One Week Post Op Tummy Tuck - Columbia, MO

I am 35, one week post op and feeling pretty good....

I am 35, one week post op and feeling pretty good. I am 5'6 and weighed about 165...I was told the Dr. took a little over 5 lbs off...yikes! The first day was bad due to being sick from anestisia and pain meds. Throwing up after a TT is NOT fun, but really this was my only issue. I do think I have a high tolerance for pain, but so far it has not been bad, I have not taken pain meds since surgery other than Tylenol. The drains are the most annoying part, but understand their importance. I had the surgery November 5th and went back to work on November 12. I try to only work half days and take a lot of breaks. I am a real estate agent so I can be fairly flexible. For all those considering...go for it. The initial worries are the worst, after that you are golden.

Infection

These are pictures of the progression of the infection which I thought was bruising. Please even though the pictures are named day 1-13...they are not nocessarily specific days. I do change my underwear...lol. so you can see the days based on that.

on the mend

Finally on the mend! Feeling good:)I have a couple of days left of the antibiotic and still packing the wound but that is heading also. All seems well!

Finally Healed!

It is refreshing to be in this so called final week of healing. I do NOT have to pack my wound anymore, I just have a band-aid covering the opening. Swelling is up and down, but nothing out of the ordinary. My energy level and overall well being has sky rocketed in the last week (which would be week 6 post op). I cannot say enough good things about my doctor. He sees me at a moments notice Sundays, evenings, doesn't matter. I would love to get back on the treadmill. What kind of workouts is everyone doing? I don't want to do too much too soon and set me back again. This is the first full week I have felt good.

Wow how time flies

I cannot believe I am approaching the 3 month mark. I feel great and actually am starting to see definition in my ab muscles! It was such a long road getting to this point and my scar actually starting spitting after all of the drama with the staph infection. We booked a trip to Mexico in March so I started tanning! I am using spf 110 on the scar as I am not suppose to get ANY sun/uv on it. Anyone else doing the same? Also, I saw the Dr. on Monday and he mentioned he will be fixing the dog ear on my left side. Does anyone else have dog ears and will your Dr. fix them...if so when and what is the process...anyone??
Columbia Plastic Surgeon

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
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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I am so happy everything has worked out ok for you. Sorry cant help you with the dog ears.
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Great news good on you
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What were the early signs of infection and how long after did your doc start treating it? Did you just take antibiotics or did they have to cut off the infected areas?
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It was approximately 1 week before he treated me as we kept thinking I was uncomfortable from the drains. My abdomen was full of abcess puss so he cleaned me out and put a new drain in. He began treating me with antibiotics immediately and I cleared up quickly.
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He did not have to cut anything out, just cleaned out the abcess. I am not sure if you are asking bc you are curious or if you think you are getting one. Per my pictures I had slight redness on my stomach, I did NOT have a fever but was very chilled and then would sweat terrible. A couple days prior to getting my drains out I started feeling extreme uncomfortableness..pressure and kind of poking pain at my hips...I really thought it was the drains. Looking back I think this was the start. Once I got the drains out I did not feel better and progressively felt worse. I live 1 1/2 hours away from my dr, so that is partly why I was not treated immediately...we were doing everything via text until I could get to him...which by then was probably a little late.
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I'm just a bit of a hypochondriac and now that I'm done withnmynantibiotic pills, I'm just trying to be vigilant. these infections seem random so you never know. How many days after surgery were you taking antibiotic meds?
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I did not take antibiotics immediately after surgery. My Dr. does not give antibiotics unless necessary to avoid building a resistance. My infection did not set in until about 2 1/2 weeks. I was on 2 differnt kinds for 2 full weeks. He debating on putting me on something else after bc I was so bad, but didn't want to again for fear of resistancy. So far so good. I literally text him daily. Matter of fact I texted him a picture of my scar today that was a little red and sore, not bad but want to have a photo progression record in case it gets worse. I would recommend taking pictures daily, sometimes more than once so you have something to go back to and look at. It REALLY helped me see if I was getting worse and Better;) I am usually NOT an alarmist which is kind of my problem...when I have an issue I wait too long, however, because of my situation (infection) I am kind of a freak and worry about everything. He also told me though if I do not get better he has to open me back up...COMPLETELY...I do NOT want that so I am being careful.
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Yes, is, taking photos everyday too :). I also take a ton of vitamin C 2000-4000 mg per day. I'm hoping that will help,keep my immunity up as well.
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I stalked your page and cannot believe how much you had done at once...You are a brave soul! You look great! Just watch for redness and listen to your body...if you feel different or weird CALL YOUR DR. You will be fine:)
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Redness seems to come and go and I don't feel any different so hoping that's just part of the process. Yes,many times in the first week when my arms where swollen and painful I wished I hadn't added that. But what I had done is already half of what I originally planned !!! Sheesh talk about dumbells.minwas gonna Lipo my whole back and flanks and fat transfer to butt as well. I do know some girls here who had all that plus a boob job. Anyway, I'm so glad I opted for less ( even tho it's still a lot) the face Lipo was very minimal, no pain, and my face was swollen only on the first day. I think Lipo is worst than TT. My arms only now have stopped hurting. - took 2 weeks! And yes, I'm constantly emailing my doctor for every little thing.
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that is good that you are keeping your doctor in the loop! I hope you have are having a pain free Christmas!!
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I am so sorry you are going through this. I am so happy you have a dr that is on top of it. I also got infected after my tt on. Sept 19 and felt terrible ...flu ish and headache and have had to pack the wound for the last 2 months. Good News: it does get better. I am now FINALLY over he flu and headache feeling in just the last 10 days. Wound almost healed just a tiny open area I still pack with dakins solution and gauze. Best wishes. Rest. Drink tons of water....continue listening to your bod.
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Thank you so much for your response. It is good to know I am not the only one dealing with this. Keep me posted on your progress. My hole is closing as well and the packing is getting less and less. I feel full and swollen, but don't really look swollen. I would like to know how you feel so I have something to compare it to.
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This site has been really helpful for me to realize I am not alone either. I understand you feeling full and swollen. I feel that way too. One thing that helped me was getting a lymphatic massage. Also really resting a lot. I am a stay home mom with kids in school so I can do that. Hope you can too. I also took aleve or Advil everyday. I now only do that some days as I said I am getting better. When was the last time you saw your ps? Are you using dakins solution? Some drs use other solutions. I also wear spanks high top, to right under my boobs. I wear them night and day and hurt more and feel I have more swelling without them. Good luck. Keep in touch. I am sending you healing prayers!
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You look great!
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I am glad your infection is under control. Thanks for posting those pictures; I never thougth an infection might look like that.
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I agree. I didn't either and the Dr. or an ER Dr. didn't think it was an infection at first. That is why I posted...Thanks!! I hope all is well with you? Did your surgery go well?
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That's great, your skin looks really good now and your incision is so fine. Not much swelling either, what's your secret?!
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thank you so much I had the first set of dreams for 2 weeks then after I got the infection I had another set for 1 week. I still get drainage out of the open wound so I am sure that helps with swelling
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you really are looking fantastic
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I hope your feeling better soon...
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So glad your on the mend!
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You look great. I'm curious, how did you know you had an infection? I dont see any signs on the pictures.
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If you look closely above the incision there is slight redness. ..I think was the start. I did not feel well. I should have been feeling better after getting the drains out and I did not. I hurt and had pain around my hips. I had horrible sweats and chills but no fever. The redness for progressively worse but it took about a week. Listen to your body!
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