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Five weeks post op! - Atlanta, GA
- posted 3 months ago
- updated 1 month ago
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- Cost: $8,000
- Joseph M. Woods, IV, MD (Atlanta, GA)
So my surgery is about 3 weeks away. I can't...
- 2 Feb 2013
- 22 days pre
So my surgery is about 3 weeks away. I can't believe it's really going to happen. What a strange mix of fear and excitement! I can remember being an adolescent and wearing big t-shirts over my bathing suit (even in the water) to cover my stomach. And it has bothered me ever since. I'm 5'6" and currently weigh about 162 lbs. And I'm 44 years old. My weight most of my adult life was about 135. It's crept up ever since I got pregnant and had my son 9 years ago. My body is very proportionate (sp?). I've always been happy with it but even when I've been in the best shape of my life, my stomach is still there! I can be in awesome shape and still be unable to wear the kinds of clothes I want thanks to my gut. It's like it's not even a part of me. It's like wearing a Baby Bjorn full of fat that I should just be able to take off. Sigh.
Anywho, it was about a year ago that I started considering a TT. Most of the women in my husband's family have had some kind of work done so that made me realize that it's possible, not so frowned upon, and maybe even worth the money. I have a friend who is very well connected in town and knows her stuff when it comes to medical issues. I knew she had some work done and asked her who did her surgery. I went to her doctor for a consultation last May. Even doing that was a big step for me! I loved him and I knew if my friend went to him and was satisfied that he was top notch. He said I would need lipo but propably no muscle repair. Of course, once you decide you want to do something like that, the body part that bothers you does so even more! It's all I've thought about since then but I knew financially it wasn't the right time. My grandmother passed away a few months ago and left me an inheritance. I decided the TT would be my one splurge and then I'd save the rest. So when I made the appointment a few weeks ago and put down a deposit I knew it was real!
I'm so nervous about anesthesia (which I've only had once before). The concept of being put to sleep freaks me out. What if I don't wake up? What if I'm not asleep ENOUGH? I know these thoughts are pretty irrational. But still! And then there's the recovery. The only time I've been in lots of pain like that was when I was in labor and that only lasted a few hours -- it was a vaginal birth with no epidural because I progressed so fast. So naturally I'm nervous about that. And since every person's experience is different, I don't know what to really expect.
I'm trying to figure out now what I need to do to prepare. I'm going to freeze some meals. My husband is taking the day of my surgery (Monday) off work. I'll spend 1 night in the hospital and he will bring me home the next day. My mom will come that day and help out so he can go back to work. I thought about renting a recliner. I assume one that will help me stand up. Do I get that at a medical supply store? What else will I need? I hope the more prepared I feel, the less anxious I'll be.
This site has been great. I'll post some pics later. In the meantime, I would appreciate any practical suggestions to get ready for this thing!
So my surgery is 2 weeks from today. Still nervous...
- 11 Feb 2013
- 14 days pre
I had an appointment with my surgeon last week. He says I'm a perfect candidate for the surgery. Yay! He predicts he could remove about 3 lbs or so of tissue. I can't decide if I was hoping for more or not! When I look at my stomach, it sure looks like I could get rid of more that that! Anywho, he went over a lot of details and logistics with me. Some anesthesia, type of painkillers used, etc. I'm very confident in him. He really put any fears I had to rest. I have to be at the hospital that morning at 5:30 am! Thank goodness I only live about a mile from the hospital. Surgery is scheduled for 7:30. I wonder if most surgeries actually start on time. Any feedback on that? This Friday I go for my pre-op at the hospital. I'm sure I'll learn more stuff then. All the paperwork (consent forms, things to do and not do) make me nervous!
I'm still in preparation mode and worried about having all the things I need to make recovery as easy as possible. I think I need to get a thing that raises your toilet seat (per a friend's suggestion) and I still want to rent a recliner (eventhough my sister-in-law laughed at me)! What else do I need. I need to be doing something to prepare. I think it eases my anxiety. Help!
Thank goodness the Oscars are on tonight because...
- 24 Feb 2013
- 1 day pre
I don't know where to begin. Overall, I must say...
- 27 Feb 2013
- 2 days post
I'm draining the drains regularly which is very easy and I'm also taking an antibiotic. I have a great set-up at home. I rented a recliner with a remote control and I have a little table on each side of me with my meds, TV remote, things to drink, paper to keep track of when I take my meds and the amount of drainage, reading material, etc. I'm in front of the TV, fireplace, and the living room window so I can see out. I gotta say, it's heavenly! I slept in the recliner last night and it was very comfortable. The Percocet must make me sleep like a baby. I set the alarm on my cell phone to wake me to take my meds in the middle of the night. Totally worth waking myself up for. I'd also recommend getting one of those toilet seats that raises the height about 5 inches. I'm drinking a lot of fluids and peeing a lot. It's a godsend!
I haven't really gotten a good look at my tummy yet. I'm going to give myself a sponge bath shortly and will give it a look. Overall, I'm very psyched. But it almost seems too good to be true. I'm waiting for my recovery to take a temporary turn for the worst or something. This seems too easy so far. I'll post some pics too!
Oh, and I meant to add that the doc took out a...
- 27 Feb 2013
- 2 days post
Still day 2 after surgery. I got really sore this...
- 27 Feb 2013
- 2 days post
Funny how things change during this recovery...
- 28 Feb 2013
- 3 days post
I did make the mistake of -- gasp! -- weighing myself. I know I probably shouldn't do that until all the swelling goes down. I weighed 164 eventhough I weighed 160 the morning of surgery. Sigh. Oh well, this isn't about losing weight. My stomach already looks so much better than it did before. I just wish I could tell what it will look like after all is said and done. Thanks to everyone for letting me vent!
So today is Friday and I had surgery on Monday. I...
- 1 Mar 2013
- 4 days post
I took Tylenol PM last night and didn't take anything else until about 3pm today and then I took an anti-inflammatory (Tramadol). My draining is almost down to nothing. It was weird that I think yesterday I mentioned that my bandages were tight and bugging me. Well, I realized it was really my skin!! It feels really tight when I'm standing upright. And, I guess from the bending over, my back is so sore. When I'm lying or sitting down, especially on a heating pad, I feel fine. I realize the thing you need the most on this journey is PATIENCE! And that's tough.
I look great from what I can tell but it's tough to know what is swelling and how differently I'll look in a few weeks. I hope it's a LOT of swelling (ha ha)! Anyway, it was my 3rd day of taking stool softener and no BM. I don't even have the urge. Not sure when I should start worrying about that. Hmmm.
I can finally see the light at the end of the...
- 3 Mar 2013
- 6 days post
I'm just taking anti-inflammatories now and emptying my drains twice a day ('m getting about 10 ml each side, each time). I'm still taking an antibiotic and stool softeners. Another big milestone today -- my first BM! It was lovely, I gotta admit :)
I'm feeling better and better all the time. Been looking at clothes online. I can't wait to go shopping!
So I haven't updated in a few days but I guess no...
- 6 Mar 2013
- 9 days post
But it feels like I can't really enjoy the new me that much because my whole midsection still feels so weird. It's not like I'm parading around in cute skimpy clothes! I feel supertight and bloated. The doc said I was only about 10% to 15% swollen at this point but I constantly feel like I just had a huge meal. And, of course, my stomach is hard and numb. I still have bruising on my sides and my back hurts a lot. Heck, I'm even afraid to put on a pair of jeans for fear they'll be tight and I'll be disappointed. My weight hasn't really changed either eventhough he took a big chunk of skin and fat off of me. Don't get me wrong...I look awesome in the mirror and I have the flat tummy I always dreamed of. I guess I just can't enjoy it yet. Anyone else feeling that way? Guess I just need to be more patient. Thanks for letting me vent!
Ugh. Not sure what's wrong with me. I read this...
- 7 Mar 2013
- 10 days post
So I survived my little nervous breakdown last...
- 12 Mar 2013
- 14 days post
My abs themselved are no longer tight (I had pretty minimal muscle repair) and my back hurts less as long as I keep my binder on. Without my binder or "girdle," my bad starts aching after about 30 minutes if I'm up moving around. I started sleeping without any binder and I slept MUCH better. I think I was getting too hot with that thing on.
My big problem right now is sciatica of all things. I've never had it but I know enough about it to recognize the symptoms. I literally work up with it last week. I have no idea if it's related to my surgery. Anyone else experience that? Anywho, it hurts worse than anything else right now. It's ok as long as I'm on anti-inflammatories, but I'm afraid if I stay on those it will tear up my stomach.
Still don't feel like I can "enjoy" the results yet. I can't wait to go shopping when the time comes!
Things are going well. From reading other posts, I...
- 14 Mar 2013
- 16 days post
Also, I have a thin piece of tape covering my incision. The doc said it would come off on its own. But I'm not sure what's going on underneath. Do the stitches dissolve? Fall out on their own?
Wow, it's a been a while since I've updated. No...
- 1 Apr 2013
- 2 months post
I guess the biggest thing is that my back still hurts quite a bit. After a while of cooking, cleaning, showering, running errands, etc. I need to put my binder on to give me support. I must admit, my back has hurt for years. So I'm not sure how much this is related to my tummy tuck.
My incision doesn't bother me at all with my binder on. Otherwise, it's tight (feels like a zipper almost) which I think is a good thing. I didn't expect the area underneath the scar (my pubic area, for lack of a better word) to feel so tight. But hey, it's lifted much more than before so that's another good thing. My surgeon put fresh tape over the scar. He says I can start putting cocoa butter or bio oil or the like once the tape falls off in a couple of weeks. Boy, and that whole area (even my sides where I was bruised itches). And not even really itches per se. But I just want to massage the whole thing. I'll be able to once the tape falls off.
Oh, and one last thing. My belly button is so deep! I feel like I need to clean the thing out with a Qtip or it'll just get all gross. Weird!
My Doctor: Joseph M. Woods, IV, MD
A friend of mine recommended him.