worried day 5 post-op

  • prissy1
  • Los Angeles, Ca
  • 3 years ago

My sides look uneven and what happened to my previous hour-glass shape? There is also a round puffiness smack in the center of my belly. Am I being paranoid?

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I know my comment is 2 years later but google the 'Belly Belt'. It's for pregnant women to continue wearing their clothes without having to buy maternity clothes! They're pant extenders and I will be using them when I go back to work after this tummy tuck. I am 5 days post-op right now :)
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I'm 5 days post op. I was feeling so today I think I over did it. I'm hurting and it hing like crazy! :(
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Hi There! I got a mini TT on July 11th with lipo contouring and my dr also stitched up my stomach muscles. I have to admit, the recovery has been tough for me and I have burst into tears several times. Dr says I am healing fine but I have had a lot of recurrent pain and am still having trouble walking and can't stand for more than a minute or two at a time. Is this normal? A lot of my problem has been the compression garment. I wore it from the Tuesday I had my surgery until the Saturday morning following my appt when the doc said I can shower. After the first dr appt, for some reason it swelled to be unbearably tight and after I showered the next day, I couldn't even get it back on! This caused me to cry and hyperventilate for about 20 minutes. I had my hubby go buy me some spanx but my thighs and pubic area are swollen too so I couldn't get that on either, I felt so claustrophobic. When I saw the dr Monday afternoon, I asked for a binder instead, thinking that would be more comfortable. I am short though and the binder kept rising up to my breasts and then I found it had left large lesions on both sides of my hips where it was cutting in. I am also especially sore in the hip area as well. I don't know what to do and am beginning to freak out again. Sorry for the novel!
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I talked to my friend who had a full tummy tuck ,she works in a office full time. She was off 10 days and went back on the 11 th day ( she was not a small lady ) she also said that the pain was not as bad as she thought and on day 3 went off the pain drug but did take something from the over the counter drug . She had drain out on day 6 I guess some people do better than others. I get my surgery on Oct. 12 and I'm so looking forward to that date. I did have a deep lip peel over 4 months ago it hurt very bad for over 8 weeks and yet is red and I cover but it gets better every day I also had a neck left and it was fine after 4 days I did take pain meds for 2 weeks but the peel hurt much worse and a lot longer.
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I took 2 full weeks off, but it wasn't enough. I only work 11 - 5, but sitting made my tummy swollen and sore. I wore loose skirts or pants, but the waistband still bothered me, if I didn't wear my binder.

I wore my binder for a whole month. It was such a comfort, and I just wore loose clothing.

I think I got my drain out on day 9 or 12, so it's not a given.

Don't rush anything, because you'll regret the delays it causes.
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Hello all, I am 17 days post op from a full tummy tuck w/ muscle repair, lipo on flanks,and in the arms. I feel fine but I'm still walking like a little a old lady.. Lol.. I'm happy with one side of my body but concerned because the other side seems much larger and is healing much slower. I hope this is not a permanent issue.
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I am at 2 weeks and one day, and I still can't work. I went to the farmers market this morning and I came home and was exhausted and sore. I can't imagine being at work all day. I plan on trying to work at week 3. even then, we'll see. I may work from home and just go into work for a day or 2 here and there. I luckily have that luxury. but I can't do much still.

and I'm not just being lazy, I want to do stuff more then anything. I'm getting stir crazy. it's enough to make a girl go mad.

10 days, no way
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Hi, I just scheduled my tt for October 7 and am excited and scared. Mostly, I'm concerned about returning to work after surgery. My doc says ten days at home is enough and thats exactly what I have planned. Is that realistc? I sit at a desk. Will sitting up for a long period be okay? Ugh, so many dumb questions. I'm glad I found you.
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Adrianne,

These are not dumb questions at all.  This is a long and hard recovery so one must be prepared.  I personally say 10 days is not enough even for a desk job.  I realize that everyone heals at a different pace and some much quicker than others but....it's pretty rough the first 2-3 weeks post op.  

Even sitting at a desk you will get stiff, sore and swollen.  Some women even still have drains at that point.  I am sure there are plenty of women who have gone back at 10 days post op but probably had regrets after they returned.  So my recommendation is always take 2-3 weeks at a minimum.  

If you are able to change this time frame I would seriously consider it.

 

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Thanks Kimmers, fortunately I can change the length of time off. Thanks for the advise!
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I am so glad for that:)

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I agree. I am having a fairly good recovery with minimal pain. Day four I went to motrin every five hours switching with vicodin, only one. Little pain but tight and swollen. I can't imagine trying to sit up at a desk at 14 days but will report back. I heal and snap back quickly but to be safe am saying two weeks minimum.
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Ok, so I am 5 days post op from a breat reduction and full Tummy Tuck...firts few days were HELL..got my drains out on day 3 post op..Day 4 post op was AWESOME! I could take on the world, almost standing and walking straight, up and down stairs...no problems. Day 5, holy shiznit! I feel like I am going to implode, my stomach is so swollen it looks and feels like it is going to burst! Need to cough desperatly, but I can't because of the anticipated pain and fear of exploding....Please tell me it gets better soon! My stomach looks as big as it did before surgery, when will I see the results of all of this agony? How do I get the swelling to go away?
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Yeah you need to take it easy and get off your feet.  That swelling is your body's way of telling you to STOP.

You need to let that body heal for the next 6 + weeks.  You only get this one chance to heal properly so do it now.  You can't fight this or your body will kick you square in the ass and you won't like it:(

Rest, ice, medicate, elevate, watch your sodium intake and drink plenty of water. 

 

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ha ha

Well, it will get better, that I can tell you.

I was very cold for a couple of weeks. Just keep a hot water bottle handy for your feet, and that will help.
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Hi Prissy, I feel allllllll of your pain. I am 5 days post opt & I felt great this morning... Went out just for some fresh air & run some errands. I feel worst now then I did day 1. I am super swollen, my back feels like it's broke & the shower gave me the chills. I started doing more research glad I found you guys I burst out crying cause I don't know how to describe my pain. I am on my way to vicodin heaven as I type..
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Hi Prissy,

You just stay in that bed all weekend without any guilt. You need the rest :)

I am glad you made it through your first week and it will continue to get better. It just takes a long time to feel normal again.

Keep drinking your fluids, apply cold packs and keep those feet up.
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So today is 17 days post op...if it weren't for the swelling and bloating I'd feel pretty good!

I think this is the last weekend I'm wearing the binder...doc said 6 weeks but all the research I've done I don't think I need it after 2 weeks...I'll continue with spanx @ work because of the afternoon swelling.

Trying not to feel guilty that I haven't left my bed today but going back to work was a doozey!
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Prissy,
Trust me it gets better. The swelling is very normal- for me it was worse after being on my feet all day. I used arinca cream on my tummy. Relax and take time for yourself. You will see this will all be so worth it. Hang in there.
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Today was the worst ever dealing with "swell hell" I am getting ready to leave the office, but I feel pregnant and my incision area is sore. So glad tomorrow is Friday, I am putting my feet up the entire weekend!

I dont think I drank hardly enough water yesterday and today which is probably the issue.
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Hi prissy,

I am sorry you are feeling this way.  You have had a long week at a new job and not even two weeks post op yet.   Eeks!!

Kick your feel up, ice packs, pain meds and drink a bunch of water tonight.  One more day girl...you can do it!

My first two weeks back were the worst and then it was up hill starting week three. 

Hang tight and baby yourself at night and all weekend.
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How long did it take for you all's belly buttons to look somewhat normal? mine looks like a black hole. I've been putting peroxide followed by neosporin on it daily. maybe I should just let it dry out naturally?
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Hi Prissy,

Mine took a good month for the big ugly scab to fall out.  I would just go ahead and leave it alone now.  Just keep it clean and dry and skip the ointment and peroxide. 

If it starts to get stinky, red and sore have your doctor check it.  I doubt it will though at this point.
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Hi Trish-

I kept gauze over my belly botton but nothing over my tt incision...only issue is the "spanx" cami kept riding up since I wore a dress. It doesn't feel irritated but I came home and put peroxide then neosporin on it. I'm paranoid!
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I wore gauze for about 2weeks at the incsion site if I went anywhere. At night I stuffed socks in between my binder and undies while healing. I went back to work after being homw for 11 days so I know what its like. You'll do great!
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