Drainless Extended Tummy Tuck -Carmel, Indiana

I am 8 days post op from having a drainless...

I am 8 days post op from having a drainless extended tummy tuck. I am so far amazed with the results. The surgery was preformed on a Friday. I stayed overnight and the doctor himself visited me the next day. On SUNDAY he called me at home to check on me. I'm just impressed beyond words with him. All I have now is some swelling but I'm sure with time that will go away!

I'm now 10 days PO. Went to work this morning...

I'm now 10 days PO. Went to work this morning thinking everything would be great since I haven't had hardly any swelling and felt great until about 11 o'clock. I was so swollen I felt more hunched over than I was day 2 PO. Called the PS and he wants me to work no more than part time this week and try again next week... The swelling today was horrible. I think I now know what "swell hell" is.

Oh and no pain med. today not even Tylenol.

Day 11 post op. kids and husband went back to work...

Day 11 post op. kids and husband went back to work today. I was told yesterday by my PS that I can only work part time this week and to gradually get back into the swing of things. I tried yesterday and I was so swollen it hurt. Going to try 2nd shift tonight (less moving). Took a shower all by myself today too. Seems crazy that I'm excited about that but this just means I am 1 step closer to recovery.

Lets hope for less swelling today!!

Day 12 post op and my swelling is down enough...

Day 12 post op and my swelling is down enough today that I can actually wear my pre op jeans. I was afraid I might not ever be able to button them again! Lets hope the swelling stays gone for the rest of the day :)
Oh and one last thing my side is having burning where the cut was made. Called the PS and he says this is just the nerves and vein re grouping.

Day 13 Post op. I can't believe it almost been 2...

Day 13 Post op. I can't believe it almost been 2 weeks since the surgery. Last night was a bad night felt like it set me back to the beginning. Found an area on my back( since it was an extended tummy tuck he went all the way around) that was pussy and open. My PS said this was normal due to lack of blood flow and to put neosporin on the opening. Still really freaks me out though. But the late night call I made to him he ended it with this statement. You will heal and look wonderful. Not on my or your time but gods time. I think that was the perfect answer.

Exactly 2 weeks since my tummy tuck. So far I'm...

Exactly 2 weeks since my tummy tuck. So far I'm still excited. I did however not sleep very well last night kept wanting to roll to my side and those are still a little tender. Woke up with a horrible headache. Hopefully everything will get better as the day goes on.
I did add a before and a 2 week photo yesterday. Never realized the difference until I seen them together. Also just a question. I had a follow up at 1 week and now I don't go back to my PS until I'm a month out. I've noticed on here it seems as if everyone is going @ 2 and 4 weeks… are your schedules the same or does it seem like I'm waiting to long?

Day15 Postop. Yesterday was a lot better with...

Day15 Postop. Yesterday was a lot better with swelling and it seems that everyday I feel more and more normal again. Today is the first day that I am actually going to work a 12hr shift so we will see how the swelling is tonight. I finally slept last night not all the way but I only woke up twice and then I was able to fall back to sleep. I think my body is just finally that exhausted.
After today I think I'm just going to do weekly updates unless I have questions or concerns. I love this site it just wonderful how you can actually read from people that's been through the same thing!! Happy healing!

Ok I know I said just once a week now but I have...

Ok I know I said just once a week now but I have an important question for you fellow tummy tucks. Have you ever experienced pulling on your belly button. This just started yesterday evening and has been off and on all day. Is this something I should worry about or is that completely normal? Anything would be appreciated!
Thanks in advance.

I was just kidding about weekly updates I guess I...

I was just kidding about weekly updates I guess I just can't stay off this site.
I am on day 14 Postop. I worked my 12 hour shift yesterday and I made it!! I was swollen by the time I was going to get off but I had already prepared myself so I wasn't to shocked. I still have my tugging in the belly button area but PS isn't to worried with it says it could be as simple as the swelling making it tight and suggested I stay away from as much sodium as possible.
Also it is a SUNDAY and I received a call from Dr. Jones to see how I was and that's when he shared this information with me. I just love the way he actually cares make me happy that they're still great doctors out there.

Hope everyone is having an amazing recovery!!

Day 18 post op. If I could scream I would!!! My...

Day 18 post op. If I could scream I would!!! My insision on my back is open and burns. I was told I need to be seen by my PS. That's not that bad I guess but to top it off I started my period 2 weeks early. From the swelling, cramps and just being plain uncomfortable I think I am at my breaking point. If feel absolutely helpless. My children are taking care of me. This is not how I pictured recovery at all. In my mind I would have been shopping for new clothes right now not lying in bed at 2 1/2 weeks unable to clean,cook and barely go to work.

Sorry about the negative outlook today lets hope I can be more positive in the days to follow.

Day 29 post op. first I'd like to say that you all...

Day 29 post op. first I'd like to say that you all for the kind words. That why I like this site :-). Yesterday I went and seen the doctor. It was an unexpected visit but my insision on my back was open and he want to check it out. Come to find out all I need to do is dress it and ill be ok!

I have a lymphatic massage (I think that's what it's called) scheduled for tomorrow. My PS keeps saying it will do wonders for the swelling and that ill be amazed! I'll let you all know how it turns out.

Thanks again for your support! Happy healing!

Tomorrow will be 3 weeks since my tummy tuck!!...

Tomorrow will be 3 weeks since my tummy tuck!! Today has been an amazing day. I'm a little swollen but nothing I can't handle. I also went to get my lymphonic massage today. All I can say is it was amazing. The massage therapist wants to see me at least once a week for awhile I told him it was going to be to pricey for me to be able to do that and he cut the price in half!! To top off my good day I went to the mall and purchased 2 new outfits. Medium shirts, probably could have gotten a small but still unsure and size 8 pants. Before my surgery I was in an XL shirt and had to lay down to button my size 12 pants. For only being 3 weeks out I think that's pretty amazing.

I hope you all are having a great recovery...

Yesterday marked my 3 weeks. It's amazing how much...

Yesterday marked my 3 weeks. It's amazing how much better emotionally and physically I feel!! I am still swollen but I'm not going to let that get me down. I knew about swelling and I've just decided to embrace it.

I added a photo of my new outfit I was able to buy! So excited to buy smaller clothes. Maybe now ill enjoy shopping!

It been a little over a week since my last post. I...

It been a little over a week since my last post. I am 4 weeks post op and I am amazed the difference I feel after the 3 week mark. I still swell at night but it's not as much or as early on in the day!! My incision is looking better but I still wonder when to start scar therapy on it. I have an appointment with my PS in a week and ill ask then. Along with the 100 other questions I have written down. I did go down another size!!! I am sure when all the swellings gone I'll be even smaller!!

I would like to thank all of you for the support the last month. You all have really been a god send. THANK YOU!!
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