Ready to Get Rid of the Mommy Belly and Get a New Belly Button! - Fort Wayne, IN

I'm a 40 yr old mom of 3 kids. Who are 13, 6 &...

I'm a 40 yr old mom of 3 kids. Who are 13, 6 & 4. I love my kids to death, but the last 2 have done a number on my stomach. Though, the 1st didn't help. I have been an athlete since I can remember...softball & tennis were my 1st loves. I am 5'2" and 130. The last 3 years I have been working out religiously. I have trained and ran 5 half-marathons, 2 Tough Mudder and 2 Warrior Dashes. I am a BeachBody coach and have completed, Insanity and p90x. Through all of this, I have yet to lose my baby pouch, due to a hernia and muscle seperation. I can do all the workouts in the world, but they were never going to take care of the hernia or muscle seperation. So, this year, I decided to take care of the 1 thing that bothers stomach. Alot of people think I'm crazy and that "I look fine." Well, I want to look finer and not have my "MAJOR outie" belly button rubbing all over the place. It's not fun when you are jumping around to p90x and you hear your belly flapping...I'm at my idea weight yet I still have the extra skin. I have been reading everyones profiles on this site trying to wrap my mind around what I signed up for. I'm pretty sure I'll be ok, but reading all the comments and profiles have helped me realize that it will be all good. I'll recover and continue on my fitness quest.

My PS is out of Fort Wayne. He seems very kind and considerate in getting my the best results. A friend of mine knows the lead nurse at the surgery center. I was assured that I will be well taken care of.

My surgery is set for June 28th at 7:30am.

I'm happy to say that I made it through the most...

I'm happy to say that I made it through the most nerve wracking experience of my life. The 2 days of "drug fog" helped me get through the most uncomfortable part. I made up for 13 years of lost sleep. lol

I am ready for my follow up appointment on Friday. The drains are the most annoying part. I drained alot the 1st 2 days, but now little is coming out and I have 4 more days to deal with tubes. I guess it's my test of relaxing and not pulling the tubes out accidently.

I'd do this again in a heart beat. I found out that I actually had 3 hernias, not 1 like the dr estimated at my 1st appointment. I probably saved myself some damage from my active lifestyle.

Anyone who is considering a tummy tuck should approach this procedure with a positive attitude and some grit.

My follow up appointment on July 6th went well. I...

My follow up appointment on July 6th went well. I was never so happy to see a doctor. He pulled both drains out...which is an experience in itself. I turned white as a sheet. The thought still gives me the shivers. He took out some of the stitches from my belly button and gave me persmission to take a shower the next day. Funny this is...I was kinda afraid to look at my belly. Not sure why, but I was hesitant to take the binder off. I took a shower and made it through.

I returned to my office job on July 9th. It wasn't to bad of a week, but I was definitely tired each day. It didn't help that I had a 4 & 6 yr old to take care of in the evening. The kids were great and patient with their slow walking momma.

My 2 week followup on 7/13 went well. He took out the remaining stitches from my belly button. And told me to wear the binder for another 2 1/2 weeks. The binder is the most uncomfortable thing I've ever worn. If it's not chaffing my chest is chaffing way down under. How can anyone wear it longer than the recommended time period? I'm going shopping for some spanx garments soon. I'm thinking of using the tank top looking garment...its got to be better than this binder. All in all, the tummy tuck was worth it. Glad I had it done.
Summit Plastic Surgery

I have had 3 positive experiences with Summit Plastic Surgery, with 3 different dr's from this group. My 2 sons were taken care of by SPS. My recent tummy tuck experience with Dr. Shambaugh continues my confidence in this group.

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Comments (6) went well last Thurs. I can't say that wasn't scared to death. I loved the nurses & PS..they made me buck up and not chicken out. My follow up is this friday. I can't wait to see what my belly looks like. I'll post some photos. You will do great on Aug 9th...keep thinking positive. It will get you though mentally & physically. Wishing you the best:-)
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Good luck with your surgery! This site is very informative and thanks for sharing your journey. My TT is Aug 9th. I've had two kids 14 and 16 and before kids I had a laporotomy because of endometriosis. Middle age has not been kind to my tummy. Can't wait to see your after pics!
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You have a fabulous figure, after your TT you are going to be steaming hot. :)
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Thank you "fluffycloud". I'm hoping to be a hot 40 yr old momma:-) I'm 5 days into my recovery. I'd do it again in a heart beat. I'll post some photos after my appointment of Friday. I'm dying to get the drains out. It's the most frustrating part of the not to pull 2 tubes out of your body.
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Thank you Kimmers25:-) The Tough Mudder is an awesome event. It's alot of fun and is very empowering. Its funny how the guys on the course are always looking out for the girls. I constantly had guys trying to hold my hand...and I'm not a wimpy girl. lol You will have a blast in September. Where are you doing it?
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Oh my goodness you sound like me in the exercise department!!  Would love to talk to you about the Tough Mudder because I am doing that in September!

Being in peak shape for this surgery is totally going to help in your recovery!   Strong core really helps!  

One more day!!   I will be thinking about you and sending happy thoughts and hugs your way.

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