I've been thinking about having a tummy tuck since...
I've been thinking about having a tummy tuck since the birth of my daughter. When my son was born 2 years ago I was certain. I'm 34 yrs. old, 5'3" & 138 lbs. I recently dropped 12 lbs. & though I continue to exercise & eat well my stomach will never be "normal" without the surgery. My skin sags & my belly bulges out especially on top of my navel. I always wear a garment over my belly to reduce the bulge even during sex with my husband. I feel better after the weight loss but my skin sags even more now.
My PS is offering a "recovery package" for $500. They don't specify what it is except that they are vitamins, creams & stuff. The surgery has been a financial burden as it is. Are there any suggestions in easing the recovery? I've read about some people taking Arnica & Tumeric. Also, the pain pump is another $500. If you didn't have a pain pump, how long did it take before you were no longer in excruciating pain?
Did everyone have lipo as well?
Thanks everyone! It puts me at ease to know many of you have managed without the pain pump. My 2nd c-section was much more painful than the 1st & I survived it obviously. I'm sure I can survive this.
3 weeks away!
It turns out I do have an umbilical hernia that will be repaired during my tummy tuck. Good news is insurance may cover the pain pump. My husband will be unemployed the Friday before my surgery so he'll be able to take care of me. Unfortunately we had to pull the kids out of day care so he'll also have to watch a 2 & a 4 yr. old. I'm nervous about having the kids home all day the 1st week after surgery. I purchased a compression garment, Scarguard MD, and a supplement surgical package from Vitamedica which includes, vitamins, Arnica, and bromelain. Will get my labs done in 2 weeks. I'm so ready!
My phone was not letting me update so I'm just getting to it. Post survey I was at a constant level 8 in pain. I had to stay the night at the hospital bc I was not able to pee on my own when the catheter was removed. While at the hospital the nurse woke me up at 3am so I could walk. So freaking painful! I was given morphine at the hospital which helped ease the pain. However, once I got home I was taking hydrocodone which helped for about 3hrs. then the pain returned about level6. I had to wait 3 more hrs. before I could take more pain meds. oh & did I mention I also have a pain pump? Called the dr. who said he would call in a stronger prescription but the pharmacy never received it. I took a shower day 2 & it felt good but I did begin to feel nauseous. I would suggest shaving everywhere prior to surgery even your but b/c you never know where the dr. will place tape. Can help avoid unnecessary pain.
Day 3 pain level fluctuated between 4&6. Definitely feeling much better. I am walking straighter. I notice I hunch over more as the pain increases. Day 3 was pretty boring & the kids are getting pretty bored as well. Day 4 pain is at a level 4 so far. My shoulder & neck muscles are feeling pretty tight from sleeping in a sitting position. I feel a burning sensation on my left side around the lower hip area below the incision.
Day 5 post op
Got to shower again, clean dressings, and take pcs of my belly. I find I'm not as sore, I'm able to do more things like crouch down. I'm pretty tired of being cooped up at home but so far no winter blues. My belly feels & looks more swollen than before. I'm still saying away from sodium & "bad" food, i.e. sugars, fried food. Eating low carb high protein but I am eating small meals compared to only a couple bites two days ago. Still my belly is flatter & smaller than it was before so I'm super happy. The hardest thing is not being able to hold my kids in my arms when their upset but they seem to understand more than I thought they would. My husband has been great. He is a neat freak so he keeps the house clean. Actually doing a better job than I normally do. I have to remind him to slow down bc then he's not as patient with our 2 & 4 yr. Old. Other than my 2 yr. Old's tantrums it was a good day today. I'm only on Ibuprofen now. Can't wait to have the drains out.
My drains came out yesterday! So liberating! The one on the left was pulling & becoming increasingly painful. Most discomfort is felt at night. I keep having to readjust & wake up achy & sore. I finally got to sleep in my bed last night which was nice. Didn't want my husband getting used to sleeping without me ????. I went to the grocery store for the 1st time after my appt. I missed shopping. Day 7 was rough emotionally. I was very sensitive & felt blue. I think feeling better but not able to do much got to me. Every time I tried doing something with the kids or around the house I felt exhausted.
I'm swelling but not terribly. I only have a gauze on my belly button being held by a tape. I removed the film over the BB b/c it started looking moist like it needed to be aired out. My doc said I was healing well. The nurse removed the stitches on the back where I had lipo. It didn't hurt having them removed only a small pinch. The feeling of having the drains removed I would describe more as a discomfort than pain. Not bad at all though & it only took a few seconds. I go back next week to have the stitches on my BB removed. I've attached new pics. Though the pics look very similar I can see the difference in the mirror. Swelling is decreasing & though the bruises still look bad they're minimally sore.
2 weeks out!
My mood keeps fluctuating with the weather. On cold & cloudy days I'm more sensitive. On day 11 I was freaking out because my belly button was gunky. I called my dr office but since it was the day after Thanksgiving I couldn't get a hold of anyone. Thank goodness for nurse friends! She put me at ease. Day 12 my husband & I got a sitter. I so needed to get out of the house. As I was getting ready I felt this intense pain in my inner thigh. Sort of felt like nerve pain. The pain eased up the following day. Day 13 I went to the mall & after an hour & a half of shopping I was exhausted. I'm surprised how quickly I get tired. I would say I feel discomfort most of the time but not pain at the incision site. At the end of the day or while I sleep I feel pain on my left hip. Also the sides of my waist get hard & feel sore though massaging the area seems to help. Speaking of sleep I went back to sleeping on the sofa. Apparently since I can't sleep on my belly like I'm used to my snoring is keeping my husband awake & I still need him to function for the kids.
Day 14 I went to my 2nd post op visit. Had the stitches removed from my bb. I was nervous it would hurt but it didn't hurt at all. I felt some discomfort when the nurse applied pressure to my bb to stop the bleeding. I also had the incision tape removed so I'm happy to see my scar is not as bad as it seemed. It was not painful to have the tape removed. Doc says I'm healing well & the swelling will continue to go down. He also the bb gunk was normal. He suggested I start applying BioCorneum to the incision to minimize the scar. It was $50 for 20g. It was surprisingly cheaper at the office than on Amazon.