After losing 80 pounds from diet and exercise I...
Really swollen today
Feeling better today
Supplies that helped my recovery
For the first week I slept in a recliner, I was able to get very comfortable this way. It was electric so I didn't have to use my stomach muscles to push it down. Granted I still had to have someone on hand to pull me out of it.
I also purchased the following the day before I went in:
-medical tape ( I had to tape my top bandage because I had a vertical cut too)
-sterile pads for surgical use (they sell these right at Walmart and I bought a couple of different sizes because of the 2 different cuts I had)
-Stool softners (you are going to need these, the pain meds will make it very difficult to go)
-fill your meds before your surgery so you can take them as soon as you get home
-rolled gauze (I used this around my drain tubes so that they didn't feel like they were pulling)
-Vitamin C (check with your surgeon first but I started this the week before my surgery to help promote faster healing)
-a couple of cotton tank tops ( I wore these under my binder because the binder can rub on your scars)
- I also started to take fiber pills before surgery ( this was not my first surgery and I knew first hand what happened the last time)
A few other things that I did do after my surgery was I drank a ton of water and tried to stay away from the salt. If your not careful the swelling can get pretty bad!
I have to admit that my recovery has been a breeze, I made sure that I stayed on my pain meds for the first 4 days straight. I even set an alarm in the middle of the night to get up and take them. I really didn't feel like I had any pain that I couldn't handle and I was feeling very good. By the time that I went back to my first week post op appointment I was already walking standing straight up and I didn't really have any pain to speak of.
Since then the only real pain I have had is some burning on the skin and really bad swelling but nothing that I couldn't deal with or just take a couple of tylenol.
These are just a few things that worked for me but please make sure you check with your surgeon first before you try them.
Dr. Malhotra is amazing, from the first time I met with him to the day of surgery I felt very confident in his work. I would recommend him to anyone that is looking for great results!