New pics! 1 month PO. Total hysterectomy, bladdersling, and full tummy tuck with lipo- Lexington, KY

I am a 30 year old female with PCOS and...

I am a 30 year old female with PCOS and Endometriosis. I have one child age 5 delivered by c-section. This has left me with a very pregnant looking belly. After years of infertility and severe pain and menstrual troubles, I am now scheduled to have a total hysterectomy with oophorectomy . After much discussion with DH, we decided to go ahead and get a TT with my hysterectomy. I figured it would be more convenient to do both together, it will save me some money, and I will only have to go through one recovery period and take off work once. I have a consultation scheduled with a PS on August 6th. I am so nervous/excited. I really just want to look normal in my clothes again. I am also tired of people asking me when I am due or if I am pregnant. I have been stalking the realself website for weeks now and I finally decided to put my story and pictures here as well. I will update after my consultation.

I didn't think that I would update before my...

I didn't think that I would update before my consultation, but I can't help myself! I actually splurged and bought a bikini today. Don't get me wrong, I don't expect to look like a supermodel or anything, but anything is going to be better than how I look right now. Also, I thought it would be a good look for my before and after pictures. I figure that it will be easier to compare if I am wearing the same thing. I am hoping to update my pictures weekly.

I finally have a surgery date! My procedures are...

I finally have a surgery date! My procedures are scheduled for August 29th. Let the countdown begin!

Just wanted to add some pictures in my new bikini....

Just wanted to add some pictures in my new bikini. I thought these would be better for the before and after comparison. Also, you can see that I have lost some weight since the last set!!!

Just got back from my consultation!!! I was very...

Just got back from my consultation!!! I was very happy with my PS! I had a long list of questions to ask her, and she answered them all before I even had a chance to ask. She took time to go over everything with me and make sure I understood everything. Her staff was very nice and helpful! Her before and after images were fantastic! Of course I had to put on those sexy underwear and pose for pictures! Now all I have to do is get in touch with my ob/gyn and get a date set!!!!

I have a confirmed surgery date. I will become a...

I have a confirmed surgery date. I will become a new woman on September 7th!! I am so excited even though I know that i am going to be in pain, and tired, and look like the Bride of Frankenstein for a while. I have pre-op scheduled for August 22nd where I will be measured for my compression garment and get further instructions. Now off to nest some more. So much to do, so little time!

It has been a good and bad day today. I have my...

It has been a good and bad day today. I have my weight has finally landed below the 160 lb mark for the first time in forever! I did a little happy dance in my bathroom this morning. I am trying to lose as much as I can before my tt. My original goal was to get below 160, but no I think I'm going to set a new goal of 155.

On the bad side, I am in the middle of the worst period I have ever had. My mood is horrible, the flow is terrible, and I've got so much to get done before my surgery day and none of the energy to deal with it. The good news is this is the last period I will ever have. So, I guess it's not so bad...

Come to think of it, when I wake up from surgery, I will wake to a flat tummy and no more periods!!! That's something to look forward too!

8 days to go!!! I still have so much to do and I...

8 days to go!!! I still have so much to do and I am not sure that I have enough time to do it in. I still need to shampoo my carpets and do some more cleaning. I want all of the laundry done. I am also trying to train an intern at work, so that she can do at least part of my job while I am off. Not to mention shopping for all the things that I will need post-op. At least I have the long weekend coming up to help me.

On another note, I had some testing done on my bladder last week and the results came in. It turns out that I will also have to have a bladder sling procedure for stress incontinence. I'm a little worried about how much stuff I am having done, but I know that in the long run it will be worth it. I will have no more periods, a flat tummy, and no more leaking when I cough, laugh, or sneeze!! I'm going to feel like a whole new woman....eventually!

4 days to go!!!! I am nesting worse than I did...

4 days to go!!!! I am nesting worse than I did while pregnant. I have my recovery room all set up with things I may need. I have gauze, paper tape, stool softener, kleenex, feminine wipes, chapstick, lotion, ginger ale, unsalted crackers, applesauce, and water. I also have a power strip hooked up so that I can plug in and charge my cell phone, laptop, and nook. I am still working on laundry and just getting the house super clean.

Thank God I have a wonderful support system surrounding me. My mom has made a bunch of soups and casseroles that can just be heated up, so that my husband won't have to worry about trying to cook dinner. My husband's parents are keeping my little girl for a few days while I'm in the hospital. They also plan to come and be with my husband during the surgery. I am scheduled for like 5 or 6 hours for everything, so it's nice that he will have someone to be there. And then, there is my wonderful husband: he has looked at countless pictures online with me, he has helped me get everything ready for the big day, and he just gives me tons of love and encouragement when I feel a little scared. I am so glad that I have him in my life.

I can't believe this is the last night with my big...

I can't believe this is the last night with my big floppy belly!!! I have everything taken care of. I have a wonderful support system in place. I'm going to take one more set of before pictures tonight. The next pictures I will be posting will be me on the flatside!!!!

I am in the middle of my first day post op. I am...

I am in the middle of my first day post op. I am still in the hospital (I go home tomorrow). Getting up and down to go to the restroom is miserable, but other than that, I am mostly just sore. PS said she put an extra couple of layers of stitches in my MR because it is so bad! She even asked if I had had twins.

My husband is such a sweetie. He brings me everything I need, and helps me get to the restroom and holds my drains while I pee. If that isn't love, I don't know what is!

Finally home from the hospital! I am still pretty...

Finally home from the hospital! I am still pretty sore, but definitely not in as much pain as I thought I would be. Mostly it really hurts to get up and down. I had an amazing staff taking care of me at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, KY. I couldn't have asked for any better nurses and techs. I have to schedule a post op appointment with PS for Wednesday and one for Gyn in two weeks. Both doctors seen me in the hospital and both said I was doing great!!!

Today is day 4 post-op. I am still sore, but not...

Today is day 4 post-op. I am still sore, but not nearly as much. My back hurts almost more than my tummy at this point. I can't wait until I can walk upright again. I am still hobbling a long, but I get around much faster than I did a few days ago!

I broke down and shaved my legs today! Wow did that make me feel like a whole new woman! I'm still not allowed to shower (not until the drains come out), so I just sat on the edge of the bathtub and shaved that way. I took extra care not to get wet around any of the dressings or anything. Then I put some baby lotion on my legs. They feel so nice now.

I have my first post-op appointment tomorrow with PS. I am kind of hoping to get at least one of my drains out. My output has slowed way down and now its mostly clear with a little blood in it.

Overall, I am still very happy with my results! I can't wait until the swelling goes down and I will really know what I will look like!

I just got back from my first post-op visit with...

I just got back from my first post-op visit with my PS. She said she is very happy with how things look and how well I am doing. She said she can't believe how well I am getting around! She did warn me to take it easy and don't start thinking I can do too much because I feel pretty good though. I told her my husband makes sure of that. He makes absolutely sure that I am not doing anything that I don't need to be.

My drain output has been between 20 and 30 on each side. She said she wants it to be less than 20 before we remove them, so it looks like I will have one more week with them. I don't mind. Actually, I'm a little afraid of how much it might hurt to take them out, so I was kind of glad to postpone that.

I can absolutely say without a doubt that it has been totally worth it! I am pretty swollen at this point and I still love the way I look. I can't stop looking at myself and thinking "It's Gone!!!". The recovery has been somewhat painful, but nothing I can't handle, and it's going by pretty quickly. If I had to do this all over again I would!!! So any ladies out there who are still trying to decide, I say "GO FOR IT!"

Finally made it past my first week! I actually...

Finally made it past my first week! I actually took a ride with my husband today to run some errands. If felt nice to get out of the house. We didn't do a whole lot, so it wasn't too hard on me, but it got me out for a while. I plan to try to sleep in my bed again tonight. The recliner has served me well, but I miss my tempurpedic!

As far as healing, I am doing great! The first couple of days I was disappointed that I seemed to be having a harder time with pain than a lot of the ladies that had surgery on the same day, but then I realized, that I didn't get the pain pump. Now that we are all past that stage, I am noticing that my recovery is more on par with theirs. I still get tired if I try too much and my back hurts if I walk around too much, but I am almost totally upright now! I am now at the stage where I have to remind myself, that even though I feel really well, that I just had surgery and I still really need to take it easy!

Finally made it past my first week! I actually...

Finally made it past my first week! I actually took a ride with my husband today to run some errands. If felt nice to get out of the house. We didn't do a whole lot, so it wasn't too hard on me, but it got me out for a while. I plan to try to sleep in my bed again tonight. The recliner has served me well, but I miss my tempurpedic!

As far as healing, I am doing great! The first couple of days I was disappointed that I seemed to be having a harder time with pain than a lot of the ladies that had surgery on the same day, but then I realized, that I didn't get the pain pump. Now that we are all past that stage, I am noticing that my recovery is more on par with theirs. I still get tired if I try too much and my back hurts if I walk around too much, but I am almost totally upright now! I am now at the stage where I have to remind myself, that even though I feel really well, that I just had surgery and I still really need to take it easy!

I had my second post surgery appointment with my...

I had my second post surgery appointment with my plastic surgeon today. She once again told me things are looking great. I still have some swelling, but that is to be expected at this point. I also got my both drains removed!! This was something that I was dreading worse than the surgery itself, but it turned out to be no problem. I could definitely feel the drains coming out, but there was no pain at all. It is such a relief to have those gone, it's one less hassle for me to deal with. The big news of the day is I finally got to take a shower!!!! It's amazing how one little thing can make you feel human again. It just felt so nice and so clean!

Today is officially 3 weeks po! I am walking...

Today is officially 3 weeks po! I am walking completely upright now with no problems. I am dealing with quite a bit of swelling, but who isn't at this point. I am still completely happy with my results! I am so glad that i did this. I actually enjoy trying on clothes now!!!

Wow. I can't believe it has already been a month!...

Wow. I can't believe it has already been a month! It has really been an amazing journey. I am totally in love with my new body! Now I actually enjoy shopping and buying new clothes. I got to wear one of my new outfits over the weekend to my daughter's fall festival at school. When I came out after getting ready, my husband's jaw hit the floor. He couldn't keep his eyes off of me all night! I haven't felt that beautiful in a long time!

Also, this is my second week back at work. I was a little worried about how it would go, but it turns out I was worried for nothing. It has been going great! I have noticed that I am enjoying my job more now that I have more self esteem. I just have to say that this surgery was worth every penny and much more! It has truly been life changing!
Lexington Plastic Surgeon

I was referred to Dr. Clark when I asked my OB/GYN about doing a tt with my hysterectomy. I couldn't be happier with my whole experience!! The whole staff is very friendly and helpful. The office is very clean and always smells nice. Dr. Clark is a very skilled surgeon and her work is like art! I highly recommend her to anyone who is interested in doing a tt in Lexington!!!

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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You look great! Any new pics?
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Were you off work for only 2 weeks? You look great by the way!
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Were you off work for only 2 weeks?
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You look great! I'm scheduled with Dr. Clark on October 1st and I'm so excited! How are you doing now? They say it takes several months to see the full potential but at one month you look amazing!
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Hey.... You sound like you are doing really well. I am so happy for you. Not only that....AMAZING results. You should be very proud of that new body!
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Thanks! I really am proud! I tell everyone my surgeon is an artist!
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Thanks so much to everyone for the compliments! It is so nice to feel good about myself again!!!
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Bizzette looking good in your new pics. I am glad you are happy. Isnt it nice to try on new clothes that fit! I am loving it too.
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You look amazing! Congrats!!
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Wow! You look awesome! I'm 17 days po. I'm still so swollen though. Contests!!
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OMG.....BEAUTIFUL! Your results are excellent. I only hope my results turn out that well.
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I am feeling pretty great! I still hunch over and my back hurts if I'm on my feet for very long, but I think I'm doing way better than I thought I would be at this point. I am still just so amazed at how different I look. My husband says I can't stop smiling!!!!
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You are looking great! How are you feeling?
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Thanks Cherry! You're looking pretty damn good yourself!
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Why thank you my lady! :)
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Looking good love!
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I can so relate to your postings. Congradulations on being post op and the road to recovery. Take it easy and don't over do it. You are doing so great. I had two c-sections and also had the pregnant look for the last 11 years. I joke with my husband and told him I would be happy to finally have this 11 year old baby. My husband is also very supportive and excited for me. We are blessed to have such great supportive men. Blessings to you both and best wishes on the recovery road!
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Bizzette! You just made me smile the biggest smile in my life! I can relate to everything.... getting along well, then being told to slow down because although I may be getting around well I need to sit down, to looking at myself and saying look no more creature tummy! I am so HAPPY to hear that you are doing so well I hope you continue to feel wonderul and continue to heal.

Happy cheerful healing love :)
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from the pic u look great do u have much swelling
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I actually do have quite a bit of swelling. I can't wait to see it after the swelling is gone!
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Its funny how shaving your legs can feel so go after this process:)   Just wait until you have that first shower!  Heaven.  

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Every little victory counts!!!
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Oh it sure does:)

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Thanks for sharing your experience. It was exactly what I needed. I am planning to have a hysterectomy and TT next month. Your post helped to relieve some of my anxiety. Looking forward now to surgery and getting rid of all this excess skin and huge fibroids. Thanks again for sharing.
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hope you have a good recovery
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