Tummy Tuck & Lipo - Frustrated with Incision Problems

I am three weeks post-op and my incision looks...

I am three weeks post-op and my incision looks terrible. (I had a tummy tuck and lipo) On day 5 I developed an infection, ended up in the ER and was given Keflex to help combat it. I called my Doctor's office the next day as instructed and they didn't see me for almost 8 days after my ER visit.

It's been 4 days since my DR visit and he told me that I have one of two options. I can let my incision heal the way it is and see how it looks or I can have him go back in and "fix" the area free of charge. I decided to wait and see how it heals but in the meantime I am left with an open area on my incision (right above my pubic bone) that is approx 2-3 inches long and having to place a saline dressing on it 2-3 times per day. The area where the infection was looks pretty deep and is such a hassle.

I have been so depressed because of all of this extra bs that has happened. My Doctor doesn't seemed rattled by it but I can't help but be upset. I don't think I have had unreasonable expectations, I just want to be normal. I can understand having to be swollen and deal with the compression garments but this on top of everything is driving me nuts.

If there are any Doctors out there can you help shed some light on this? How long can I expect this to take to heal? If any one else has had similar experiences I would love to hear how you coped. I read alot about the tummy tuck procedure before I went through with it ( I wanted it for 9 years ) and I have never read anything close to what I am experiencing.

I will rate this "WORTH IT" because I think that once everything heals the way it should I will look much better before but if I was only looking at NOW- I would say NO.

If there are any Doctors out there can you help shed some light on this? How long can I expect this to take to heal? If any one else has had similar experiences I would love to hear how you coped. Thanks!!
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