I had my surgery , thank god it's over. I'm a mother of two, 5'5 and I was only able to gain 4 pounds putting my weight before surgery at 137 lbs. I was at Angela's Recovery house for the first 6 days and Dominican fiesta resort the last 8 days. I enjoyed both but the resort was awesome. I had my nurse ,who did the massages also , come to the resort. I had a mini tummy tuck, liposuction, BA, butt contouring (since I didn't have enough fat for brazillian butt lift). My Cipla stay was terrible , the morning shift nurses were not responsive , they would answer the phone but would not follow up. I was sol when it came to pain meds, food and water. My iron had dropped tremendously and all they gave me was soup, water and guava juice. When i was being released i was so weak I couldn't stand or walk, I had to have wheel chair assistance and the male nurse had to carry me into the transportation vehicle. Ladies bring your own pain medication and iron pills, when you go for surgery pack protein drink like ensure or boost , you will need it once you get release.
I followed the blog and bought all the items suggested which was way too much. All you need up to the next 3-4 weeks is. Bed pads, the thick Kotex pads (old school ones) which will be used as buffer between compression garment and your skin, they will use 4 at a time so you may want to buy 2 packs (suggested brand: Cottony at Walmarts), baby wipes which will be used to clean yourself, since you can't take bath or shower, guaze pads the large ones which will be used to cover your incision, surgical tape the paper one, alcohol wipes,1 tube of bacitracin, at least 2 tubes of Arnicare arnica gel which you can buy at Walmart, urinal which you can order online from Walmart , a good sturdy neck pillow which u can sit on make sure it's comfortable , foam pads which you will use after about a week as buffer under your compression garment ( this will prevent indentations of the compression garment on your skin) , cotton like thongs and panty liners to wear over your 1st stage compression garment( Your vagina will be exposed otherwise), latex free gloves, compression socks the ones that look like thighs but come up to your thighs ( you can order from walmarts). Anti bacteria soap surgical soap (which you will wash up with the night and or morning before surgery.
I have to admit recovery was terrible , I was in pain, I was swollen and had lots of inflammation and i could not sleep well because of my procedures during my whole stay in the DR. Dr Duran and her staff was excellent and very supportive . Dr Duan was very attentive and available every time I went to the office. She also made a house call to check on me my first day after being released from Cipla. I love the work she did on my body and will post pictures later when my swelling subside. So far my tummy tuck scar and areola scar is almost invisible. I'm just now able to walk up straight without feeling stomach tightening. After surgery I gained about 20lbs . The weight didn't start coming off until 3 weeks post I now only 2 lbs heavier than pre surgery.
My transportation guy who took me everywhere I needed and wanted to go was awesome, his suv was new like, very clean and it had air. His driving was excellent. He went above and beyond to help me. He took me grocery shopping almost every day, places to eat out , sight touring and to Cipla for my follow up appointments, and of course to the airport. He is very reliable and was always on time ,He attends church and is a god fearing man . His name is Cisar Castillo cell ***-***-**** email ck******@***.com and he speaks English fluently
My nurse who also did the lymphatic massage was awesome she works directly with Dr Duran and up until my last week in the DR she worked out of dr Durans office , but due to dr duran making more room for her new and follow up patients , she now have to come to you. Her name is Yanira Rojas. She speaks only Spanish , I used my iPhone Spanish translator app to comunicate with her.
Good luck to all you ladies make sure you get your iron checked out before you go if its low they will not do the procedure, you will loose a lot of blood during surgery. This site was very helpful to me I'm just paying it forward hopefully this info will be of some help