I'm a 30 year old mother of 3 (ages 10, 6, 3) all...
In bed I have had to lay sort of sitting up with a pillow under my knees so that I don't pull on my incision by laying flat.
I am on my 3rd day after surgery and started getting up more just to walk around a few times. Slowly and hunched over a little cause I don't want to pull on my incision by standing straight up.
I have been wearing the binder and only took it off to finally take a shower today. I noticed a little bit of puckering which I believe will smooth out eventually.
I'm satisfied with the placement of my incision it seems to be not too high. I haven't had or noticed any problem with openings or anything yet. I have been trying to be very careful.
So far it has been intense, but I'm glad that I finally went for it and now I just need to go through this recovery and take it easy for a while.
5 days post op-first post op appointment
He said to come back on my 14th day post op to have the drains removed. I can't wait to have these drains out!!
I stopped taking the pain medication. I've been taking Tylenol now. I still can't walk normally, but it's getting a little easier.
It's still hard to take a shower, I try to get in and get out cause it's hard to stand for too long.
I'll update again next week when I get my drains out.
1 week post op
I'm concerned about my incision, but I'm trying to be patient. Today I was able to move around more, cause I sorta had to. I'm trying hard not to over do it cause I'm terrified of my incision opening!! Ugh I've been feeling kinda down today :(
10 days post op
18 days post op
I am starting to get my energy back. Just little soreness but bearable. I can't walk completely upright yet, but I can walk a lot better.
I noticed swelling more after the drains were removed. I hope the swelling will go down soon. My belly button is slowly healing, I haven't been stressing about it as much.
4 weeks post op
Did notice a "spitting stitch" on my left side where one of my drains were. So I googled it and read that I should keep it clean and put neosporin. I am going to have my PS snip it if it doesn't come out on its own. I'm scheduled to see him next week.
Other than that I'm noticing improvement everyday, even with my belly button. I still haven't gotten used to having a flat tummy. It's so wierd cause in my mind I haven't registered that my tummy is not the way it was before.
My consultation went well. He is very professional and I felt comfortable. He's a serious doctor, not like some doctors that will joke or smile. But I'm ok with that. His staff was friendly and helpful. 2 days post op I text his cell phone with a photo and question I had a concern about cause it was a Saturday and the office was closed. He called and spoke with me and answered my questions. I feel that I can reach him anytime I need to. I went in for my 2 week post op, they took me right in. I did not have to wait. The staff was awesome as usual. Dr. Kadz removed my drains, not painful at all.