I've had 3 babies via c-section so I had the very lovely overhang as a result. I'd also lost 35lbs from my highest non-pregnant weight which left me with even more skin. I suffered with a LOT of lower back pain and a sway back which was not helped by the 4" separation of my abdominal muscles. My main goal with this surgery was to put my muscles back together so that I could play with my kids again without fear that my back was going to go out when it was so weak.
I went for my surgery November 2nd, 2009. I loved my surgeon and surgical staff, they really were fantastic. My surgery was scheduled for 10 am and I was in the surgical facility from then until 5:30 pm when I was released. My doctor was one of the few in town who used a pain pump with numbing medication for 4 days post-op which was fantastic, it really helped get me over the hump. By day 4 I was off the Percocet and on to Extra Strength Advil. I would say that the pain level was very similar to a c-section but the tightness feels really strange and that was sometimes more uncomfortable then the actual pain.
All in all I LOVE my results. I'm 4" smaller on my waist and I've lost another 3 lbs since the surgery. The only weird side effect that I've had is BURPING! Has anyone else had this???? Any time I eat I belch and burp for an hour after the meal. It's driving me CRAZY!!!
I don't have my official "after" pics yet but I'll post pics once I get them.