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I had been working out religiously and having...

I had been working out religiously and having decent results, but the tummy seemed to be going no where. After having 2 kids I just was not the same. Fortunately for me, I went to DR. Gervais' office with my mom her for one of her follow up appointments (she also had her tummy done). I asked about liposuction, but Dr. Gervais knew that I needed a tummy tuck with contouring . I was able to schedule my appt for just 1 month away! I only saw Dr. Gervais once and then one the day of my surgery is when I saw him again. He was very kind and allowed my boyfriend to be in the preop areas with me while he did the marking on my body. I was nervoud but all the staff were extremel;y pleasant. After I came out of surgery I was alreadt dressed and wrapped in my abdominal binder. I had 2 drains coming from my pubic areas and also a catheter that I was to wear at home for the first day or two. My surgery and contouring (lipo) took about 4-5 hours. I went home afterward.
Once I got home the pain set in and I was totally out of it for like 3 days. NOw I understand why they send you with a catheter. IT is HARD to get up and almost impossible unless someone helps you. 2nd day pain was worse than the 1st. On the 5th day I had a post op appt and the removed one of my drains. Very wierd feeling! The pain was still very bad for about a whole week, the second week after I got my second drain removed I started to feel much better...........to be continued..........

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After the second week I returned to work. I have a job that I stand the entire time and I think maybe I should have taken a little longer off.....Even after 2 weeks I was unable to bend over and standing was very painful on the areas that were lipo'd. I was extremely sore after working an 8 hour shift. Also if you have kids, you need to be prepared and have help available. I couldn't lift my 2 year old and that was a big deal. I was lucky that I had a lot of help, but even in the times that I did not have any help with me, it was hard. Just getting in and out of the car was difficult and that was after 3 weeks or so.I had lots of swelling My doc had me wearing the abdominal binder 24/7. I only took it off to shower. Only slept in recliner. Not gonna lie, it was alot harder than I thought it would be. At about a month and a half PO I transitioned from wearing the binder sometimes and sometimes wearing super tight "spanx" like attire.....although much easier to move around in and put clothes over, I had a lot of pain while putting them on and taking them off (going to the bathroom at work was a huge ordeal).I tried sleeping in my bed but there was no comfortable position. After 8 weeks dr told me I could go without the spanx or the binder. It was akward at first and almost a little bit painful to not wear anything at all but now at 3 months PO I feel great. I am still numb along my sides and along the insicion . I have gone down 2 pants sizes. So far I'm back to doing all the things I was prior to surgery, like going to the gym, mowing the lawn, etc. I'll continue to update with progress!
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon

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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wish you a fast recovery. pls keep posting on your progress!
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I wish you a fast recovery. Pls keep posting on your progress.
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