4 1/2 Weeks Post-Op and Feeling much better!! New Pics!

Hi Everyone! I am a mother of 2 beautiful girls....

Hi Everyone! I am a mother of 2 beautiful girls. They are ages 4 and 1. I am 5'4 and now weigh about 158. Since I decided that I am done having children I am ready to get a tummy tuck. I was average weight (130) most of my life and never had any problems. After my first child I gained 60 pounds but easily lost all of that weight plus more and had little to no stretch marks. I expected that after the birth of my second child it would be the same. BOY WAS I WRONG!! It has been a year and I can not get back to my usual size. Also this birth left me with stretch marks and a sagging tummy. I am scheduled for June 29th and I am pretty excited. I just got some forms from my doctor today and I am now totally freaked out about having to go home with a foley catheder!! Anyways I am just counting down the days!! This website has been so much help!

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Hi there. You really have a nice shape already. I think you are going to have great results. Good for you for not waiting 20 years like I did :). I got sent home with a catheter after a hysterectomy and had to remove it myself. Scary but not too bad to deal with. How long do you keep the catheter?
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Tomorrow is my pre-op appoinment. I have a huge...

Tomorrow is my pre-op appoinment. I have a huge list of questions to ask my doc.

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Thank You! I believe he said that I would have it 24 - 48 hrs afterwards. He also said I would remove it at home like you. Yuck! That freaks me out more than anything. I looked at your pictures and your results are amazing! Did you also get lipo? If so did that hurt?
Re catheter. As soon as I was peeing out I just had to cut the tube and it pulled right out. It just freaked me out but didn't hurt. Just think of it like a tampon :). Thanks for the nice compliment. Trying to get use to this new body. I had lipo on the flanks and a little on the hips. It's still a little sore. That Is taking longer than the incision. I think everything hurt after surgery. But I found it to be less pain than my c-sect. We all recover differently. A proper compression garment is the key. I battled with that and now I finally found something that works and is bearable. I suggest something with legs so the swelling doesn't move to your thighs as bad. That was my mistake.

Well I had my pre-op appoinment and I think I am...

Well I had my pre-op appoinment and I think I am actually more nervous than I was before. They just really went over everything with me, gave me my prescriptions, took before photos, and took my blood to check if I am anemic. They gave me many prescriptions: Percocet, Vicoden, Valium, Phenergan, and an Antibiotic. I think signing forms that say I could die is what made me the most nervous. I actually had thoughts walking out that I dont want to do it anymore. I know I do want to do it though.....just scared.

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You'll do great. Those forms are scary though. Looks like you got drugs for nausea and nerves too. That's really good.
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Well it is good to know that it didnt hurt. I went to my pre-op and they said the lipo would make me more sore than the TT. I didnt have a C-sec with my 2 girls so I cant compare the two. Thank you for the advice on the garment. I will make sure to get something with legs. :)

Well I decided that I should go ahead and rent a...

Well I decided that I should go ahead and rent a hospital bed. The bed in my home is very high and the recliner I have likes to pop foward sometimes by itself. I called a company here is Houston and was able to rent it for $150.00. That comes with the mattress and it is for 1 month. Not so bad...I was thinking it would be a lot more.

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Today was a bad day. Even though I want to have...

Today was a bad day. Even though I want to have this TT more than anything I am just so scared when it comes down to it. I have 10 days until this all happens. I am already a depressed person and I am really scared I am going to go into some sort of deep depression right after the surgery. Good thing is I do not have to stop taking my Zoloft before or after the surgery.

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Well it is one week until my surgery. Still...

Well it is one week until my surgery. Still feeling scared. Still thinking I will not wake up from my surgery. Had to attend a friends funeral today :(.....which has given me even more anixety about everything. Trying to just think about the positive things though. Flat tummy! Flat tummy! Flat tummy!!

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Hi,

It's almost our our turn next! How you feeling today? :-)
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Today was a better day. I am just so ready to be done with this and get over to the flatside. Are you ready????
You're gonna do great cj :) ! You are young and healthy and you'll wake up to see a flat tummy!!
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Well 3 more days....so ready to get this over with.

Well 3 more days....so ready to get this over with.

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Glad to hear you had a good day yesterday! Hopefully today is even better for you :-)
I came down w/a stupid head cold & was afraid I may have to reschedule... called PS yesterday to advise them doc said it was ok to proceed w/surgery on Fri. (Thank God)!
It would suck for me if I had to reschedule all this anticipating is killing me!
I want the surgery behind me..I'm ready! We can do this thing!" right!? :-)
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OMG!! I am freaking out! 2 Days and this TT is...

OMG!! I am freaking out! 2 Days and this TT is going down. I went to the store today and got the rest of everything that has been on my list. Tomorrow I am making a few meals for my family to freeze so that they dont have to worry about cooking for a week. Also tomorrow my hospital bed will be delivered. I have everything I need but getting more nervous. My oldest girl (4) is going to stay with her father for the next 12 days. That is the longest I have ever spent away from her!! I DONT LIKE THAT but I know that I need the time to heal. My 1 year old will be here with my mother-in-law and husband and they will be caring for her. I also dont like that I wont be able to pick her up for a while. Theres nothing I love more than to snuggle with her :) So I guess I am ready for this. Only thing I need to figure out is my food situation. I know I need to eat low sodium but I dont want anyone to have to fix me meals. I dont know what to get????????

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Hi,

Just checking on ya! How are you doing?
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Hi there!

1 more day for us!!! Are you ready :-)
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So I made it to the flatside! I have just now been...

So I made it to the flatside! I have just now been able to get on the computer because I have been in HORRIBLE pain. I am post-op day 4 now. First day was a blur. I woke up in a lot of pain and just kept shouting pain to the nurses. They gave me 2 shots of demerol and I went home. The 2nd day was so bad I felt like I wanted to rip all my drains and catheder out. I went back to the doctor yesterday and they said everything looks good and gave me another shot of demerol and a refill on my percocet. Today I feel the best I have but it is still not good at all. Well I am going to try to eat something and will post more later.

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Sorry to hear you are a lot of pain. You probably are but make sure you take the meds on schedule. Dont wait for the pain to get bad. Are you taking muscle relaxer too?
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Post Op day 5 and feeling sooooo bad. I can not...

Post Op day 5 and feeling sooooo bad. I can not even stand up for more than 30 seconds without my back giving out on me. I am freaked out cause it doesnt look like I had any smartlipo. I look 10 times bigger than I did before! My feet are so fat! I just put up the best pic I could for now, Hope everyone is feeling better than me!!!!!!

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Hang in there, it does get better. I, just like you, did not have an easy, pain free recovery. At times I seriously questioned why I spent $10K to let someone make me feel so awful. But the pain and the swelling will subside. After about 10 days I improved dramatically. I'm now 3 weeks post op and have zero regrets with getting the surgery. Soon you will start to feel more normal and being able to see your results helps so much. I'm praying for your speedy recovery. Happy healing!
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Hey!
I was worried about you since I didn't see you had updated your page til now. The photo shows that your swollen remember we're only PO#5 so, give your body some time and I promise you'll see the results! I already see a nice little shape forming:-)
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Don't worry about not seeing your lipo results you're probably very swollen. Give yourself time to heal & in a few wks your results will just keep getting better & better. I'm sorry that you're in pain & hope your Doc can give you something to make you feel better:(
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So I am 1 week post-op. I still feel like a total...

So I am 1 week post-op. I still feel like a total mess. I have been through 2 prescriptions of percocet (80) and I am now taking vicodin. I am still draining soooooo much. I dont ever see an end to this draining. I have another appointment with the doctor on the 12th but I doubt I will even get my drains out by then. I just look and feel like a fat cow. I get up as much as I can but can only last like 1 min without having to sit down again. I am just hoping and praying this gets better soon!!!! Thank you guys for all the support!!

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I'm sorry to hear that you're having a rough start - It will get better.. for some it takes longer, just remember one day at a time and go easy on yourself! You'll see the light at the end of the tunnel soon I promise:-)
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So I feel a little better today. I am still...

So I feel a little better today. I am still draining a alot and seem to be no where close to getting these things out!! I am still taking vicodin every 4 hours. If I miss a doss I can barely move. My TT seems to be doing better but my smartlipo is a mess. Every part of my body is swollen. My feet are HUGE and I have these lumps under my arms. Not much brusing but very sore. I am sleeping in my hospital bed pretty much straight up. I dont sleep well at night because well its just uncomfortable. I am going to try to get some new pics up soon!

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You look great..I'm 10 days post op..I was feeling a lil bit down because I too have "flintstone feet" but I went to the doctor and he told me I look great and that I'm really swollen still. After looking at you I feel like a cow...I hope you start feeling better soon!
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WOW I just read all your updates, i am so sorry you are having such a rough time, I am sure it will not help because it is something I have been telling myself everyday and it doesnt really help but its what I have to hold on to.... here goes... We have Read many many peoples updates and I am sure you have found the same thing that I have, it is NOT uncommon for people to begin to FEAR that they made a hugh mistake, that they will maybe be in some kind of pain forever, that they have made their bodies look worse then before, that they waisted a ton of money on something that not only was selfish but made things worse........ BUT sometime between day 7 and day 14 they turn around.....they start talking about how they woke up and felt like a new woman, that they love what they see, that they just look better and better everyday, and then by week 8 they are saying ..this was the BEST thing I ever did, I am soooo glad I did it. ...LIKE I said that is what I keep telling myself the last coupld of days have been far better for me then they had been but tonight I took a slide backwards but, Its got to turn around... and i am still just trying to tell myself that I am swollen and that my flanks will not look like HUGE tumors on the sides of me, and that my thighs will firm in and not look like I lost 150 lbs just last month (they aint looking pretty) I also keep saying... if it really doesnt look well in a few months I will get it taken care of (i try not to think to much about that cause then I think money, pain,time, ect) guess all I am saying is your photo looks amazing! hang in there!
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VERY NICE!!!!!!! you look wonderful!
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So I had a scare the other night. I ended up in...

So I had a scare the other night. I ended up in the ER. My left leg, calf and foot started to swell out of control. It had to be 3 times the size of my other side. My foot then turned purple and I had these pains shooting up my calf. I called my DR. and they told me to go to the ER to make sure I didnt have a blood clot. Luckily they saw me right away in the ER and started all my tests. They gave me fluids and did a CT scan and an ultrsound on my leg. I was lucky and there was no clot. They have no idea why I swelled like that and didnt really give me any answers. They said as long as I didnt have a clot I would be okay. My pain is getting better but my lower back seems to be my biggest problem. I still can not stand for more than 1 min without feeling like my body is going to give. my incision looks gross and I still have both drains. I am still draining so much so I have no clue when these things are coming out. My next appointment with the Doc is Thursday and I must say I am looking foward to it considering the ER visit. I have sooooo many questions.

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What a scare I'm glad ur ok & have no clots! Seems like they should have an idea of why your leg swelled so suddenly.
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Omg CG!! That's so scary about your leg swelling. Let us know how your ps visit goes. (((hugs)))
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Oh my gosh!
That is pretty scary... so glad to know that you did not have a clot. So the ER docs had no idea as to what caused your foot to swell?? They didn't give you any indication like maybe the garment being too tight or anything?
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So I had my 2 week post-op appointment today. They...

So I had my 2 week post-op appointment today. They only took out 1 drain :( but I guess that is better than still having both. Doc seems to think I will still have this drain for at least another week!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHH Damn you drain, Damn you! Anyways good news is he said I am healing great. I still have a lot if swelling from the Smartlipo and he said that will last another 6 to 8 weeks. My TT scar looks good he said and he put this scar healing strip on it? Not sure exactly what its called. It last for 1 month and I take it off only when I get in the shower and then I put it back on. He gave me enough strips to last for 3 months. He said I still have to wear my binder as long as I have the one drain in. When I get the drain out I only have to wear my girdle. Also, he said he is not sure why my foot and leg swelled like it did??????????? I was really hoping to get answers about that. Only thing he said was I may have been getting up too much? Pain is okay still except my back. My back is really freaking killing me!!!!! They gave me a walker today and the Doc and hopefully that will help.

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Well one down one to go. A week will fly by! Hope your back feels better soon. Are you still taking any drugs?
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So today was the worst day I have had since the...

So today was the worst day I have had since the actual day of the surgery. I felt pretty good yesterday and had stopped taking my pain meds. I got the one drain out and thought things were going much better. Well I woke up this morning crying. I have not cried through this whole thing. I was in such pain I thought I was going to have to pee in bed (TMI) cause I could get up. Today was the first day I really felt pain on my insision and stomach. I felt like the bottom part of my body was going to come apart from the top part. I called the Doc back and had then call in more Vicodin and about 30 minutes after I toolk that I felt 100% better. I am thinking that yesterday was the most I have moved around and was also the first day I tried to sleep straight back. Also I am guesing the pain meds were completly out of my system and it just threw me into such bad pain. I am really freaked out now because I thought every day would just keep getting better, but today was a major set back for me.

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I understand about the setback. my TT was the june 28 and i returned to work this tuesday. Wednesday by the end of the day I was hurting so bad I must have moved to much. I left work early and came home and crashed. Also I bought a compression garment that I think was too dam tight and that didn't help!!
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Just read all your updates, I'm sorry you are having such a rough time... This is a one day at a time journey... Stay strong and keep up on your meds... Regarding your drain is better to have the drain in than getting a Seroma and getting a needle in your not so numb belly......I honestly think that what helped my recovery was the B-12 regimen I was on after my lipo....I received my last B-12 shot the day before the surgery....I hope you feel better soon... Sending positive healing vibes ur way :)
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Thank you sooooooo much for your words of encouragement!!

Today was a great day. I had my last drain taken...

Today was a great day. I had my last drain taken out! I cant tell you how much easier it is to do things without drains. Still having pain issues though. Nurse told me I shouldnt still want to take Vicodin but I do! I still cant seem to walk straight up. What is my deal????? I feel like such a big wimp. I pushed out an 8lb and a 9lb baby like it was nothing but this surgery is really sticking it to me!!

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Well today was a bad day. I just thought by this...

Well today was a bad day. I just thought by this time I would be okay. I am still in so much pain. This just doesnt feel normail. I totally regret doing this. I still have someone full time taking care of my 1 year old. I cant pick her up or put her in her crib. I miss doing just those little things. I sat in the shower today and cried for 30 mins. I am putting so much on other people and I hate doing that. I want this pain to be over. Only taking tylenol at this point because its all I have. Feels like its not doing anything. I still have to use a walker to get around. I can not walk to my kitchen without having to sit down. SOOOOOO over this.

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How are you doing?
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Hi there. I just wanted to give a little insight into how much things change as you begin to really heal. I was regretting my surgery so much the first month or so. I am very independent, so having anybody have to help me out was very difficult for me emotionally. Plus, I was very active (2 hours at the gym, every day, 7 days a week), and I would get tired just walking to the bathroom. But it does get better. I am still in the "Not sure" category- rather than saying it's not worth it, because I will need a revision because my PS decided to not make as many incisions as we had agreed upon--without consulting me on it. Now I have to go through all this crap again. Not looking forward to it.

But I'm at week 10 post op, and the difference from now to back when I was where you are is like night and day. You'll still have bad days now and tehn, but it does get better. I promise. One step at a time.
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Hope the 3rd week is easier for you:)
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Wow I can't even describe how much things have...

Wow I can't even describe how much things have turned around. I have been feeling sooooo much better. There was a point about a week ago where I thought I was going to be in pain forever and I was never going to be independent again. I am taking care of my girls now on my own. I am able to get around so much better. I still get sore after cleaning and at the end of the day but I am not taking any pain meds anymore. It took 1 month for me to realize that this was all worth it!! Even though I feel great I am still not sleeping well. I am a stomach sleeper and I am not able to lay on my stomach. I still fell like I am going to rip in half when I lay down, so I am ready for that feeling to be over. My stomach is still numb in some areas and I am also numb in some areas on my legs from the Smart Lipo. I am much more pleased with the TT results than I am the Smart Lipo. My stomach looks amazing. I was hoping my inner thighs would be slimmer but they seem the same?? I am not wearing a binder anymore and only wearing the garments that go around my thighs. The doctor told my husband he removed 10 pounds of fat. I am down to 151 now. I will add new pics soon.

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I'm only 10 days post open and I thought I would be feeling great by now, I my self have had up and down days more down than up. I'm like you were ready to be feeling better, but feel like this pain is never going away.
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Hi,

Saw your new pics, you look awesome! I hope you feel awesome too?!! :)
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Your results are AWESOME!!! Congratulations!
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