Tummy Tuck and Hernia Repair - Atlanta, GA
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Well I am 32 (on 7/1) and 5'4". I weigh 155. I am...
- 27 Jun 2012
Well I am 32 (on 7/1) and 5'4". I weigh 155. I am not at my ideal weight but I have a incarcerated umbilical hernia which is become more and more painful everyday. I have done quite a bit of research and consulted with several (4) doctors both ps and gs in order to figure out what was the right path for me. The first gs said that he could repair the umbilical hernia using a 3 inch incision below my naval. The first ps said he could repair the umbilical hernia during the tt but that I would most likely not have a naval but would have a small scar in that area. The second gs said he could repair the hernias both of the ones he identified the incarcerated umbilical hernia and a Ventral hernia located above my naval about half way to my breast bone. He would do this repair using 2 incisions in my upper abdominal area. Both gs planned to use mesh during the repair. I have heard a lot of really bad stuff about mesh and hernia repairs. I forgot to mention the GERD. It's about a 3 finger separation. So I'm wondering 'isn't that just patching the problem'? So the last ps I saw (who I did a lot of research on prior) told me he could fix both hernias, even the incarnated umbilical without me loading my naval during a full TT. I am done having children and of course have always wanted to get rid of my cat belly. I figure it's now or never.
So I am scheduled for a full TT and hernia repair (plus a tubal ligation, maybe tmi) on 7/3! My doctors office has really bent over backwards to get me in quickly since i suspect my hernia is slowly becoming strangulated since it is becoming more painful, I can no longer where pants it is to painful.
I am very scared!!! I paid yesterday $6,500 for the TT and $2,990 for the hospital included an overnight stay. That does not include the hernia repair. My insurance will be paying for a portion of that.
I have preop tomorrow.
I had preop today. I went to the doctor first and...
- 28 Jun 2012
Got home yesterday (7/4). I definitely recommend...
- 5 Jul 2012
Yesterday was ruff. But today is much better!!! I am so fortunate to have such supportive family! I haven't had the courage to look at the area yet but I will post pics soon.
Got my drains out today!! PS said everything is...
- 9 Jul 2012
8 days po - woke up this morning feeling...
- 11 Jul 2012
2 weeks po - feeling better and better each day....
- 18 Jul 2012
I was able to get an appointment the morning...
- 23 Jul 2012
Yesterday and today I have noticed that fluid is accumulating again. Earlier today I believed that I could wait until Wednesday to go back but the tightness and pressure continues to get worse. I had been wearing my Marena garment and 2 seperate Flexees waist cinchers one around my hips and another around my ribs and tummy. I had to stop wearing the upper one (it was a smaller size,S). I felt like it was restricting my breathing. I believe that is due to the fluid build up. I think that I was wearing/applying more pressure or compression than most people do so.... I called the ps just now, after hours, and they answered! I told the nurse, Susan, about the fluid. She said that it is normal but they will be in surgery all day tomorrow. So it is unlikely I will be able to make it in tomorrow.
Also I have been experiencing the most intense itching!!!! I have been trying not to scratch but last night I woke up in the middle on the night half undressed, which I hard to do when I'm awake, itching! I put some solid cocoa butter on the itchy spots, pretty much everything below my belly button and felt some relief! I can't wait to get this tape out and stitches out!! I think that the itching is probably a good sign but not really sure. The only other time I have experienced itching like this was during the last trimester of pregnancy when I was getting stretch marks!
Looking forward to Wednesday so I can clean and message the area thoroughly! Praying my ps says I can take a bath!!! God knows I need one!
So I did get my stiches out last visit. I was able...
- 30 Jul 2012
It has moved down slightly since then. It is higher when my swelling is worse. Even if the scar is a little high now it is healing well so far and I think it will not be noticable after time. Being patient is the hardest part! I am getting happier and happier with my new bb everyday! It looks great! I will post some new pictures soon.
So far my doctor has been great, very patient with my never ending questions and insecurities. The staff is great and I feel like we have the same idea of what we would like the outcome to be. My ps has returned all my calls so promptly! Even after hours! They seem to really care and go the extra mile to make sure I am doing well.