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Scared and Excited - Knoxville

I am a 40 year old mother of 2 teenage girls. I...

I am a 40 year old mother of 2 teenage girls. I gained >50lbs with each child losing 40lbs after each birth.I had C-sections with both. I have been a "thick"and curvy all my life. I lost 40lbs 2 years ago and have struggled to keep it off. I continue to exercise and am fairly satified with my body except for the large amount of stretch marks and a unsitely tire around my lower waist. If I gain any weight, my tire just gets bigger. It effects me every day of my life in some way and is a huge source of depression.I have cut my smoking to 2 cigarettes a day and have had a few anxiety attacks in the process. I gathered my cashiers checks today and go for my pre-op in 3 days.

Feeling guilty about the money and worried that something will go wrong and my girls will be without there mom. I am also a nurse so I have seen ALL the bad stuff! Am I crazy? Nurses can be the worst patients!!!

I am post-op day 1 now and doing well. Stayed...

I am post-op day 1 now and doing well. Stayed overnight in the hospital Surgeon required this. Thank goodness he did! IV pain meds are the BOMB!I was sent home with 5 days of antibiotics and Percocet. Started stool softners also. Appetite good. sleeping alot and getting up in between naps about every 2-3 hours to urinate and check drains(I have 2).Overall this has been better than I expected. Is very similar to C-Section as far as pain and ambulation goes. You don't want to cough, but have to keep trying to keep those lungs cleared out to keep secretions from settling in the bases and causing infection. I have been taking the pain med and then a little while later start working the lungs with deep breaths and short coughs. Not Fun! I can't express enough the absolute wonderful surgical staff from the intake receptionist to the last nurse I had. They were wonderful, attentive, empathetic and not understaffed. I spent the night in the day surgery building and had 2 nurses for 2 patients. It was like having a private duty nurse.Historically post op day 2-3 are the hardest so I am bracing myself.

I am post-op day 1 now and doing well. Stayed...

I am post-op day 1 now and doing well. Stayed overnight in the hospital Surgeon required this. Thank goodness he did! IV pain meds are the BOMB!I was sent home with 5 days of antibiotics and Percocet. Started stool softners also. Appetite good. sleeping alot and getting up in between naps about every 2-3 hours to urinate and check drains(I have 2).Overall this has been better than I expected. Is very similar to C-Section as far as pain and ambulation goes. You don't want to cough, but have to keep trying to keep those lungs cleared out to keep secretions from settling in the bases and causing infection. I have been taking the pain med and then a little while later start working the lungs with deep breaths and short coughs. Not Fun! I can't express enough the absolute wonderful surgical staff from the intake receptionist to the last nurse I had. They were wonderful, attentive, empathetic and not understaffed. I spent the night in the day surgery building and had 2 nurses for 2 patients. It was like having a private duty nurse.Historically post op day 2-3 are the hardest so I am bracing myself.

I am now at my 20 week mark. Still very happy with...

I am now at my 20 week mark. Still very happy with my results! I do have a hard, perfectly round area below my bellybutton but above my incision. Surgeon not quite sure what it is, but I return in 1 month to have it rechecked.Also what is unusual is that I have had terrible menstrual cramps in the same area. My periods were really wacked out after surgery. I had a cycle every 2 weeks for 6weeks then they slowly got back to every 21 days. So I going to my gynocologist to get that area checked out! Overall, It was worth doing.
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Chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at his hospital, mature and conservative. Found him by word of mouth because he doesn't advertise.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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are you willing to provide the name of your doctor?  I know others will ask given your happy outcome

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Hey Crazy, just wanted to say we live fairly close I just had the mommymakeover on oct19th my sisterinlaw used dr reed out of Knoxville for breast augmentation she loves his work!!are you having lipo also? most women our age have some fat in the flanks I'm 41 my post is on the mm if you want to see my before and afters pics there's also a girl jenbob she's from cleveland and she used a doc in chatt check out her pics too.. good luck!!
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I had muscle repair and tummy tuck. No lipo. My surgeon didn't recomend it for me. I am post op day 1 now. I had about 3inch seperation of the muscles and he removed approx.6.5lbs of blob from my abdomen. I used Dr.James Taylor at UT Medical Center and hw was wonderful! Unbelievable surgical staff. I am so glad I didn't go anywhere else!
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HEY CRAZY, glad your doing good you won't think your crazy when you see that new tummy you'll be glad you did it!!
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You are doing the right thing for yourself!  As a nurse I am sure you do see all of the bad stuff.   I am amazed at how many nurses are on this site...LOVE it!

As you know with any surgery there is a risk but if you are healthy and mentally ready for this you will do just fine.  Go under the TT "positive" results and read about all the good.  That will perk you up. 

You will absolutely love your body after this surgery.  It feels great to have a nice flat tummy.  I was also one that lost a large amount of weight and needed to do this for myself.  I was very depressed with my body prior to the surgery.  I am now extremely happy.

This is just the thing you need to lift your spirits.  Please let me know if you have any questions.
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You're getting close! Congrats on the weight loss. That's a big deal. I think it's great that you're doing this for yourself. And, as a nurse, I'm sure you know about quitting smoking and how that will help you recover. :)

Keep us posted, girl!

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