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4 weeks post op, drainless TT and lipo flanks, - Dallas, TX
- posted 9 months ago
- updated 7 months ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $11,000
- Dr.f. Hackney (Dallas, TX)
Hello ladies , I am a 38 year old mother of two...
- 31 Aug 2012
- 4 days pre
Hello ladies , I am a 38 year old mother of two awesome boys ages 2.5 and 4.5. My boys were a whopping 10. 9 lbs and 11.3 lbs. Both c-sections. That being said I've really always have had a flabby belly... Can't blame the before on them. I am pretty curvy and have big boobs to go with my baby birthing hips. My husband is not on board for baby number three so I am tired of just looking 5 months pregnant! I really struggled with the recovery time because of my young boys and hip to hip scar but I'm over it. I'm taking the plunge September 5th. After reading and researching I think the best fit for me is the drainless TT w/MR and lipo of flanks. I had consultations with 4 PS 2 did the drainless and 2 swore by drains. I will be under will approximately 4-4.5 hrs with this quilting procedure. YIKES! That was a big shock for me....I have to come out ALIVE for my boys!!
Starting bromalein 3 days pre op & arnica day after. I plan to take pretty high doses for the first week as per suggestion of another patient. My surgeon didn't have much to say about either of these drugs other than I could take them if I wanted. I took the suggestions of other patiraise and bought a raised toilet seat, shower chair and leg
wedge. I'm ready tonight but tomorrow I will rethink this whole thing and have to run from the overwhelming thoughts of vanity and selfishness.
Less than 9 hours until my drainless TT, flank...
- 4 Sep 2012
- 1 day pre
BTW-I am 5'5'' and 170 pounds. I am hoping to lose 20 pounds after I can begin exercising again. For me 150 is great!! I am not planning on much weigh loss from the procedures. I am going to add some before pics shortly....how embarrasing!!! As I uploaded to the pics to my computer my 4 year old said "look its Ann (my pregnant friend) with baby Charlie"...confirmation I need this done.
I have a raised toilet seat, wedge for legs, ice packs, maxi dresses, button up pj.s and basket full of meds. I am not planning on much drainage from the incision site and my PS actually said not to care for it at all...just the bb.
Started Bromalein a few days ago as I saw lots of other pts doing the same. Planning on a low sodium diet for the next week or two...(GROSS) , 2-3 liters of water and starting Arnica on Thursday. I need to be able to drive in less than a week to get my sweet boys to school...hope it works out. I see some driving at 5 days and soem3 weeks.
See my reply below...sorry I am updating from my...
- 5 Sep 2012
- On day of treatment
Day 1: walking every 2 hours in cul de sac......
- 6 Sep 2012
- 1 day post
Day 3...moving right along...I really think...
- 8 Sep 2012
- 3 days post
Today my husband cooked a spicy sausage which produced a mace like effect and had me coughing...that was extremely painful.
Day 4....um...wow...had a coughing attack in car...
- 9 Sep 2012
- 4 days post
My boys are being very good with me btw...my 2 year old gets I can not lift him.
I'm day 7...everyday overall is better and better....
- 12 Sep 2012
- 7 days post
At 5'4" so I KNOW I need to loose 20lb...& wait for swelling to subside. Will post pics later:)
4 weeks today. Mostly back to normal activities...
- 4 Oct 2012
- 29 days post
Swelling.....definately diet and activity dependent. Its hard for me to drink 64 oz of water but I know that battles it. I swell a bit after 2p every day...not bad enough I can't wear stuff just a feeling of hardness and fullness. I can walk/ shop for long periods in morning but by afternoon I'm uncomfortable and sit a lot. I'm just ready for my belly to feel "normal" not soooo tight and numb.
Weight...up until last week I really only lost 1 pound. I have now been eating less carbs and fat and I'm down 5. I hope this changes when I am able to hit the gym. Frustrating!!
Follow up...i don't see my ps for 6 months. Scar healing well with silicone strips and roll on. I can't say I see a huge difference but he said I need to wear them 24/7 for 6 months. Over all I'm very very happy...worthe every penny:)
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I stumbled upon dr. Hackney by reading reviews and researching ps in Dallas that do drainless procedures. He was my last consult of four and "the one". I felt very comfortable with him and staff imediately. Even scheduling an appointment I felt like a friend and not a bother or rushed. Surgery center was amazing. I got awesome care and really felt like I was in a hotel being pampered.