I just turned 40 years old a few weeks ago. I am...
I just turned 40 years old a few weeks ago. I am happily married with 4 great kids. After weight gain with pregnancies plus two of my kids were over 9lbs I have Diastasis Recti, plus a lot of hanging skin. Over the past five years I've lost
70 pounds. I am 5'4 and weigh 142lbs.
I've been told by my gynecologist and my general doctor that I'd be the perfect candidate for a TT. I haven't taken this decision lightly, I'm still terrified. My husband didn't think I needed it ( he says I'm hot , is always complimenting me - I wish I could see myself through his eyes) but he's fully supportive now because he knows how much this bothers me.
I'm terrified of the anesthesia and the potential for blood clots. I love reading all of the stories here. They've been very helpful at calming some of my fears.
I have a pre op scheduled March 12. Surgery scheduled for April 12.
March 12, 2013 pre op appt.
At the pre op I...
March 12, 2013 pre op appt.
At the pre op I paid the balance. Then the nurse took pictures from different angles. The nurse went over all of the prescriptions I will need to fill before the surgery. Also what to expect. We discussed the drains. My surgery is on a Friday and my first post op will be the Tuesday after. I'm not allowed to shower until after that appt. but I can sponge bathe and hope to have my husband wash my hair if I feel well enough. One step closer....
It's really coming up now! I'm seeing everyone's...
It's really coming up now! I'm seeing everyone's surgery dates that once seemed so far away ( the late March ones) knowing I had plenty of time with April 12th. Today I bought milk and the expiration date is April 9!!!
This Thursday the 28th I have the surgery physical plus EKG with my primary care doctor. Once I get the all clear I'll fill the prescriptions the PS gave me plus get my supplies.
Reading so many of the TT and MM reviews each day really helps with my nerves.
I had my pre surgery physical today with my...
I had my pre surgery physical today with my regular doctor. They took my height and weight (141lbs and 5 ft 4 in) blood pressure 104/70 and went over my medical history (which is very short because luckily I've had a healthy 40 years). They did an EKG which was fine. My doctor was very excited for me. I had blood work done at a local lab a couple weeks ago.
So it's two weeks from tomorrow! I guess it's really happening! This was the one last hurdle I wanted to get through before buying my supplies and filling the prescriptions. Gulp!!!!!!
The surgical nurse called me this morning to tell...
The surgical nurse called me this morning to tell me my surgery time.
It will be 8:30 am but I need to be there at 7:00 am. I live about an hour and 20 minutes away so we'll be waking and leaving really early.
She took medical history over the phone. I told her how nervous I am about anesthesia and post op blood clots. She said they put the boots on the legs while I'm in surgery and they encourage movement afterwards. She was really sweet and said the anesthesiologist will be spending a lot of time with me before the surgery explaining everything and answering any questions I have.
Three more days! It doesn't seem real. I wish I could be like the majority of people on Real Self that are so pumped and excited but the what if's plague me. I wish it was Saturday already!
Heading the the hospital now for 7am check in and...
12 Apr 2013
Day of treatment
Heading the the hospital now for 7am check in and 8:30am surgery. Thank you to all of you for your support!!!!!
More details when I feel up to it. Surgery was...
12 Apr 2013
Day of treatment
More details when I feel up to it. Surgery was until 1 recovery room until 2:30. I'm in a room now. I don't know how people go home after this. I'm staying tonight. Thanks for the prayers!!
The post above is actually from the 14th. I had...
The post above is actually from the 14th. I had written it in the wrong place. Today Is Monday the 15th and I plan to go home from the hospital today. It's actually a surgical center hotel at Yale. The nurses have been so amazing. I had some problems getting catheters in, the first time they tried to straight cath me ( the type you only need once) it took 1.5 hrs because I have a lot of scar tissue from my vaginal deliveries so that was uncomfortable but they said I was a trooper for being so patient. When that didnt cure the bladder issue the next day the dr said they could catheter me over night. So there I was again legs spread eagle for 1.5 hrs trying to find my urethra. But at least when it was done it was relief from the bladder pain. The dr had wanted me on IV antibiotics but my vein crashed so they tried for 2 hours to get a new vein even using a pediatric needle and because my veins are so tiny they kept collapsing. They felt so bad for me but I didn't flinch. All my pain was in my abdomen area. I so badly wanted to be like the ppl here or the YouTube ppl who are in la la land for 3 days cause the drugs work so well. They just don't for me :( but its Monday morning as of last night I've been getting out of the hospital bed on my own using the restroom alone and waking the halls a few times. I don't want to scare anyone and I'm guessing it can only get better from here and believe me I'll share all the good too as it happens!! In real life I'm Miss positivity that's why this has hit me like a ton of bricks. What's odd is the nurses say I'm a toughie yet I feel like a wimp. Prayers to all of you going in this week!! Love to all of you for your support for me!!
I'm going to be leaving the surgical center with...
I'm going to be leaving the surgical center with in the next couple hours. The first nurse I saw on the shift when I had all the catheter & vein issues just came in and said how amazing I did with all I went through. She said she's had patients freak out over 1/8 of the stuff I had to deal with. They won't forget me basically lol. I'm doing so much now walking the halls. I feel I'm ready to tackle the trip home. Love to all my RS people and to any upcoming surgeries my thoughts and prayers are with you!!!
Got home at 7pm est tonight! Feeling comfortable!!...
Got home at 7pm est tonight! Feeling comfortable!! Thanks to all for the well wishes. I'm a little tired but I'll answer questions when I can :)
Hi everyone sorry I haven't updated. It's been...
Hi everyone sorry I haven't updated. It's been quite an ordeal but I thank you all for your good thoughts and prayers! I had a bladder issue ( sleepy after the general anesthesia so it kept retaining urine so even though I peed every hour from 1:30 am that first night to 10:30 am it was barely anything. I ended up needing a catheter and staying another night. I didnt sleep for 24 hrs straight ( except of course when I was put out for surgery) I do not understand how some people go home right away! Anyone who remembers my biggest fear it was the general anesthesia and just living through the surgery. I don't think I mentally prepared myself for the pain after. I've had Phenomenal nurses who promise me this will all be worth it. If that's true I plan on bringing them all flowers in a few weeks. I've even decided to stay tonight ( Sunday ) surgery was Friday. Because my bedroom is upstairs and I can't fathom how I'd do that. My husband has been awesome but I know he feels helpless when he sees me like this. Thanks again to all of you here! Praying this is worth it!
I have been sleeping the day away! This is coming...
I have been sleeping the day away! This is coming from someone who does not nap- ever. My husband has been waking me for my med times and to do my drains. When I get up to urinate I walk around a bit then it's back in my chair. The power lift recliner has been a god send as gas the toilet riser with handles. PO day 4 people and I'm doing this! I'm surviving! Lol love to all who are going in soon!!!
Post op day 5 here. My husband is taking such good...
Post op day 5 here. My husband is taking such good care of me. The Percocet and Valium can't see taken together so he sets the alarm for 2 am to give me Percocet, 3 am to give me Valium and 6 am to do the drains. He does the drains 3 times a day. Because I have 4 drains the highest drain has 20 in it followed by 15, then 11 and 10. I took milk of magnesia at 10 last night because I was nervous that the Miralax and colace weren't going to work. Well, at 2am I had diarrhea so hopefully that hurdle is over with I can go on to normal B.M.s now. I slept so much yesterday. Good luck to all new tummy tuck ladies!!!!! And to those recovering!!!!
I spoke too soon as far as feeling ok today. For...
I spoke too soon as far as feeling ok today. For the first time I just threw up! I haven't even needed the prescription for anti nausea meds so I didn't have a bucket nearby. My husband just ran out to get something but luckily my kids are on school vacation this week and brought me a bucket just in time. Man, did it hurt!!!! I don't ever want to look at jello again ( or lettuce for a while , I had salad last night) unfortunately I had just had my percocets so I'm guessing I should just wait another 4 plus hours before trying those again. For those of you who wake up from Anesthesia puking I'm so very very sorry!!!!!!!!! This killed my abdominal region and at least I had a few days into my healing...
I had my 6 day post if Dr appt today. I have 4...
I had my 6 day post if Dr appt today. I have 4 drains and they were able to get rid of one because my husband said it produced less than 25 cc in a 24 hr period. Oh and the Dr had to
use a tiny needle to drain something on the breast tape area. i barely felt It . I love the look of my breasts ( lift plus smaller areolas no implants but I'm not brave enough to
Pose braless yet. Here are my 6 day post op pictures.
It's hard to believe it's been a week today!...
It's hard to believe it's been a week today! Around 1pm last Friday the 12th my surgeon came out and told my husband things went really well. I had wonderful nurses at the surgical center. And my husband has been fantastic for my home care. He's done all my drains, kept tabs and records on all of that and also kept track of when to give me my meds. He's keeping the house clean with our kids help. Love him and them so much. People weren't kidding about the emotional roller coasters ,I've definitely had a couple crying bouts. But I remember the nurses saying it's good to get that emotion out. Funny how at post op day one or two I'd tell people to cancel. Now one week post op and I can honestly say please keep your procedure scheduled!!! My lift recliner for $100 rental for the month has been a must! The toilet seat riser with handles was great for 6 days ( stopped using it last night)
Love to you all!!!!
PO day 9. Feeling really good. Still just resting...
PO day 9. Feeling really good. Still just resting at home with my husband spoiling me. The kids have been great too. I was so nervous to weigh myself ( I like to weigh every day but everyone said post surgery to wait due to fluids etc.) Surgery day I was 140. Today I was 136 so, hey, I'll take it!!! Now I have a post surgery reference point.
My husband and kids can't get over how " little" I look and my husband doesn't know how I'm going to keep this a secret from family when they see me. ( I couldn't tell my mom because she's against this type of surgery) My husband supports me not telling certain people because he knows how much it would've stressed me out but he thinks they'd really be clueless not to tell. Uh oh lol I guess I'll be layering clothing a lot lol
Happy healing everyone!!!!
Post op day 11. Doing well. Taking extra strength...
Post op day 11. Doing well. Taking extra strength Tylenol and every 6 to 7 hours the .5 milligram diazepam ( muscle relaxer ) I still have some percocets left so I may have one tonight before bed. Yesterday ( post op day 10) I awoke at 4 am with a sharp pain in leg. As anyone who's read my story knows, my 2 fears were the anesthesia and then post op blood clots. Asked here and some nice ladies on the April board said call your PS NOW. My dr sent me to a radiologist , luckily no DVT's phew!
I've been feeling good the past couple days. Taking full advantage of my husband's pampering me. Before I know it, reality will be here. I think I've mentioned he's also always done my drains since we got home ( nurses did them at hospital) and they are less and less each day. I had 4 , 2 on each side of waist. They don't hurt at all. It didn't hurt when they took the one out on Tuesday. This Thursday post op day 13 is my next appt. I would love to get the rest out 2 are barely outputting anything the past cpl days. So we'll see. It has to be less than 25 in a 24 period and 2 have been that but will they be Thursday?!!! We'll see...
Loving my power recliner I rented for $100 for the month. I sleep so well at night in it! I'm such a side sleeper so I think pillows on my bed would just be annoying for me.
I have a little rash around the belly button so I'll ask about that Thursday.
Oh and I've been crying daily it seems even though I'm happy usually lol I didn't have post partum with any of my babies, can barely tell my period is coming, I'm just not moody, i'm so even keel and they aren't kidding when they talk about the emotional roller coasters! Woo boy!!! Be prepared :) luckily I end up laughing with my sweet husband saying can you believe I'm crying again?! Lol
Good luck to those just going in soon! Love to all!!!
24 hour drain total; drain #1was 21ml drain...
24 hour drain total; drain #1was 21ml drain #2,was 24 ml and drain #4 was 1ml
I had drain #3 out last Thursday really hoping the rest can come out this Thursday!!! ( have to be under 25ml in a 24 hour period) they don't bother me pain wise at all just cumbersome. Think I have a good chance?
Today I had two more drains removed ( I had a...
Today I had two more drains removed ( I had a total of 4 and one was removed last Thursday at 6 days PO) so now I have none on my left side and one on my right. I was so hoping they'd all be removed because they require less than 25 ml in a 24 hr period. That one was 21 one day but 26 the next. The other two were producing next to nothing ( one literally zero)
It didn't hurt when they took any of the drains out, last week or today.
They reapplied tegadern strips to my incision. But left the area right where the pubic area is alone for now to breathe. But I'm healing well. I hope to add pics tomorrow :)
Good luck to those going in tomorrow and in the coming week and happy healing to the rest of us!!!!
These 2 weeks flew!!! The first few days I never...
These 2 weeks flew!!! The first few days I never would've thought I'd say that but wow I'm so happy to be 2 weeks into the recovery process.
Yesterday where they took two drains on one side out, it's red and puffy so they told us to apply neosporin & gauze. I'll try to get a pic of that when my husband changes the gauze.
16 day PO appt today. Last drain out!! Yes! And...
16 day PO appt today. Last drain out!! Yes! And today my husband had to go on a one night business trip it was perfect because I never needed to milk or drain my own drains! And I had four of them! My husband always did them.
Initially I was supposed to have an appt this coming Thursday but they said to call if the drain was low all w/e and they'd pull it. And the totals were low. It worked out well because last night there was an issue under my right breast incision. It opened and was bleeding. So I was able to make it a real appt. My PS wants me to use neosporin and gauze on it daily until next week. No tegaderm under that breast for now. My new appt is next Monday instead of having to go this Thursday too. Medicine wise I'm not really on anything anymore, well I've taken Tylenol once a day the past few days. But it doesn't work on me. Wish I could have Advil but PS doesn't allow that. But every day I feel better. Happy healing to everyone!
PO day 17 yesterday I had my last drain out and...
PO day 17 yesterday I had my last drain out and now when I bend over I hear a sloshing sound. The DR described fluid collecting as like a waterbed feeling vs just swollen tissue. Well, it's definitely like that in the side of the incision where the drain site was. It felt better with that last drain in. I was just so excited to get it out, not have to conceal under clothes etc. I'm reading up on seromas and wondering when to call. I don't want to be the patient that calls for everything little thing but I'm freaked out.
PO day 19 I called the PS office this morning and...
PO day 19 I called the PS office this morning and talked to the nurse about the fluid collection near the last drain site that was removed on Monday. She said I could come in today or relax, put my feet up and come in tomorrow so it gets more of a chance to possibly collect fluid then the Dr will be able to remove with a needle. By doing this she hopes I'd be okay over the weekend and then she said to keep my Monday appt. I started my period yesterday which usually doesn't make me teary. But I'm just crying. I just wanted the text book recovery and I feel like such a whiner and that's so not me.
PO day 20;
I saw my PS today so he could evaluate...
PO day 20;
I saw my PS today so he could evaluate if I have a seroma or not. He just thinks it's normal swelling. He pressed around a lot and didn't even think he needed to use a needle on it. Maybe I'm a little phobic with this process I had myself convinced it was a seroma. I just don't get hearing all the swooshing noise now when I put the binder on or bend over. Did any of you "hear" the fluid?
3 weeks ago, today was my surgery! There's ups and...
3 weeks ago, today was my surgery! There's ups and downs but I'm happy I'm at this point. I did a little shopping today because I have to go to a wedding in a couple weeks. I was shocked by the size- a 6 petite!!!
Unbelievable. I was really happy trying it on in the dressing room. I still haven't tried on any pants or jeans with zippers and I don't plan to for a little bit longer. Happy healing to everyone!!!
PO Day 25
Not much of an appetite still. Things...
PO Day 25
Not much of an appetite still. Things that used to appeal to me don't now. I still hear the fluid sloshing around yet I'm not very visibly swollen. It's just an odd, full feeling. I almost didn't want to update because I'm not that cheery but my husband said I should keep up with writing how I feel each week so I have a comparison.
Happy healing and good luck to all of you!
4 weeks post op today. I had a PS appt. today. I...
4 weeks post op today. I had a PS appt. today. I still feel some fluid but again they said it wasn't enough to use a needle on to aspirate. The time is flying, which I'm thankful for, but I can't wait to feel normal again. The nurse took the tegaderm tape off my TT incisions and my breast incisions so tomorrow after I shower she wants me to reapply them. They recommend 12 weeks of the Tegaderm tape then I can do scar away or mederma lotion.
Happy healing everyone!!!
4 weeks and 4 days Post Op and I finally have...
4 weeks and 4 days Post Op and I finally have energy! What a difference from last week. It's still hard to do everything I want to do but at least the desire is there. Still very tight in the abdomen. It's nothing I need pain meds for, more annoying than anything. I rented power recliner for a month and they picked it up yesterday. That was so worth the $100 for the month. (It retails for $1800 at the medical store)
I've been sleeping in my bed since week 3 and I can't wait to just be able to get up without having to think it through so much. But each day it gets better. I weighed 140 the day of surgery and I now weigh 131/132 and I'm very happy with that.
Happy healing everyone!!
5 week update
Time has really been flying, Friday the 17th was 5 weeks PO for me. I've been able to do so much more. I'm seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. I think I'll fit into the category of people who take 4 months to fully recover not just 6 weeks. I still have to be careful when getting out of bed. I can't wait to be able to move around like I used to.
I'm very happy I did this!
6 week update
I can't believe it's been 6 weeks! I'm very happy to be at this point. I still have a lot of tightness and I still need to brace myself as I get out of bed. The first 3 weeks I slept in the recliner that I rented for a month. The last 3 weeks I've slept in bed but I'm still propping with pillows. I'm a side sleeper and still haven't been able to sleep on my side.
At my last doctors appt a couple weeks ago they said I can stop wearing the binder at 6 weeks. But I think I'm going to continue to wear it most of the time. It just makes me feel more supported.
Even if it takes me another few months to feel 100% this was still SO worth it! Shopping is actually fun now :)
Good luck to everyone with surgeries coming up and to those who are healing !!
7 week update
It's been 7 weeks since my tummy tuck and breast lift. I'm happy I've come this far. I'm still sleeping on my back with a couple pillows under my legs, I'll love it when I can go back to sleeping on my side comfortably. I'm very happy I had this done.
The other night I put a white tank top on for bed and it looked good without even wearing a bra! My breasts haven't been up where they should be in so long ,it's so weird! So glad I did both the TT and BL at the same time. Good luck to those going in soon and happy healing everyone :)
7.5 week pic added
8 weeks PO!
I'm 8 weeks post op today. On Tuesday the 11th I have an appt. with my PS so I'll have more to report then. But for now things are going really well. I'm happy with the healing progress. I don't feel 100% yet but better and better and It doesn't stop my routine. It's amazing how much this surgery can truly change your shape.
Good luck to everyone :)
I haven't had too much to report because the PS office needed to cancel my last couple appt due to my PS still being in surgery. I live 1.5 hours away so luckily they called me before I left my house. One issue of concern I have is my upper midriff area. At week 6 the dr/ nurses called it soft tissue swelling. But at this point it seems like extra skin. I'm not gaining weight, in fact I've lost 12 lbs more since the day of surgery. Now I weigh 128. This area is squishy when I sit. And in this new pic I added you can see a pleat/ line in it. Any one have experience with this? I never get swelling below belly button that area has been nice and taut since the TT. Any opinions would be great!
14.5 weeks and PS appt.
23 Jul 2013
3 months post
I had a follow up appointment with my PS today. I told him that I am happy with the results but that I wondered about the midriff area, if it's swelling because to me it seems like extra skin. He told me that right now it does appear to be extra skin with a little fat. He said he would've had to give me a major scar to remove all of that ( I believe he was talking about the fleur de lis type with the scar going up the whole stomach region) He didn't think that was necessary. He showed me my before that they took in the office . The pictures would've been so good to put on here-It really shows how I had these 2 sagging spare tire areas. Because I'm wearing pants in my before pictures on here you can't get the full effect.
I look like a whole new person. The before pictures look like I was in a "fat suit"
The area under my belly button has always been pulled nice and tight/taut. I'm very happy with the breast lift and the pubic region looks great.
He wants to see my in 3 months to assess the situation further.
I'm wearing size 4's and 6's depending on the brand. Definitely happy I went through this.
15 week picture
26 Jul 2013
3 months post
I'm feeling really good. Mederma was making me itch so the PS gave me samples if Kelo Cote and already I'm seeing fading after a few days. I'm going to purchase a full size bottle off amazon.
5 months post op
20 Sep 2013
5 months post
I'm feeling great. I've used kelo for almost 2 months on my scars ( have another month to go but you can continue using after the 90 days if it's still fading) It's definitely working to fade the scar and I'm pleased with that. There's still the crease above my belly button in the mid riff area.
Before the surgery I just had so much skin above the belly button too and a muffin top, I looked as if I had 2 spare tires. Now, the area below the bellow button is nice and taut and flat so that's good.
My Doctor wants to assess that area at my 6 month post op visit next month.
This was all definitely worth it!
7 month update
29 Nov 2013
7 months post
7 months post op for tummy tuck and breast lift no implants. I'm feeling great! So happy I did this! Good luck to all of you who are just starting your process :)