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A Long Wait, but Worth It - Bala Cynwyd, PA

After a 70+lb weight loss, from 226lbs to 155lbs,...

After a 70+lb weight loss, from 226lbs to 155lbs, I had a lot of excess skin and I wanted to get rid of it. I finally was in a financial position to do it, so I made an appointment with a surgeon that I'd known for a few years that two of my friends had used previously for other surgeries. After a 2 month wait, I went into surgery where they prepped me by adding the markings and putting in my IV. I wasn't particularly nervous until they wheeled me into the room, but because of the anesthesia it felt like it was over in a blink.

When woke up, I had a lot more pain than I expected. Getting out of the bed and into the car was also pretty painful, and I had to walk as bent over as possible As soon as I got home, I got right in the bed and stayed there except for getting up to go to the bathroom for 2 days. I could feel that my abs had been tightened although we'd discussed that I didn't want any plication. I was disappointed, but I figured if she'd done it, there was probably a good reason.

At my 1 week post-op appointment she removed the drains and cut the stitches around my bellybutton. The scar looks really good, thankfully I scar pretty nicely. My stomach is flat, and I think in time with a bit more strict dieting and building my abs I'll have the 6-pack I wanted. I'm still swollen of course, but I'm really happy with the results.

A few tips:
* Depending on how tall you are, If you have a high bed, consider lowering it or taking it off of the frame while you heal. Extending your legs to get off the bed is kind of painful with the stitches from the drains getting pulled. If you don't want to lower it, put a small sturdy box that you can step on as an intermediate step before the floor.

* To get out of bed, slide up, not down. The first few days I kept trying to slide out of bed by trying to get my feet off first. That stretches your body out and ends up hurting. I figured out that if you push yourself up in to a vertical (or as far as possible) position, and then swing your legs out and to the floor.

It's Tuesday and I'm now 12 days post op. I spent...

It's Tuesday and I'm now 12 days post op. I spent last weekend going out to restaurants, hanging out with friends and spending time at a street fair. Healing is different for everyone, but I feel pretty good. I've been a bit sore after getting back home to the city and having to sit all day in one position in the binder at work. I dropped about 3lbs since the day after my surgery, but only about a pound off of my pre-surgery weight. One issue I'm seeing is that I really don't like the way the scar makes my skin poke out on the right side. It looks a bit like a dog ear, and I'm really hoping it settles down into a more natural position.

I've struggled with losing the last 15-20lbs I...

I've struggled with losing the last 15-20lbs I want to lose, but I figured I'd post another photo. The last photo is a little more than a year after surgery. I had a revision in September to remove a couple of dog ears, and the results are much better now. I'm considering getting some lipo to my flanks though because I still have love handles that really refuse to go away. I think it looks pretty good from the front, but I wish I would've gone ahead and gotten the lipo at the time. If I ever get my 6 pack I'll post a photo of that, but this seems to be about as good as it gets for now.
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My biggest complaint was that there was very little information about what to avoid before surgery and what to do after surgery, i.e. with the antibiotics and bathing. I would have preferred having detailed written information to refer to during the healing process, and I would've liked a call from the surgeon the day of or after to check to make sure everything was going ok and to answer any questions. But the Dr. is very pleasant and knows what she's doing, so in the end it worked out well.

4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
4 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
3 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
4 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
3 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
4 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Congratulations. Sounds like it went well as we all know it's now a give it time to heal period. It's hard not to be to critical after surgery but it's also when we shouldn't be. The body can go in really odd shapes as it recovers and not really reflect what the final product will be! Though I completely understand I have the after shower moment were I wonder did it really improve things? It still happens even though it's improved so much since the first view post op. Good luck with your healing.
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Thanks for sharing your experience and pics! I'm just over 5 weeks post-op now... and I'm feeling great. I'm dealing with the swelling now, but it's not too bad. I have virtually no pain, just some tightness. (I even sneezed for the first time yesterday since surgery, and it didn't hurt at all). I'm just starting ease my way back into the gym, so hopefully that goes well. Best of luck with the healing, after the first couple weeks, it gets better real fast.
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Welcome to RealSelf!  Thank you for posting your journey with us.  This is very helpful for other gents considering this process.  

Your results are amazing and you look wonderful!  I like the tips you shared for recovery.   The swelling takes a while to go down so just hang on.  Also go slow getting back into the weight lifting because you don't want to tear anything up on the inside.  

So how did you find RealSelf?  Do share...

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i agree KIM, he look WAY better post-op.

that is awesome! felicidades! congratz papi. way more sexxier,way nicer,without the add' flab.look so great.



*Sexi Flat Stomach 2012 Chica!*
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