Athletic Mom of Young Kids - Updated Info about The TT Hole

From the time I was young, I have always had a...

From the time I was young, I have always had a rounder belly and bigger stature, despite being athletic. Now that I have lost my baby weight, I feel more pressure to wear clothes more fitting my age and active lifestyle. When I wear these clothes I feel uncomfortable about my shape, so I am going to take charge of my body. I am also scared of the large pregnant belly my mother has, despite her small body. I hope to never have that.

So I find this website three days before my...

So I find this website three days before my scheduled surgery. I am freaking out about the pain, being unavailable to my 5 and 2 (not potty trained) year old, and how I am going to get back into shape after surgery without core exercises. 90% of what I do takes the core. I have been doing the Insanity workouts 5 times a week, and I play hockey once a week. I will post before and after picks soon, but I am also scrambling to get things prepared for my time "off", and Christmas. First time we ever put the tree up before Thanksgiving.

Good news is, this website is the only thing that has relieved my fear of the pain and recovery. I hope I am reading about regular moms, and not supermoms, because they all seem to be recuperating quickly. Good luck and happy healing to all.

One day Pre-Op, and thanks to what I have been...

One day Pre-Op, and thanks to what I have been reading on this site, I have never been more excited and confident (but still expecting tough times). For a little more detail, my highest weight was 165. I am now 130 at 5'4". You will notice in the pictures that my behind and thighs are still a bit large, but my doctor wanted to keep my surgery to 5 hours and she said I would not see too much benefit from it, so I am just getting a full tummy tuck, flank and upper abdomen lipo, and breast lift and augmentation with silicone implants. I am a 38B that rolls my boobs into the bra, I am hoping to be a small C that don't sag. I don't know if my doctor won't fix my bottom and thighs because she wants to draw me in for a later costly surgery, or if I would need more of a lift with lipo, which she thinks I am too young for. I am 34. I am however confident in her abilities and suggestions from what I have seen of her work.

I don't leave for the hospital until 9:30 tomorrow, so I will be starving. I don't think I will be posting, but we will see. Definitely will get back to you in a couple of days.

Hey all. Day 2 post op. I wasn't able to move...

Hey all. Day 2 post op. I wasn't able to move much yesterday, but that was because the foley cath had to stay a little longer. Today I am moving more, but trying not to over-do it. I am swelled up quite a bit. Pain is tolerable, but like I said, I just started getting around. Get to shower tonight! That will help me feel more human. I'll get pics up sometime soon. Hope everyone else is doing well. I don't know where this shows up because I can't find it on the mommy makeover page. But I'll get a more coherent post up soon.

I'm on day 4 of recovery. Thanks everyone for the...

I'm on day 4 of recovery. Thanks everyone for the well wishes. I have to say that I hate showering because I don't want to look at myself. I am swelling like crazy, even though I'm trying to watch my sodium intake. I therefore have to adjust my binders throughout the day. I didn't get drains, and wonder if that makes the situation worse. The people supporting me have been great, and I loved that my husband took my kids out of town for a couple of days. My mom was extremely nurturing. I long for my independance, and wonder when I will get that back. Probably when I am in my bed and not this recliner. I have trouble getting into both. But if this is the worst, I will make it through. I'll see the doctor in two days. Can't wait to see what she says.

Ok.  So I'm 12 days post op.  Sorry for the lack...

Ok.  So I'm 12 days post op.  Sorry for the lack of pictures, but the holiday and kids have been filling my time.  I'll post some soon (minus my "little" issue).  Don't read the next paragraph of this post if you get queasy, but please read if you are researching the procedure.  My breasts and belly button are healing well.  The implants haven't dropped yet, and I joke that the doctor slipped in extra cc's because my boobs are bigger than I expected, but generally things are good.  I'm even off of pain meds, except for extra strength Tylenol occasionally for my problem.

So during my one week doctor appointment, I was told that all looked fine, but keep an eye on this small red section of my tummy tuck incision that if it spreads, could be an infection.  Just put neosporin on cotton gauze (apparently never use synthetic) to cover that area.  Let me interject that my tummy tuck did not include drains, which might be why I did not read about this in any other blogs.  Anyway, the day after my appointment, thanksgiving, the red area develops a hole the size of a nail oozing blood and yellowish goo.  Called the doctor's cell, and she said she expected this.  Two days later, the hole is the size of two pencils.  Took a picture of it and texted it to her.  She says it is not infected, and to keep doing what I'm doing.  Two days later, the separation is the size of my husbands pointer finger, tip to knuckle.  After more texted pictures, she prescribed an antibiotic and rushed me to the office next day.  Was told the skin could tear away (yes I feel it tear) maybe another inch.  She cut out some yellow tissue and told me to pack with saline moistened gauze and cover with dry gauze.  There is no infection evident, but keep taking antibiotics.  The outer tissue looks good, but the inner tissue wasn't bonding, and is trying to separate good from bad.  In the end, the hole will fill in on it's own (after Christmas) with minimal scarring.  She said on a scale from 1-10 of skin healing this would be a 2 (not bad).

I hope this helps those researching drainless procedures.  And I hope everyone else is recovering nicely.  Pics will follow shortly.

I've decided to put pictures of the hole up. ...

I've decided to put pictures of the hole up. Maybe it will help you guys still in the research phase, or others going through the same separation issues.

Whew. Yesterday was my first time alone with my 2...

Whew. Yesterday was my first time alone with my 2 year old in diapers and my 5 year old for longer than 1 hour. It was exhausting. I was ready to sleep at 7:30. I went to my recliner at 8:30 as soon as my daughter went to sleep. I was fine being tired and a bit swollen up top, because my very understanding husband really handles most tasks including the kids as soon as he gets home, and I just do what I can at my pace.

What really worries me is that I'm not very sore. I tensed my stomach muscles several times in the past couple days due to increased activity, and other than one little sore spot, I really don't feel much pain. I wonder would I feel any pain if I tore my interal stitches, or if it would feel pseudo-comfortable like it does now? All good questions for the doctor. I'll see her again tomorrow. I'll keep you up to date on what she says.

I totally forgot to post after my last PS...

I totally forgot to post after my last PS appointment. She really gave me some great insight into my hole. Due to the disgusting connotation the of the word hole, my friends and I have decided to call it Mike, as in "The Situation".

Mike was caused by inadequite blood supply to the area. This section of the belly is furthest from the main blood supply. I also believe (but I'm not a doctor) that the lack of fresh blood supply could have been a result of the vicodin (I'm senstitive to narcotics), not moving, and swelling. So moving forward, she cleaned out goo from behind the red section adjacent to Mike, and I now pack that as well. The middle is almost healed all the way to my skin, and I may just have two Mikes rather than one large one soon. Things are improving much faster than I thought they would.

I move more and for longer periods of time each day. My new boob exercises have made the implants far more comfortable too. I'm really starting to feel like I'm on the road to recovery. I hope everyone else is having a good experience too. I will post newer pictures this week.
Diana Lambie, D.O.

I am still undecided until I see the final results. This office pre-procedure may seem like a factory due to the pre-screen process, but from the day of the procedure through follow-up care so far, the service is completely personal and thorough. I can evan text pictures of issues. The only low score for payment was because one procedure was listed that I couldn't even get per the doctor, but the nurse going over my pre-op instructions did not know this. Still have to see if I was over-charged. May not have been with bogo free offer.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 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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Hi hockeymom - just found your review. Your results look great! How is 'Mike' doing today?? All better?
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Do you mind me asking how many cc's you had? My biggest fear is that I was going to be too big and I feel like I am. Everyone says its swelling but I don't know I definitely think I can make some extra money working a pole. I had 330cc. I will post pics once my drains come out next week.
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I don't have Mike but I have Bobbie - she is my drain friend - she has been with me for 3 weeks now - It does get tiring. I dont' think vicodin had anything to do with Mike but certainly the lack of blood supply did. I hope Mike moves far far away soon - hey maybe we can set Mike and Bobbie up and they can live together somewhere else! lol!
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Was thinking about you today!! Hope all os going well and your having a speedy recovery from Mike!!
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Just a couple of after thoughts:
1) If you think for any reason you have an infection make PS do a culture on the wound.
2) This is not as common as your PS is going to lead you to believe! Don't let them ignore your concerns or fears. They are justified!!
3) I had the No Drain and don't think that had anything to do with my wound open in any way!! Mine was pure infection related.
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HI SWEETIE!! This is Cottonmomma! I just want you to know that this will heal. Its a long, scary and emotionally draining, but you will get there. Not to be negative, but you may have set backs along the way. The end result is worth it for me!!! Please PM me if I can be of any help!! Another one to read is puggymom or maybe pugmom an marinemom as well. Keep your chin up!! You'll be rocking a 2 piece in no time!
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Hi there. I was directed to your blog a couple of days ago, and I also read the ones you recommended. Thank you so much. I am still worried, but it helps to know that others have gone through this, and are on the mend. You are right. There doesn't seem to be any correlation between drains and no drains. I'm definitely going to ask plenty of questions tomorrow at the doctor. Funny about the two piece. I've always been so concerned about my shape that I've never worn one. I wonder if I will have guts to start now. Thank you so much.
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There are 2 other women here who I have read had similar issues. Though I do believe they had infections--but the separation issue is the same--with the scarring issues after.
Cottonmama is one and I cannot recall the other....I am sorry..I read and digest important details and then blank on who said them.

Over all do you like it?
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Thank you so much. I checked out cottonmamma, and will keep looking for the other. What I read has me a bit concerned. I go again to the ps on Friday, so we'll see how I'm progressing.

I like the results, I just hate open wounds more than any recovery pain. My mobility is very good. I'm slow, and hindered by the pain near the separation. I've taken pics, and will post soon. Oh, and my boobs are way too big. I can't wait for them to drop, and swelling to go down.

Thanks for asking. Haven't been on the web much, How r u? Looking for your posts now.
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HI! I am 11 days post op and also very active...not like Shaun T active--think strongman active. It has been the hardest thing to accept is sitting on my arse.

I can't carry groceries in..I can't even GO grocery shopping....normally I try and see how many bags I can carry in at once etc.

I think the hardest thing for you (for me) will be the forced downtime. However, I now have a skin infection and act like a bitchy diva around 7:30 at night because I was NOT listening and doing what I felt I was ready to do....(BACKFIRE!!) is a misnomer. It is hard to think you are resting when you are not tired--so I say--this is recovery for our intense exercise regimen and just think how much our body will be challenged in January when we are allowed to MOVE again!
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Mj385- I like your new outlook. And trust me, your activity is probably the same as mine. I couldn't workout every day, and I do rest during the workouts. Luckily for me, I am what the anesthesiologists call a cheap date, so resting for me is not tough when I take the vicodine. Hope you are now on the road to a smooth recovery.
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You look like a great candidate for a mommy makeover!! Yes, you'll have a hard few weeks, but it will all be worth it in the end. I'm so glad RealSelf has been a good source of information and support for you! Looking forward to hearing how you're feeling on the other side. :0)

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Hi Hockey Mom!
You are going to love your results! I'm sure your doc didn't want to do so many things at one time to keep the OR time & help you have a smoother recovery. And if you ate taking care of house & kids everyday, you are a supermom like the rest of us. Good luck today!
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Congratulations HockeyMom!!
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good luck tomorrow, I want to follow your journey and super excited for you!!! Your arms look like they are super toned and I am interested in hear what you do to get them like that! You are going to look amazing!
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Thank you for the compliment. I play hockey once a week, and do the insanity workout 4-5 times a week. That and carting my kids and their things really does the trick.
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Thinking of you today!! Good luck!!
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Welcome to RealSelf! Good luck with your surgery today. We'll all be rooting for you.

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