I am a 25 (nearly 26) year old mum of 3 munchkins...
Finally told everyone
So I am feeling really good about my decision today... I'm sure that will change again but for now i'm positive.
On another note my weight was at 50.8kg this morning the lightest I have been in about 7 years so super stoked about that! I'm sure that will change too but taking the win's where I can :)
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Surgeons Fee: $7675
Surgical Assistant: $245
Pressure Garment: $150
The anaesthetist and hospitals fees are based on the surgery taking 3 1/2 hours.
I'm not too sure how this compares to others, I am interested if anyone else wants to share the breakdown of their costs to see what the difference is :)
I have however put on a bit of weight :( all the stress of this surgery business is making me eat... and not the good sort of eating. I will take some more pic's before the surgery to show the extent of all these stretch marks and loose skin, you cant really see it all that well in the photo's I have put up.
I am also getting a bit worried about how much help I am going to need afterwards. My husband is taking the day of my surgery and the following day off but that is it. This is a really busy time of year for us (farming) and he simply cannot take the time off. I will hopefully be able to send the kids away for the two days after that but that's only going to take me to day 4 PO and I will be on my own from day 2 PO. Is this going to be realistic or am I going to have to find someone to be with me from day 2-4 and to help with the kids after day 4?? I guess I really don't know what I'm in for, so anyone with kids that could shed some light would be great :)
Home from Pre-op
Anyway... He said I will be able to have my horizontal scar as low as I want it YAY! but I will end up with a vertical incision because my BB won't be able to be pulled down as far as the horizontal one. He also said if my skin isn't able to be pulled down much then I will end up with a vertical incision right from my belly button down to my TT incision :( not super happy about that one! He did say if this had to happen then he will be able to pull over skin from my hips so that will tighten all that up too. I guess that is 1 positive of having an ugly vertical scar :(
He also said I will need a tiny bit of lipo to my upper abdomen but that's all.
I told him I don't want any muscle repair and he agreed that I didn't really need any, my ab muscles are pretty strong you just can't see them!
He also said I would need to have the kids away for the week following my surgery, my mother in law came with me today and she said she would help as much as possible. I guess she realises how hard this is for me with my mum gone and not a lot of support.
He also suggested a pain thing that I have inserted in my belly that drips local into it for the first 3 days after surgery...(I take it out myself after day 3) Has anyone else had this? Did it work well? It is going to cost an extra $500 so I'm wondering if it is actually worth it as it seems like a lot of money. Has anyone not had this, and if so how has your pain been over the first few days?
That was pretty much it for my appointment, I signed consent forms and paid the rest of the surgeons fee. (I pay the balance of the hospitals fee on discharge) and he told me to order my CG this week so I have it in time.
He will take pre-op photo's on the day and I am to take my bikini bottoms with me so he can mark me with them on before surgery and also my CG which I will wake up in apparently!
9 Days Eeek!
I ordered my compression garment today, hopefully I will receive it by the end of the week! I have put on so much weight lately :( I need to get down to 51kg before next Wednesday though as that is what I've told the anaesthetist I weigh! I did however get a phone call from the people making my compression garment to double check my waist measurement as they said it seemed small, I told her it was correct at 67cm and she told me I had a small waist! It made me smile :)
I noticed on a lot of other reviews that people go for pre-op checks with blood tests and b/p checks etc etc but I have done nothing like that... I wonder if it just standard procedure in other countries?? It's puzzled me a little. Anyone from NZ been for these checks?
Hope everyone is healing well, I have seen some amazing transformations in the reviews I have been reading and looking at! Hopefully that will be me in 9 days!
Felt Pen + Bikini = Pre-op photo's
CG arrived, This just became very real!
2 Days to go!
I'm still alive, YAY!
Left at 5:30am wednesday morning and got there about 7. Saw the nurse, she did all my obs. Saw my PS and he drew around my bikini bottoms. Saw the anaesthetist and he went over everything with me. After that I started to freak out. Cried and started shaking then it was time to go to theatre. My hubby couldnt come with me which i didnt like. Was still crying as I hopped on the table, the nurses were lovely though and held my hand.
Then got a lure in my arm and he gave me something and I was asleep!
Woke up in a bit of pain and very nautious. That day wasnt too bad pain wise, but wednesday night and thursday morning was pretty bad pain wise. Had to get up thursday am and go to the toilet after my cathedar was taken out, that bloody hurt getting up and I nearly passed out. Went home Wednesday about 11. Car trip home was okay till I had to get out of the car. Thursday night was okay and managed to get up this morning and go to tge toilet on my own, still very hunched over and in a bit of pain. Im taking 2 different morphine, tramadol, antibiotic, paracetamol, ibuprofen and an anti nausea. Oh I also had a temp wednesday night which made me feel really yucky.
Still have my CG on and will do till my appt on monday so cant even see anything!! I have 1 drain and should get that out monday. Its not been too bad and isnt too anoying.
Oh my PS said he lipo'd off 600ml of fat and cut off another 500g of fat and skin so I am really looking forward to seeing what it all looks like!
If ive forgotten anything just ask, my brain is a bit foggy...
3 days post op
Still no BM as yet, and my 1 drain is draining about 30ml a day.
Looking forwrd to monday and hopefully seeing whats under all this binding and packaging!
It's been a rough few days!
My drain is still causing no trouble, I hardly know it's there and is only draining 15ml a day.
I'm sleeping okay, getting about 6 hours a night and usually only 1 nap during the day, its a bit hard now as I am home with my 3 year old. The older two come home tomorrow. I am taking paracetamol regularly and ibuprofen on occasion, so the pain is pretty manageable.
I am getting around much better today, I actually have enough energy to come and sit at the computer and type this up! I am still a bit light headed and my eyes have still been a bit funny from the migraine on Sunday, hopefully that will go soon.
My follow up apt is now tomorrow and will get my drain removed. I also hope to get a look at my belly! Not sure if I will get a look at the incision or not but will post pic's regardless.
I am very swollen too and have been using ice packs which seems to help.
I just can't wait to feel semi normal again. My hubby seems to be doing well with helping with the kids and the house but I can see he is a bit over it...
On another note my leg is still numb where they stuck the anti-clotting injection in. A patch about 20cm by 10cm I can't feel at all and it's bruised where the needle went in, I will ask about this tomorrow.
Hope everyone else is doing well, I will try and catch up on everyone else's reviews when I can sit at the computer for a decent period of time xx
First Post OP Appointment DONE! NO VERTICAL SCAR!!! WOOP WOOP!
Sleeping is still pretty rough, I find it hard to get comfy in this darn recliner, and am not getting a lot of sleep; and now I have all 3 kids at home on my own i'd say that is going to decrease even more :(
On the upside I love my tummy and cant wait to see it without all this swelling, hopefully I love my BB as much as the rest of it once I finally see it!
Will post pics later tonight once I have got this CG off!
No Compression Garment + Shower = Almost passing out!
Grr photo's aren't loading for some reason!
Pic's 1 week post tummy tuck.
Over did it..
On another not I have ordered a new compression garment. This one where the zips are on the sides digs in and hurts so bad. I am getting one made the same but with no zips. I know it'll be harder to get on and off but these zips really do hurt a lot when they get a wave in them like most zips do... Also I think the way it is with the zips getting the wave in them is actually stopping me standing up straighter because when I pull it up at the sides and make them straight I can actually stand a whole lot straighter!
Slept better last night, these new pain killers are really keeping on top of the pain which is so good because I am actually getting sleep and am able to move around more comfortably.
Hope everyone is healing well xx
10 days post-op
Hopefully my new CG will be here by Wednesday (it's Saturday today) so I can get out of this stupid one with zips into something a little more comfy. I will try putting a singlet or something on underneath this one though in the mean time and undoing the zips and leaving the hook and eyes done up at night to make it a bit more tolerable.
Hope everyone is doing a bit better today :)
Sellping in bed = Fail
I also wore my cg with the zips undone but the hook and eyes still done up (it lets it out by about 2cm) and that was way more comfy.
The red spot is no bigger than yesterday and I was actually looking through my photo's and noticed that it was actually there on Wednesday so it's not a new thing. I will keep an eye on it though but it's not worrying me any more.
Got up this am and had a shower etc then realised after I had breakfast that I hadn't even had any pain killers. I was a bit sore but not too bad at all! That was quite encouraging :)
I also think my swelling may have decreased a bit?! (touch wood) my tummy finally seems a little softer but I'm not counting my chickens just yet.... I think drinking more water and juicing has helped a touch as I started that yesterday so I will carry that on for the next few days and see how I go. The water definitely helped with the toileting issues! So drink up ladies!
13 Days post op.
Still sleeping in the lazy boy, which has been better the last few nights.
Swelling still insane and I hate it with a passion! Trying to be patient.
Weight up a bit but I haven't been eating very well, the joys of having visitors and lots of cake!
Pain minimal, haven't had anything so far today but will have a few paracetamol over the day when my tummy starts to pull or burn and a heavier one tonight to help me get through the night.
My back is aching a lot, just from being so hunched :( But on the upside I think my thighs and bum are toning up a little for the same reason!
Still not driving, I will ask tomorrow at my 2 week appointment when they clear me to drive, being stuck at home is getting tedious and the kids are bored as its the school holidays :( I have promised them a weekend out once I am better!
The red spot dare I say it looks a little better?!? Hope so!
Well I will do an update tomorrow with new pics! Hope everyone is healing well!
Second post op appointment at 2 weeks.
I got my other compression garment yesterday without the zips and I couldn't even get it over my hips... I then proceeded to have a melt down as it was hopefully the relief I was looking for from these darn zips that keep pushing in at my sides. So now I am going to email them and see if I can send it back and get them to put a Velcro strip down the back so I can actually get it on.
The post op appointment went well, getting the rest of the tape off hurt a little bit but my scar looks pretty thin and flat. I will go back in 1 month for another check up. From now on I will do my own tape once a week to flatten the scar even more. When I change the tape next week I will put up a pic of the scar too.
Also not had much in the way of pain meds lately which is good!
I took these pics last night but was just too tired to sit at computer, still really swollen and my bb looks low but it is just because I am still so hunched over.
Oh one more thing... I have been the same size my WHOLE life, even with the skin I was a size 8. I cannot fit ANY of my clothes and it is really depressing. Please keep this in mind if you are coming up for surgery. You are likely to fit nothing afterwards for a while because of the swelling so try and have some lose fitting clothing on hand. Even my fat pants which are a 9 don't fit! Oh and I weighed myself this morning 51.9kg. I was 51 the morning of surgery and he took off 1kg of skin and fat so I'm up about 2kg over all :(
18 days post op
I have got a cold now and not feeling great, school and kindy is back tomorrow so hopefully I will get a rest then.
I will take more photo's Wednesday when I am 3 weeks and hopefully get a pic of my scar too if I can get the tape off. There is one part of my scar that is hurting a bit so hopefully it looks okay under the tape!
I tried sleeping on the couch last night but it hurt quite a bit, so back in the recliner I go :(
On the plus side I'm not taking any pain killers at all, although I probably should have had one last night with how swollen and sore I was! Will update Wednesday :)
Hope everyone else is doing okay!
I am so swollen tonight as I had school and kindy go back today so I have been super busy. A bit tight and sore tonight from the swelling but other than that no complaints. The swelling is going down but is really bad at night still.
Changed it to worth it!
3 weeks 2 days post op
Any way, things are going okay, still swollen as anything but it is going down slowly. I do notice when I swell now that I have a few dimples... I think they are where the stitches are though so i'm not worried.
I have had a bit of pain the last few days but I think it's because school is back and i'm running around like normal again so I have just been trying to take it easier and having meds when I need them. I have noticed my right side swells more than my left so I will ask about that at my next appointment. Still sleeping in the recliner but I am hoping to try the bed again this weekend, im not sleeping well so I may resort to taking some of the sleeping pills they gave me as i'm getting tired and grumpy during the day :( Also at night I have been waking myself by stretching (at least 4-5x a night) Its been really weird, it's like my body just wants to stretch and I'm waking because i'm over stretching and it starts to hurt. I have also been having these weird shakes afterwards??? Any Ideas??
My leg is still numb to touch but feels bruised if you push on it. It's also giving me knife like stabbing pains every now and again when I walk... Stupid nerve pain!! It hurts... Well here are my pic's all be it 2 days late!
On a positive note, I am on my third night sleeping in bed! I am still waking up lots but I am sleeping better when I do sleep.
I am not on any pain meds and haven't been for a while, although have taken a few with the sharp pain I was experiencing.
I would say my energy is at about 75% and I am standing 85% upright which has improved a lot over the last few days.
Swelling is still here :( But is slowly getting better...
I will update photo's tomorrow when I am officially 4 weeks!
4 week photo's
Does massage help?
5 week photo's
I have an apt on Monday with nurse/surgeon (not sure) to see how it is all going. I will ask about my leg again as it is still numb and a bit stingy when I've been walking too much. I also want to ask about when I can start swimming and what I have to use to be able to do so. Anyone been given any advice on this??
Also I think I can feel stitches under my skin?!? How long do they take to dissolve???? They don't hurt but you can see the indentations and feel them when the swelling is down. Is this normal????
Hope everyone is doing well, its cool to see every one's progress :)
Oh also I've been a bit of a fatty lately and put on a bit of weight :( Not long till bikini weather so I need to give myself a kick up the bum! I might start adding my weight each week to give me a bit of motivation :/
Morning Photo's 5 weeks 2 days
6 wek post op appt with surgeon
I am allowed to do gentle exercise and I am allowed to swim. I just have to keep the paper tape on while swimming. He said the skin is healed so it shouldn't cause any issues.
I am to tape mon-friday and have no tape on the weekends but to massage in bio-oil 3x a day on the 2 days with no tape.
My leg is still a bit numb and he said that it's just a nerve thing from the injection and It will go away in time.
I still have a bit of swelling and will go down over the next couple of months.
The dissolvable stitches will still take another 6 weeks or so to dissolve completely.
Other than that I am happy with how it's all looking and I will post scar pic's tonight as I have no tape on at the mo as he said I have to wash the skin thoroughly tonight before applying more tape.
Oh and I go back the week before Christmas for my next follow up apt so 6 weeks away :)
6 Weeks, and scar photo's
I hope everyone is doing well and I will update next week!
Well that's about all for this week, hope everyone is healing well!
At 7 weeks this morning I was 50.8kg
In feb this year I was 56.2kg and got down to 50.6kg pre surgery. On the day of surgery I was exactly 51kg and they removed 1kg total of fat and skin so I am hoping to get down to 49.5kg with 50kg being my top weight.
Hopefully I can get there before Christmas as I really want to enjoy the warm summer which is nearly here!
8 weeks and almost normal again!!
Weight this morning was 50.3kg which I was happy about but have eaten like a horse today so wont weigh myself for a few days...
The hard spot on the bottom of my incision went away and is no longer sore and I think as the swelling keeps going down my bb is sinking in further which is good as I didn't really like the "ring" look.
I will update again at 10 weeks. Hope everyone is doing well xx
When did everyone else stop wearing a CG and stopped taping up the scar??
I have a surgeon apt on the 17th Dec which would have been my mums birthday so I can't imagine it's going to be a very good day :( But I will update after the apt and answer all the questions I have in my head for all those people that are behind me :)
I am not 100% thrilled with my belly button. It kind of looks weird. I know there is still a bit of swelling to go down but I don't think it is going to sink in like I hoped :( any advice??? I really don't like the "stamped on look" did anyone else have this? Did it get better once the swelling had gone?
Any infor would be greatly appreciated!
Oh and I was 50.3kg this morning. I need to be eating better!
Hope everyone is doing well xx
Forgot to add..
*NO MORE COMPRESSION GARMENT YAY!
*Scar will have to be either taped or have sunscreen on it if I am in the sun. NO sunbathing this summer :(
*Still oiling scar as often as I can with bio-oil but I am just using macadamia oil at the mo.
*My leg is still numb :( he has no idea why and Is going to review my notes and check me again in 3 months. I think it was from the injection I had in my leg as it is just the area around that and if it was nerve there wouldn't be sensation at the top of my leg. (he had to prick me with a needle like 30 times! I nearly passed out :(
*I have one stitch that hasn't dissolved that I can feel and if it is still there at my next apt he will put a local in and cut it out :(
Other than that I am pretty much back to normal. I still have a bit of swelling below my bb but it is going down. I cannot stretch out like I used to and I tried swimming the other day and just pulled everything and it hurt. I think I just need to give it more time for the swelling to go and my skin to soften.
My scar is looking better each week and I am going to get a spray tan this week so no one is blinded by my whiteness.
Off on a break with my hubby in January which I am excited about and I am going to get to wear a bikini! Heading to Australia and the great barrier reef to do a bit of snorkelling and diving! Excited!
I will update in 6 weeks when I am home from our trip and hopefully have some holiday pics!
Oh and my weight was 50.3kg still trying to get down to 49.9!!
I am so thrilled I picked Martin. Could not have asked for better results and his staff were lovely (except for 1 nurse) but the rest were amazing!!!