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51 years old - Tummy Tuck - Jacksonville, FL

I'm 51 years old and I have been considering...

I'm 51 years old and I have been considering having a tummy tuck for the past several years but never had the courage to actually do it. I have had three children,one in which was a c-section that didn't leave me with many stretch marks but an ugly stomach as well as a hernia(which I just found out I had)so on February 20,2012 I will be having a full tt with lipo and a hernia repair.

I have been very nervous and the thing that bothers me the most is when will I be able to hold my two grandson's again(ages 1&3) It will break my heart to say mimi can't hold you. I'm also wondering if maybe I'm to old to be worrying about how my stomach looks,but I would love to be able to wear a blouse tucked in, and to wear a bathing suit that looks good.

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Hi Brender...I'm 49 yrs old I did it with flying colors..no regrets...
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Thanks Wishmeluck. when did you have your tt?

Well I went for my pre-op's last week and my Dr...

Well I went for my pre-op's last week and my Dr said that my EKG wasn't abnormal but it wasn't completely normal either so I had to go for a stress test yesterday and they called me late yesterday and told me that it was perfectly normal so then I went and done my blood work so hopefully that will come back OK as well. I only have 12 more day's before my surgery and I'm praying that I don't chicken out.

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Brender, I am 70 years young and like you I had surgeries in the past and a hernia so I had my tt on Feb 2nd. I had a pain pump which I would highly recommend because it last about three days and it completely numbs the area which gives you time to get your bearing before the real pain comes roaring in and believe me when I say it will be bad. The pain pills work but make sure you are taking stool softners and if they don't work in three or four days you will have to use a suppository(mispelled). I got a walker from goodwill and it will be worth it for you because it saves your back. Make sure you have lots of support for preparing your meals,helping with your binder and drains,etc. I did not use a recliner because I wanted to be in my bedroom for more rest and privacy. As far as you grandchildren, it would be a good idea to show the older one how to give you hugs and kisses without being too close and tell them it is because you are going to have an operation. My granddaughter is two and she leans over to kiss me and understands why and that is why it is so important to be very open with them about everything and the walker helps to keep them from running up to you at times. This surgery is very serious and hard so be prepared to be out of commission for at least 6 weeks. You will read many things but my ps is one of the best and he says it is crazy to think you can be cut like this and be back and running in no time, I have many other things to share with you so if you want, just get back to me with your questions. By the way, I am 70 in age but in looks, strength and spirit, most people think I am 50......
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Virginia. Thank you so much for all your information and suggestions. I have had so many thoughts running through my head. Will I wake up from surgery, how much pain am I gonna be in, how long is it gonna take me to heal and should I even be doing this. this is some of the questions I have been asking myself. I'm sure you and everyone else has the same concerns. about my grandchildren...I'm so use to holding them but I'm telling myself that it's only for a short while and of course I will still be able to see them and give kisses and hugs. I hope that your recovery is going well and that you have the results that you were looking for. anymore info you can share with me is much appreciated. Hope I don't chicken out before next week:)
I am going to Dr. Clayman in March!
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My surgery is one week from today, WOW! where did...

My surgery is one week from today, WOW! where did the time go. I was so nervous, but for whatever reason I'm not feeling that way anymore. I'm sure it will return come Monday morning. I need to go ahead and take a before photo so I can post it with my new and improved after photo. wish me luck guy's and better yet please keep me in your prayer's.

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Well! tomorrow is the BIG DAY and I'm a nervous...

Well! tomorrow is the BIG DAY and I'm a nervous wreck! but will be glad to get this over with and on the road to recovery!!

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Brender you are never too old to feel good about yourself, and you will be fine!!! Will say a prayer for you tomorrow that all is well!!!
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Bejewelme...thank you so much for the kind words and especially for the prayer!!

Today is my second day post -op and I'm feeling...

Today is my second day post -op and I'm feeling pretty good I guess. I came off the pain meds the first night and have been taking aleve. I went for my post-op appt today and my PS said that every things looks good but he did say that I need to get up and move around more than I have been. it's just that i'm bent over so much it really hurts my back. I'm already sooo reallt to stand straight. I will post pics soon.

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Brender- I am sure it is hard but just take everything slow and do as he says try to walk even if hunched over maybe a walker would help you??? I am sure the girls who have been through it can offer some advice! Get well!!!
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thank you! may consider the walker, sounds pretty good right now!

I'm day 9 post op. I went to see my ps yesterday...

I'm day 9 post op. I went to see my ps yesterday for the second time and he removed my one drain. I'm still walking hunched over which is driving me nuts but he said this is normal because he pulled me very tight. I'm trying to walk more and more everyday as this will help with the healing process....I'm so ready to say that I'm happy I did this and have no regrets but WOW what an emotional roller coaster this has been...I knew it wasn't gonna be a walk in the park but omg.....I know that God is taking good care of me and I will be feeling better really soon....go back next monday to have my stitches removed....Happy Healing to us all!!

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Day 12 post op....With everyday that goes by I'm...

Day 12 post op....With everyday that goes by I'm getting better, standing straighter, notice I said straighter, because I'm not there yet! my ps said for me not to rush it and I want to follow his orders to a T if that's possible. I think I overdone it just a lil yesterday because I was draining just a little from my incision....I go for my third post op appt on Monday to have these stitches removed, I hope he removes all of them but not sure if he will....I'm going to order my body shaper today, I know it's not going to be comfortable but it has to be better than this binder i'm in now......really,really ready to start feeling like my self again....I hope to post before and after pictures soon,maybe when I'm standind more upright.

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Brender- mine was yesterday and man was it rough!! I cant wait for it to get better, I needed my walker I am using it!
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i did my tt last jan 20

Post op day 13...It has been a struggle for me but...

Post op day 13...It has been a struggle for me but I'm getting better everyday....I have been having some drainage from my incision but my ps said that this may happen and for me not to be alarmed if it did...but I still freaked out a lil....I go to see my ps tomorrow and hopefully have some stitches removed, at least that was the plan but now that im draining I'm not so sure he will remove them....this has been a very hard recovery for me, I don't know if it's because of the hernia repair or if I'm just a slow healer but 13 day's out and I would have expected to be getting much better but not the case for me....still sleeping in the recliner....My hubby has been taking good care of me but now he is back to work and I stay at home all day usually by myself, my sister did come stay a few days and helped me and thank God for her cause she has just had some major surgery herself....can't wait to get in the shower today, I try taking one at least every two to three day's and man do they feel good. If I ever stand straight enough to take pictures I will post them.

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Brender are you taking a muscle relaxer, OMG he called one in for me yesterday and I feel like a new woman! That was what I needed!
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I go back to my ps tomorrow and I will ask him if he will give me a muscle relaxer. I'm walking a little better today but omg my stomach is pulled so tight...I'm happy for all you ladies who could stand straight at 3-4 day's, I'm at two weeks and still having a hard time...It could be from the hernia repair..

14 day's post op....Went to see my ps surgeon...

14 day's post op....Went to see my ps surgeon today,,,,stitches were removed from my incision and belly button.... he had to put some durabond on my incision, I go back next Monday but I'm sure every thing will be fine. still not standing straight but he told me not to rush it so I'm not going to do anything he tell's me not to do. I keep feeling like I have lil lumps popping up on my stomach, he say's that's normal and for me to message them away. I have been showering from post op day 3, and oh boy do they feel good. I have a chair in the shower because standing kills my back. my ps also gave me a picture of my stomach before surgery and what he removed during surgery..WOW!!! didn't know I had so much fat in my stomach. still waiting to post picture.

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18 days po....I'm beginning to think that I should...

18 days po....I'm beginning to think that I should just rent a room at my ps's office due to the fact that I'm there every other day it seems..I'm having trouble getting my incision to close and it has had me really stressing out. he seems to think that my body may not be agreeing with the stitches so he cut a row of them out and packed me and I have to go back today to see if the packing is helping the incision close or if I'm going to have to be put to sleep and go back in and cut remaining ones out and use a different type stitch. I have been praying really hard that whatever hes doing now is working and I want have to go through that. this has been a very hard recovery for me and I find myself questioning rather I did the right thing. I feel like I'm never gonna stand straight again. I'm trying to keep myself in good spirits. my ps has a good way of calming me down and reassuring me that it's going to be ok. I feel like my cg is weighing me down, I cant stand wearing it but still afraid to put on a body shaper due to the incision issue. my ps tells me to go on with my life and dont let this set me back but it's so hard when i feel like my body can't go. It will get better and one day I will be able to say I'm glad I did this(ready for that day to be here).

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Mine are starting to come less but every now and then I can stretch out more now and I think that helps, I notice I am coming off my pillows I have propped and laying flat now, it will pass and it is normal!!!
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brender and bejewelme. I get those spasms also. It is the weirdest feeling in the world. I also try very hard to fight it but I am unable to. I don't understand it either. Is it just us??
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I get these contraction like mucles spasams in the morning, and yes I want to stretch so badly I know that feeling, yep mine is all the MR that is bothering me I keep thinking there is something is me trying to get out, LOL He assures me I am fine but darn I am sick of it!
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Dr. Mark Clayman

I was very pleased with Dr. Clayman and his staff was amazing. I wish I could remember the nurses name that took care of me cause she was awesome.

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