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Full Abdominoplasty with Lipo to Flanks and Exparel - Mandeville, LA

I am scheduled for surgery in one week. Very...

I am scheduled for surgery in one week. Very nervous and excited. I am 38 and have 3 children- 20,17,12. I haven't been happy with my abdomen since I was 17. I gained 60+ pounds with each pregnancy and managed to lose back to my ideal wt range each time. I am sick of seeing a stretch marked, hail damaged kangaroo pouch.
Surgery is scheduled for October 16th. I will post all pics post op.
Any valuable advice would be greatly appreciated.
FYI... I only took a week off.

Pre

Pre

Pod4

Still plenty of swelling. Some blistering as well. Rx to tape

Flank lipo

The "extra" me

Exparel

I can not say if the Exparel was worth it or if I am just a wimp. I can only say that this surgery was truly painful and you need support. I lacked support a few times and am surprised that I lived!
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Surgery went well. I am able to get around w assistance. Pretty significant muscle spasms and incisional pain despite Exparel. I have awakened every 2 hours alternating ambulation, potty trips, and water with taking 1-7.5mg Percocet. I will be emptying my drains soon and showering. Hope to feel well enough to send pics.
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Hope you are feeling well. I am on my 5th day dost op and getting along rather well. Off pain meds and and moving better. Starting to cough today that real really feels awful. My biggest issue is the discomfort that I have from my tummy feeling llke it has turned to stone. I guess that is just the swelling. h
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5 days postoperative and finally moving around well. Incisional pain was first to abate. Muscular repair and post lipo are still severe at times. Valium at bedtime has been a lifesaver. I took my last pain pill this morning can not go without muscle relaxant just yet. Here's a few photos. Drains come out tomorrow. Good bit of swelling remains as to be expected.
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Thanks to everyone for the well wishes. Tomorrow is the big day and I am very nervous. I have hand picked my operating crew and pray that they are all looking out for me. I am also hoping Exparel lives up to all of the hype. Being a healthcare provider is not helping my nerves one bit.
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Good luck tomorrow ! We are both doing this together ! Keep us posted on how you are doing !!
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I am happy that I am not alone. I am scheduled for 0830. Full TT with LP to the flanks. Keep in touch! I hope to be awake, alert, and moving tomorrow evening... all thanks to Exparel. HAHA! I HOPE.
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I am scheduled for the 16th as well. My kids are 22,20 and 18. I have waited a long time to finally do this. I am having the same but with pain pump instead. Keep me posted as to how you are coming along !
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Lots of pillows, is what I tell everyone. You can put them everywhere to make you feel a little better. Let anyone and everyone wait on you. You need rest so much, so your body can heal. Take care.
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I completely understand how you feel; I felt like my belly was some foreign object that made a home for itself on my body! If you are getting a full TT I hope you can take a little more time off if at all possible. I know everyone heals at their own rate, but seems a lot of people need 2 weeks to fully get back into it. I took 1 week off and worked from home the second and was fine (but I had more of a mini TT). Take care of yourself and best of luck!!
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Good luck!!
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Good luck!!
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