Day 5 Post op...woweeeeee! So happy.
- updated 5 months ago
I have always been fit but flabby in the belly and...
- 19 Feb 2013
- 4 months pre
I have always been fit but flabby in the belly and after three pregnancies with 9+ pound babies and three c sections my flab is now floppy. I call it "the Drip." I am 39, 5'6" 185 and exercise 3-4 times a week. My calorie intake could be tapered but for the most part, I have landed at this weight for several years after each pregnancy.
I very curious to know how the TT , muscle repair and lipo will compare to c section recovery which really wasn't bad. The worst part for me was the anesthesia recovery with nausea and itching.
I've have three kiddos, 7, 5, 2 and my husband is a teacher so we have decided the best time to have the TT done is during the summer when he can help with the kids full time. My parents are amazing and would help too but I'm too hesitant to tell them about elective surgery. They couldn't ever possibly comprehend why anyone would do something like this to their body. I need their physical support but emotionally I don't think they would be helpful and may possibly ask me in the midst of recovery why I would ever have done this to myself.
I'm nervous about the surgery and being under for 5.5 hours. That's a LONG time. It all seems too far away at this point but just trying to get my ducks in a row as to what is realistic with pain, helping with the kids, etc.
My PS is doing a drainless tummy tuck and as I...
- 21 Feb 2013
- 4 months pre
I had several consultations set up with plastic...
- 21 Feb 2013
- 4 months pre
Preparing for my past c sections mentally was...
- 22 Mar 2013
- 3 months pre
Less than a month until surgery. Feeling very...
- 5 May 2013
- 1 month pre
How is it possible that the surgery is only three...
- 10 May 2013
- 25 days pre
Had my preop appointment on Monday and they were...
- 15 May 2013
- 20 days pre
My dr is also having me I inject blood thinners into my thigh for 7 days after the TT to prevent clots. Did anyone else do this?
One other thing is that he will make the incision anywhere I want it. Yikes. That's a big decision. Should I go as low as possible? My c section scar is about 4 inches above the girl parts and he said he recommends 3 inches. I could use some advise in this area. I like to wear things low rise so I'm thinking the lower the better
Also as luck may have it, I was shopping at Aldi today and thy randomly had raised toilet seats with handles clearances to $15. Woo hoo!!!
My supply list for post TT surgery. Items that WILL make your life easier.
- 17 May 2013
- 17 days pre
-Memory Foam bed wedge
-Raised toilet seat
-Chux Pads for bed
-Tefla pads (these are non stick pads that are 8"X3" and absorb fluids. They were AMAZING after the c-section. SO soft and absorbent. I had never heard of them prior to the last c-section. I ordered them on Amazon)
-Pereneal instant cold packs (they hospital sent home about 30 of these after each birth and they were amazing for general use but I really liked them because they also have an absorbent component to the outside of them as opposed to a regular ice pack. I ordered them on Amazon.)
-Moist heat heating pad
-Camelback water container. I bought this for after my c-section and I loved the long hose with straw component so that when I was lying down I could still drink without spilling.
-Maidenform compression tank tops. These are a Stage 2 type garment because I will be having a drainless tummy tuck and don't need a Stage 1.
-Dry Shampoo (I get pretty oily hair so I can use this daily. I purchased the Dove brand and really love it.)
-Milk of Magnesia
-High fiber crackers and cereal
-Pill container for am/pm and dry erase marker to notate times on mirror
-pack of cheap mens white tank tops to wear during recovery
-pack of gigantic cotton granny panties for post surgery.
I will add other things before I go but this is what I already have stocked. What am I missing????
5 days post op...wow, wow, wow!!!!
- 9 Jun 2013
- 5 days post
My TT was drainless and in that regard has made PO healing easier to not have to hassle with the drains. Believe it or not but the incision is the least painful. Ranking in order if most painful to least: 1. Muscle repair hurts like a mother father. You can't cough without feeling like your internal organs will come out through your nostrils. 2. The Lipo insertion points are OUCH. That was unexpected. They are tender and on my back so I have to ice them a lot. 3. Least painful is the incision. It has tugging and pulling but that pain is totally manageable.
All in all I would definitely do this again if you can handle a few days of extreme pain and have lots of help. My swelling is at it's worst and I am in live with the results. Can't wait to put on real clothes but don't underestimate the awesomeness of the maxi dress. I live in mine. No undies necessary!
11 days PO. So thrilled I could cry!!!
- 15 Jun 2013
- 11 days post
I chose Dr. Sando in Carmel because I really liked the professionalism of his staff and also the time he took with me in the exam room. It was a beautiful facility even down to the fact that you exit out of a different door than you enter for those that have an in-office procedure done and want to remain anonymous. I also like that he is drainless. I had such a great gut feeling after the meeting that I cancelled my other appointments and he was the only surgeon that I saw.