6 weeks post op and very swollen!!! :'(

Just like everybody else I'm tired of this...

Just like everybody else I'm tired of this hanging apron! I have had it for 20 years know. I am a mother of 4 beautiful kids. My oldest 20,10,7 and 2years old. I had my first child at the very early age of 15 years old. I had other complications with my pregnancy that the doctor missed. I was unable to keep any food down. So I had to go in the hospital for regular IV's. I went from weighting 115 lbs to 216lbs at the end of my pregnancy. It turned out the the reason why I could not keep anything down was that I had a gallstones. Once I gave birth I had to have an emergency surgery to have my gallbladder removed. Well after that I lost 50lbs but my body was never the same. Them I struggle contsantly with my weight reached my highest of 292lbs. I am a very active person. I currently lost about 70lbs and decided this is the year for my tummy tuck. I am 5'6 and weight 197. I wanted to lose about 20lbs more but haven't been able to lose them. I asked my ps that I want the best results so if I needed lipo to tell me where so I can get it. He replied that I would not need it. I feel that I do in the love handles and flanks, but he says that with the muscle repair it will all fall into place and look good. I am trusting him and hopefully it will.

I have a question. Is Pineapple really good for the recovery of a tummy tuck? If yes when and how often do I have to eat it for? Also, anyother suggestions for a good and fast recovery?


Sorry forgot to mention that I am 35 years old. I...

Sorry forgot to mention that I am 35 years old. I am new to this.


Well I am still trying to figure out the posting...

Well I am still trying to figure out the posting of reviews. I am only 9 hours away from my surgery! Feeling very nervous! I am going to be staying with my mother and father for my recovery! I have two older boys that fight alot and I thank god for my husband that is willing to take of all the running around with them for a month! So that I can have the best and stress free recovery possible! I love him for the sacrifice his is doing for me! My boys play basketball, Soccer, and have music lessons which is very stress full driving around everywhere! He is also taking Care of all the house work, homework, and cooking! Since I will be at my parents home about 45 min away! Well I am going to try to get some sleep so that I won't be to tired tomorrow morning!

Well I had my surgery yesterday and I am happy I...

Well I had my surgery yesterday and I am happy I did it! I have a pain pump which is way I think my pain isn't that bad. I feel good I feel my soar then pain. I have gotten up a couple of times to walk. The doctor wants me to try to walk not just sit. Well I started out on the recliner but that only lasted about 25 minutes. I was very uncomfortable my sister and daughter helped me get into bed with pillows and I feel a lot better in this position. I have 3 big pillows supporting my back and 2 big pillows supporting my legs up. If my legs are not supported up just lying flat I feel pulling at my abs. I am on viocodin for pain and my antibiotics. Well I will keep everybody posted but like I said so far I am doing better that what I thought!

Well today is Sunday morning and I feel pretty...

Well today is Sunday morning and I feel pretty good! I drank mom yesterday evening and had my first bowel at 1:30am. I felt such a relief. I am trying to get up by myself don't know if it's to soon or not! I just dont want to get use to somebody helping me to get up everytime just in case I am left alone. well in Friday the rn told my daughter that the ps removed 10lbs of excess skin! I thought it would be about 5lbs since I have read that is about the most. Well I was surprised to hear how much he had removed! The pain is not as bad as I thought it would be. I am draining about 30cc from my right side about every six hours and 15 from the left. My first post op appt is on Thursday which hopefully by the I can get both drains and the pain pump removed! My daughter is going to clean my wound today with water, soap, and wash cloth. The rn told her to, I am a little bit worried hopefully I won't get an infection! I still have questions regarding the pineapple? I have one but have not had any! Well I will have to look on realself and find out how to take it! I also posted my pre-op pictures but I don't see them maybe I didn't do it correctly! Once I get a chance and figure out how to post my post-op pics I will! I love my ps I can see the difference with my garmet and all the tubes!


Well I feel very good today! I am moving around a...

Well I feel very good today! I am moving around a lot more. I can't still lying down all day! We called my ps and he said it's ok as long as I don't over do it! I just don't want to get any blood clots in my legs they feel stiff and are starting to hurt me! Well I missed my appt today I thought the rn told me thursday at 2 but she said Monday at 1 so that I can have the pain pump removed! So know I will go to the ps tomorrow to have it removed. Maybe I can also have both drains or maybe one removed if I'm lucky! I won't get my hopes up just in case he doesn't remove any of them! I feared for the worst the first three days, but thank god I am doing better than what I thought! I just wish the time would fly so that I can be up and around! I thought it wouldn't be that bad lying around but I am tried of it! I want out of bed already! I will try to read my book and watch tv!


Hello ttuckers, I am 5 days post-op sun to be 6...

Hello ttuckers, I am 5 days post-op sun to be 6 days in a couple of hours. Don't really know the count down exactly since its 3am! Well I went to the Ps on Tuesday afternoon and got my pain pump removed. I thought it was going to hurt but i was just a little bit uncomfortable due to first time with out my binder! Well I still have both drains and the nurse told me the longer I have them the better! If I get them out when it's not time mist likely I will get seroma or have an opening later on due to fluid retention. Will I the ride home took a toll on me. It took us 2 hours to get home during rush hour traffic! I of course felt each and every bump! When I got home at 4:30pm I took my vicotin and fell asleep for 9 hour straight! Woke up about 2 am needed to potty then went back to sleep! Today I was walking around alot trying to get tired so I would sleep at night but as you guys can see I am up! I took some pic, i am hunch back just a little. The nurse told me even if i could stand straight not to so that i can heal better! I will post as soon as I can! Well my tummy is flat but still not pretty due to my pigmentation loss! But I am very happy with my tummy!!!!! It's been 21 years since my tummy was flat again! I feel pretty good the one thing is the nightmares that I keep on having! Is anybody else experiencing this? My Dr doesn't clean the would also told me not to touch! The nurse at the hospital that discharged me told my daughter to clean the wound with a washcloth to use water and soap! I was confused and called my ps on Monday to make sure and he said don't touch until he saw my the next day! When I went in all the nurse did was rake the dressings off! She wrapped me back up in my binder and said everything was fine. Anybody else didn't clean their wound or ps clean it? Please let me know that is just a little bit scary! Well I am going to try to get some sleep! Goodnight tt!!!!

Hello ttuckers, I am 5 days post-op sun to be 6...

Hello ttuckers, I am 5 days post-op sun to be 6 days in a couple of hours. Don't really know the count down exactly since its 3am! Well I went to the Ps on Tuesday afternoon and got my pain pump removed. I thought it was going to hurt but i was just a little bit uncomfortable due to first time with out my binder! Well I still have both drains and the nurse told me the longer I have them the better! If I get them out when it's not time mist likely I will get seroma or have an opening later on due to fluid retention. Will I the ride home took a toll on me. It took us 2 hours to get home during rush hour traffic! I of course felt each and every bump! When I got home at 4:30pm I took my vicotin and fell asleep for 9 hour straight! Woke up about 2 am needed to potty then went back to sleep! Today I was walking around alot trying to get tired so I would sleep at night but as you guys can see I am up! I took some pic, i am hunch back just a little. The nurse told me even if i could stand straight not to so that i can heal better! I will post as soon as I can! Well my tummy is flat but still not pretty due to my pigmentation loss! But I am very happy with my tummy!!!!! It's been 21 years since my tummy was flat again! I feel pretty good the one thing is the nightmares that I keep on having! Is anybody else experiencing this? My Dr doesn't clean the would also told me not to touch! The nurse at the hospital that discharged me told my daughter to clean the wound with a washcloth to use water and soap! I was confused and called my ps on Monday to make sure and he said don't touch until he saw my the next day! When I went in all the nurse did was rake the dressings off! She wrapped me back up in my binder and said everything was fine. Anybody else didn't clean their wound or ps clean it? Please let me know that is just a little bit scary! Well I am going to try to get some sleep! Goodnight tt!!!!

I am 9 days post-op today! I am still feeling...

I am 9 days post-op today! I am still feeling pretty good! I have my good and bad days! I am off pain meds! It seems to be more difficult for me at night. I am having trouble sleeping, nor sure why! I itch at night have insomnia fir the last couple of nights. It worries me that I will have a set back due to lack of sleep! So what I did last night was a took 2 tylenol extra strength pm at about 2am and slept straight thru till 11:30am. Which felt great to sleep a full night! The only thing that is really bothering me besides the insomnia and itching is the burning sensation in my tummy along with the tugging feeling I am having in my hips! Also started getting muscle spasms on my tummy that doesn't hurt it just feels weird! I am walking better getting in and out of bed by myself! Also I took off the binder yesterday and saw my tummy again, it looks smaller then when I took the post-op pics! Which makes this all worth it!!!!! Good luck to all on they're upcoming tummy tucks! Good luck to all that are recovering! Hang in there because at the end it is all worth it!!!!!:)

I have been doing very good yesterday I was up...

I have been doing very good yesterday I was up from 8am and got into bed at 8:30pm! I was exhausted but felt good that I was able to do this with almost no pain! I have been off of the pain mess for awhile. Really don't want to start taking them again! If I do need to then I will. Went to see my pa today and was excited to get my right drain removed! The nurse said the left will be out in two more days! One less feels very good! I can wait 2 more days for the other one to come out! I don't want to get seroma later on and have a set back! I will keep the drain in as long as I have to! No rush!!!!! I feel that If things keep on going this way I can return back to work after Thanksgiving! I could probably go back next week but why rush things! I don't want any set back!!! Good luck to all the upcoming tummy tuck procedures and wishing all the tummy tuckers the best recovery!!!!!!!!:)

Hello ladies, I am not sure if anybody is going...

Hello ladies, I am not sure if anybody is going thru this or maybe it's only me! My husband was being so wonderful to me by taking care of our kids so that I can have the best recovery! Well the s--- hit the fan four days ago! He called me and asked how was I doing Nd I relied good. Then he asked now was I doing without him, I said well I really haven't thought about us! I have been trying to have the best recovery possible. He told me that he has been great without me and suggested that this is probably something we should think about being separate! I was thinking in my head wtf! So I said fine with me and know he is making my life a living he'll! I guess this was some stupid test and I didn't pass! Like really wtf who plays these kind of games! I guess what he wanted to hear from me was baby don't leave me! He thought wrong, he is blaming my tt for all of this! That if u would have never gotten it done, this would my be happening! Well call me strong minded but I someone's husband suggest that it's that he really doesn't want to be with you anymore! not only that but what husband would play mind games we are not teenagers we are adults I am 35 and him 37! Maybe it is his insecurities! I don't know what it is! Freaking out! Help I think am going crazy!!!!!;( So sorry to all the ladies I just
needed to vent!

Hello ladies, it has been awhile since I posted....

Hello ladies, it has been awhile since I posted. Sorry it took me so long to update you on my status. I am recovering fairly good I have to say. I thought it would be alot worst with all the stress I am dealing with at the moment! I am very swollen, almost standing straight, only get sleep if I take Tylenol pm, and getting a divorce! I went back home after the arguement I had with my husband but it did no good, all we do is argue all the time. I guess it's been something he has been dealing with awhiknolls and decided it was time to bring it up since I was so happy! well needless to say my happiness didn't last so long! I am doing very well though better than what I thought. We have been together for so long guess we were just familiar with one! You can't keep he who doesn't want to be keep! Well back to talking about my tummy! I am healing so well my scar is not that noticeable, once I get a chance will post picks! I do need to get a new garmet. The one that I have is giving me a bad rash above and below my incision. I am putting kotex all around my incision over my scar it seems to help a little bit. Does any body know of a good garment I can get? I will try to take some picks and post them once I get a chance. Wishing everybody is doing well and to the new tummy tuckers good luck on there procedures!:)

Well ladies I can't believe how quickly time is...

Well ladies I can't believe how quickly time is passing. I am 4 weeks and I will be 5 weeks this Friday! Well last week I noticed I had a little opening on my left side of my incision! But I called my ps and he told me not to worry unless I got a fever. At week three I started putting maderma on my scar. I also put a bandaide with antiobots so that it can heal. It seams to be working. I get very swollen I know that I am pushing myself a bit to much! I still need to get me a new garmet. I will be posting some pictures that I took yesterday. You will also see the bad scars that the garmet has left me! Sorry in advance for any typos or writing errors. U am very tired and am writing at the same time. Hopefully I won't say anything bad. Otherwise everything is pretty good for me!

Hello ladies, I hope all of you are recovering...

Hello ladies, I hope all of you are recovering Well and to the ones with upcoming procedures I wish you the best! I am 6 weeks today. I am very happy with my results, still haven't purchased a new garmet. Hopefully will do that tomorrow. Well ladies the only thing that I hate about the tummy tuck is the swelling afterwards! I am so swollen it is depressing me. I was able to wear a pair if my jeans yesterday, they fit fine a little bit snug. I was out all day got home about 8pm , got the boys ready for bed. I didn't lay down until 2am and got back up this morning at 6:45am. I was so disappointed this morning that I had to go back to joggers. I guess I didn't let my body rest enough that is why I woke up swollen. The swelling is at it's worst today! When I set down I feel the rolls bulging out I HATE IT! I am going to have a arnica tea which hopefully will help with the swelling. Otherwise everything else is good I guess. The small opening that I had is almost all closed up. My incision looks good. I want to start the scar therapy with te wraps. I just got to go online I heard it was a bit pricey for the silicone wraps but worth it! Does anybody have any suggestions on how to get the swelling down. I am up 10 lbs in one day who goes ip 10 lbs in one day? So sorry ladies that I am nagging so much! I am just so upset about this. I still don't regret getting a tt! I love my new tummy, just hate the swelling. Also, I am so sorry that I haven't posted any new pics but I have a iPhone and I can't download them. Kimmers would normally help me post pics, but she is on vacation( good for her). She gets back sometime next week. I just don't want to put pic on my laptop and have my kids looking at them. Well goodnight and hopefully tomorrow will be a better day!
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Davidgirl- I'm at 5 weeks and still can barely button my pre surgery jeans. I am tired of being swollen. So your last update you were at 6 weeks- how do you feel now?
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Girl..u look great! I had a tummy tuck 3 weeks ago and I still have anxiety attacks trying to take a shower. I think I google every little thing that I think it's wrong. I am still swollen above my incision below my belly. Augh! I want this to hurry up and recover
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You are probably just overdoing it a bit and that is why you are having so much swelling. You are still healing emotionally and physically. You've been through a lot in short period of time. Swelling is normal and it just sucks to go through. I watched my sodium intake and still do even at almost 18 weeks. I can get away with a little but usually can tell as soon as I eat something w/ too much sodium. I stay far away from soup cause it is loaded with it.

Can't wait to see the new pics! I can't post from my iphone either. I have to email them to my computer and save them there and then upload them. I understand about not wanting them on your computer for the kids to see. Mine are older so I don't have that worry.

Hang in there! You are doing great!!
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Davidgirl I'm happy to hear things are going better for you! You really had a ROUGH time emotionally :(
You sound like a very strong woman & you're going to do just fine-your po pics look really great! I'm not looking forward to the 'swell hell' myself but just know that it will end! Stay Strong! :)
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Just stopping by to check on you, I hope your hanging in there. I got a spanx but they are pretty pricey
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Flmommy, thank u for checking in on me! I am hanging in, am very swollen not sure if I am over doing it or need a new garmet my old one fits a little bit to big. I think I will go buy a spanx tomorrow.
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You're doing good, davidgirl!!
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My thoughts are with you. I pray for a speedy recovery for you and the strength to pull you and your kids thru all this!!! What an ass..... Like he couldn't Have held his tongue a little longer... Please. Men are so weak
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Wow! So sorry to hear about Ur divorce. At least u
Got a tt before this happened. I was married 21 yrs & my x hubby never wanted me to have a tt. Now that I've been divorced 3 yrs I'm
Gtn one! So I'm so excited! Mine is feb 2. I wish u the best w/ everything Ur having to deal with.
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Mommy73, congratulations on your upcoming tt! I am very happy with mine! I don't regret getting it done at all! My husband is not leaving me due to the tt. I had his support 100%. he has been feeling this way for a while just didn't know how to approach the conversation. This definitely wasn't the best time, but what is done is done. You will be very happy with ur results! Good luck! :)
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Davidgirl, I'm so sorry about your divorce. I can't get over his timing. What a pain in the @$$. Thank goodness you're healing well, have had no issues with the healing, and are dealing with what's going on better than expected. I was thinking about it a bit, and it's a good thing you had this done. When the healing is all finished, you are going to really, really like the way you look.

With me still being in the pre-TT category, I can only imagine (and long for) what it must be like to be rid of my belly, and the thought of it is nothing but good. I have a sense that eventually you will be struck with a very good feeling about having had the TT, which will cause you to change your life - for the better! Also, remember that the sun eventually does come up.
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Kathe, thanks for all the support! In reality there is nothing that u can do about my marriage. It is his decision I really can't do anything about it but respect his wishes. These last few days have been a living hell for me. I have to let go before it get way to out of hand and my kids get hurt. I Am actually very surprised at how well my body is recovering! I am pretty sure once I stop thinking about my marriage, I will some how have to deal with the stress i have put on my body sooner or later! Keep me posted on your date for your tt, you are going to look fabulous and love it!
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David~ So sorry about what your husband said. That had to really hurt emotionally and physically especially since you are recovering from a demanding surgery. Wish I had the answer for you. He could be feeling insecure and maybe even threatened of your new look. Who knows what is going on in his head? Hang in there and try to focus on the good things. I'm not sure how you don't address this at the moment as that will also cause all kinds of tension & stress in your house and the kids will feel that also. Perhaps it is time to go talk to someone professionally. It just sucks that you have to deal with all of this junk right now!
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Wow! What a shock that had to b for u! I'm sure Ur getting a cold
Because the stress has lowered Ur immune system. He picked a really bad time to bring this up. I wish he would have waited till u were all healed up at least. I'll b praying u heal & things go well for u.
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Mommy73, thank u!!!
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Have y'all had any trouble in the past or is this all new?
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Mommy73, we have had our share of ups and downs! I just feel that this time it's out of the blue! When I told him I wanted a tt he supported me 100%. He was always asking when I was going to get it done. When I almost backed out due to no help with taking my boys to school and their sport activities he stepped up and told me to go ahead with my surgery! That I should stay at my parents house so I wouldn't be stressed out and have the best recovery possible! He would handle the boys, house, and everything else. I just didn't see this coming!
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My hubby did a freak out the night of my surgery. I wonder if it's bc they don't handle stress so well. Who knows, but it's really bad timing and I feel heartbroken for you. Hang in there and focus on your recovery. There will be time to deal with hubby in the future.
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Crissy4024, thank you I am planning on letting this wait until I am better!
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Sounds to me like he is feeling insecure and needs a little reassurance that with your physical change your heart wont change along with it. I agree that it is the wrong way for him to go about it but remember, dealing with a man is like dealing with a child....they dont always know how to express the way they feel especially when it comes to feeling insecure. I hope things get better for you.
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Shalia, thank you! It is his insecurities, he sees how happy I am with my results and he has started to worry! But, we have been together for so many years I just wonder if he saw that I am happy and decided to relate to me his true feelings! So confused but, I really don't want to stress over it to much cuz I know I will have a set back on my recovery! I already feel it, everything was going so good. My energy level was up I was going out to the stores walking straight! Now I am in pain abs are really hurting tylenol doesn't help! I am hunch over again! The icing on the cake is I believe I am getting a cold! I know I can't let myself get depressed! That is why I mad the decision not to argue if he want to move on with his life then go!
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My gosh, davidgirl, I'm sorry! Sheesh, at a time like this too. Take a really deep breath, and remember that right now you have a DUTY to help your healing. That's your duty right now. You must help your healing along until you're fully healed. I know that's so easy for me to say, but your body is depending on you. Do you have friends or family around that you can talk to? That always helps me a bit. Once you have healed from this surgery (which is a wonderful thing you have done for yourself, because you are going to be one incredibly sexy momma after you're all healed), you can deal with your husband's insanity and stupidity. (Pardon me for saying that, but that's just the way I see it). So basically, healing should be #1 right now on your list. That, and keeping calm, calm, calm, however you can manage that. (Yeah, like that's easy, huh)? (sigh)
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Kathe, thank you for the support! He is behaving very childish, he just wants some attention that at the moment I am unable to attend to! I really dont have the energy to put up a fight so he picked the worst time to have one!
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Wow! I'm so sorry about Ur husband! That seems very selfish of him to do this & put this stress on u while u r trying to recover.
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Mommy73, thank you for the support! It is a lot of stress to deal with when you are on the road to recovery! I am not paying any attention to him at the moment!
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