no bruising and minimal swelling. Good luck to all and try not to stress before!
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Thanks for the advice Baileymax!
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And drink tons of water! With electrolytes if possible. You'll do great!
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Yes the pain is something else!  Glad you are now feeling better.
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What are arnica pills?
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I made it! Yay! I can honestly say pain is to a minimal now. I still feel it but not as bad. What Hurts the most is my back Because of the hunched walking. I get tired of I do a lot like walk for now than 20 minutes or sitting most of the day instead of lying down in bed. Today I am 10 days post op. Drains are still in and no shower yet :( but I'm excited to see my Dr tomorrow for a follow up. My bruising has come down as well. I still feel swollen from my flanks area but not as bad anymore. Thank you all for your responses and advise. I must say I love my results. So much I would love to put it all over the Web n tag certain ppl that still have their negative opinions and comments about my surgery. But oh well. All this was done for me and only me. Can't wait to start working out as well.
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Arnica pellets by Boiron. Just ask your doctor if it's ok to take them.
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