Tummy Tuck with Hernia and Diastasis Repair with "fleur de lis" or inverted T incision - Fort Worth, TX
I am coming close to realizing my dream of...
I am coordinating with a general surgeon and a plastic surgeon for the complete repair. The diastasis and hernia have caused my lumbar disk issues to become worse and I am hoping this surgery will change my life in more ways than one!
Sorry, forgot details..
10 days till surgery!
I have ordered my leg support wedge and reacher/pick-up tool. Also have a trip planned to pick up a bed lounger and some extra pillows, plus most of the other suggested supplies. Here is my list:
Walker (checking Craigslist and thrift stores)
Shower chair (ditto above)
A new book
Laptop stand for in bed/on sofa use
Fresh fruits and veggies (closer to surgery date)
Elastic exercise band
Undershirts and tanks (to wear under binder) I've been wearing a binder for months now =/
gel ice packs
old towels and linens
Palmer's skin therapy oil
granny panties (hey, don't judge! they are from after c-section)
Waiting till my pre-op apt on Thursday to see what vitamins/supplements he recommends and pick up those this weekend.
I am packing a few small storage boxes with small items to keep my little ones entertained. Things like a new game, puzzles, books, and a few small toys. I want to put them under my bed and surprise them over the first week or so of my recovery. I will have my husband home for the first 5 days and my mother in law is coming to stay for several weeks (she usually does every Christmas) and she will try to help out as much as possible as well. She will be great at the cooking and cleaning and we'll see how she does with the kids ;)
I've got the closet organized and separated into labeled sections, as well as their drawers for socks and pajamas. Hoping this all goes smoothly! Getting excited, but also so very nervous...
I'm going to post a few pics from last night. I was laying in bed, wondering if I can dare hope that the blob will be gone and I'll get my body back.
Final pre-surgery consult today.
Everything is good to go. Labs that were concerning with high white cell count were because of recent sinus infection and having a steroid shot and just being on antibiotics. yay!
Discussed details and found out that Dr. Rumalla us planning to not even reconstruct my belly button because of my umbilical and incisional hernias. He said it is too great off an infection risk and I don't need it anyway. LOL, he has a point, but it seems strange to me. Anyone else but have a belly button?
He also said that he would try to get me flat as possible, but to be realistic in my expectations. I agree, but it kinda makes me feel bad. He also said I needed to keep working on losing as much weight as possible to get the best results possible. Guess I need to starve myself. =/ I am barely eating 1100 calories a day as it is.
Just a little bummed about that, but I know he is speaking the truth. The pounds just aren't coming off =(
oh well, l ooking forward to being flatter, wearing clothes with more confidence, and not getting asked if I'm pregnant again! Just 7 more days..
Talked to my PS assistant again
I called and spoke to my PS surgical nurse/assistant today about the concern with having no BB and she said that he meant it is unlikely they can save my BB since I have the previous incision around half of it plus the hernia. BUT she did say he does a great job reconstructing one and you can hardly tell the difference. I told her I don't want to look like an alien with none :D She said that I would be pleasantly surprised.
The closer it gets, the more things I see that need to be done! I STILL need to find a shower seat and wanted to find a walker. With my back issues, I'm sure I'll need it!
At least I have my Christmas shopping 98% complete. Just need to get my husband something. Maybe it can be the new me? LOL.. I'm hoping I'll have time to wrap beforehand, if not, I hope I can manage after.
Pre-op registration and work-up at hospital
Instructions are to shower and wash hair the night before (but not to shave the surgical area). No deodorants, lotion, perfume, hair products or make-up. No jewelry or nail polish. No contacts. Nothing to eat or drink after midnight. But to drink lots of water the day before.
Wow. It's getting real now. I STILL need a walker and a shower chair :(
UTI =/ and final preparations
I work a half day tomorrow and am going after I get off to get a walker and try to find a shower chair or maybe just a plastic stool/chair?
Need to get the Arnica tablets and antibiotic ointment. I can't believe it's almost time. BIEE and Faith35, surgery triplets :) this is so exciting but a bit scary too! Good luck to you both and let's keep each other updated.
Only nine hours to go...
Anyway, picked up my walker ($4.99 thrift store score!), Arnica tablets, some healthy snacks: "cuties" (tangerines), raw carrots, celery, hummus, almonds (unsalted) and pistachios (unsalted). and coconut milk (my fave). Also ordered my laptop stand/fan (since my internal fan is failing) and a bed lounger support pillow. I have extra pillows, all my prescriptions, wound and scar care supplies, ice packs, pajama pants, boxer shorts, new books... I think I'm as ready as I'll get. Good luck and blessings to my surgery sisters in the morning!
Made it to the flat side!
Also do but have my phone charger =/
my husband is home but I guess sleeping since he hadn't answered my calls or text.
My surgeon it's supposed to be in shortly to explain more.
I won't lie, I'm in some pain, but the onQ pump is helping a lot. Well update more when I can form more coherent thoughts =) Hope my surgery sisters are doing well!
So, I'm admitted there and they do more tests and xrays. Dr. Eaton's associate ( Eaton was my general surgeon for the hernia repair) came in and explained what he thought was going on. I had a very extensive hernia with sections of bowel that had adhesions and were trapped. He repaired all those. It looks like my bowel is now in shock and shut down. So, I have a GI tube draining my stomach and still am unable to eat or drink anything. Looks like I have another couple of days stuck in the hospital.
Bandage change and first view of scars
Home and On the road to recovery
I still have some swelling but I am pleased with my results from what I can tell so far and look forward to see continued improvement. My vertical scar looks so much better than the previous one and the horizontal incision is so low! Here are anther couple of pics.
Taking the slow road
I'm having a lot of skin surface pain, nerve endings I guess. The actually incisional pain is much better though. Still sleeping propped on pillows and can almost stand straight, but not quite. Still have quite a bit of swelling and fluid build up as well. But just taking it one day at a time. Pics were taken a few days ago, but they'll work for now. Will post more when I get the other drain out.
My surgeon is awesome. Scar reveal two weeks post op
Looking forward to my first real shower after the drain hole closes fully (should be tomorrow night) I'm moving and sleeping better and really only taking pain meds for my back, the pain is minimal from surgery at this point.
5 weeks post op
I'm starting to get used to my new tummy. I'll be very glad when I don't have to wear the binder (doc says it will be a while yet). Believe it or not, I'm already thinking about a little lipo to my bra/backfat area. Haha. .
Here are a few new pics
my problem spot is getting better
9 weeks post op, day 2 of scarguard
I was using the silicone sheets (Scar Away) but with such a large scar, I only had 3 on at a time, on the outer areas. I switched to the brush on scarguard yesterday. I will go ahead and post the photos from today so I can track any progress made.
Dr. Rumalla and his staff are amazing. They have been wonderful through the entire process. I am so happy I found him and will definitely go to him with any future needs.