Tummy Tuck - my Journal

For those of you with up comming surgery, I...

For those of you with up comming surgery, I thought it'd be helpful to read a real experience:

Day of surgery I'm THIRSTY! and so very tired (my own fault, I voluntarily stayed up too late ;))and nervous. A little. Just about the IV line, really. I've done so much research Im not at all afraid of the proceedure. After being prepped by the nurses, drawn on by the Dr., I am given anesthesia and I'm out. I slowly wake in the recovery room where I am in and out of sleep. The nurses are there and so is my mom. I stay in recovery for about 2 hours, given meds and then am sent home. I'm awake and aware, but very sluggish. Still so very thirsty, i drink so much water. The remainder of the afternoon, I'm not feeling much pain at all.

Day 1 - I feel pretty good. Not too much pain, but I stay ontop of takin my meds. I'm able to move around quite a bit. but I am SO thirsty still. I drink tons of water and gatorade. I dont have an appetite at all. I notice a bit of swelling in my ankles. I walk haunched over because of the skin tightness and the elastic garment. otherwise I really feel ok. I rest most of the day.

Day 2 - Ok, this is paybacks i guess. Today I feel like total sh*t. My guts feel like they are going to explode. Not like I need to throw up, just uncomfortable, gassey-like tightness. I take simithicone all day, and a stool softner. I just feel awful. My incision area hurts, the lipo area burns like he**, the sutures in my muscles are painful. I'm in alot of pain. I begin taking One percocet every 2 hrs (nurse said that was ok). I'm exhausted, cranky, cant eat anything. I dont even want to drink water. Of course its the weekend, so the kids are around and I cant just lay in bed. :( I cant get comfortable no matter what. I make it a point to walk around even though I dont want to.

Day 3 - Much, much better. I knew it from the start because when I woke up I felt better. I slept decently. I've regained some energy and some of my appetite but I still get very tired and achy. i still try to drink alot of water. My legs are really swollen as is my belly. it doesnt look as flat as it did right after surgery! Oddly, the top of my legs at the hip joint, in front, are numb still. The nurse said this was pretty normal and to loosen up the elastic garment plus keep chuggn water. Keep ontop of meds, rest most of the day, nap at least once.

Day 4 - every day gets better. Every day my range of motion expands. I can do stuff for longer, I can even stretch the pain meds out more. I continue the stool softners. My appetite is back. I'm walking and moving around in general alot more. My lower back is getting really achy from being bent over all the time though.

Day 5 - once again, gettn better each day. I was able to get into bed without help today. Range of motion is better still. Walking is still more of a shuffle, and I get really stiff when the meds ware off. Belly is still swollen :/ . I'll be so glad to see when that goes down more.

Day 6 - back to work (desk job). It was rough. Hard to focus and very tiring. But I'm glad to be there, it helps urge me to do more than sit around! Getting the kids up and out in the morning is the hardest part (I'm a single mom!)

Will keep writing entries and try to get pics posted...

Woowwww! You are super. It seems to me that you are handling it very well. I go for my TT on august 9,2010 and I am scared and a nervous wreck. I just came back from my primary care doctor from having heart palpations. I believe because I am soooo worried. DR said I am fine though. Trying do some stuff to relieve stress. But congratulations on you TT. Happy healing.
Your days sound just like mine! I'm day 13 now and still taking tylenol around the clock! My belly is more swollen now than it was right after surgery, too, which really bums me out, but I think it's just one of the signs of healing, right? Can't believe you are doing this as a single mom! You go girl! Take care and happy healing!
Glad to know you're feeling better each day. What day was your surgery? Post pics when you can it helps others. I go for my tt on tomorrow at 7:30a.m.

Day 7 - Crash and burn. I couldnt make it into...

Day 7 - Crash and burn. I couldnt make it into work today. Just exhausted & in pain. got up at about 6:00, the kids off to daycare, feel asleep at 9am till 2pm. Got up, worked some, fell asleep again at 3-4:30. Was still ready for bed by 9pm!!

Day 8 - I guess thats exactly what I needed because I feel excellent! Off all narcotics, full of energy (well...sort of...). But when is this swelling going away?? I'm getting anxious because, my tummy is still not flat?

Day 9 - Feeling good. Lower back hurts from walking haunched over, I've NEVER had back problems. but Tylenol does the trick. Day 10 - Feeling better every day!I can comfortablly lay on my side now!

Hey Everyone:
well I had my tt on December 17, 2010 !! I did it and I am now coming up to the three week mark.
It was much easier than i anticipated. I heard some people say that it was the most pain that they ever had. In my experience, I have had period pains worse than what the tt was.
My biggest fear were the drains and also blood clots. The drains were a nuisance, but it is a Must for the healing process. The drains were removed six days later (two days before Xmas) and that was a great feeling to get rid of them.
I had more aches and tightness instead of pain.
Yesterday I had my stitches removed and the only set back was that a little part of the incision tore, but the surgeon tells me not to worry it will heal. She put a band-aid on it and later that night, I put polysporin on it and a new band-aid. I also have some swelling (which is normal) and the doctor put a needle into my stomach to see if there was any fluid. Luckily there was not...just swelling.
Can I just tell you that removing the stitches was like a new hurdle. I felt free and now I can say that I am in a full swing recovery.
I asked the doctor about the silcone strips to put on the scar, but she said its too early. I will see her in another two weeks but I wish that I could start the scar therapy now. I guess one step at at time!!!
THIS WAS SO HELPFUL! My surgery is planned for feb 2 and the tummmy recovery kind of scared me. But you just put me way more at ease. Thanks so much for writing your journey ...as i have 2 kids also!
Good luck with your surgery. Just a little advice. Tell your surgeon that you want your belly button to be an "in-ee". I hear that most surgeons give "out-ee" because it is easier to do.
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