Today is TWO WEEKS! I can't believe it! I feel awesome! I am sooooo over the moon happy I was able to have this surgery! OMG!!!! Thrilled!!!!
I still need a little help with the kiddos (thanks, husband!) but if I didn't have two toddlers, I'd be on the roll. In all honestly, I *probably* wouldn't yet be ready to sit at a desk for hours on end…but I could probably do it. I don't have to go back to work but I thought I'd throw that in for anyone reading this that might be wondering how long one may need off work. I would guess three weeks would be perfect but the longer the vacation the better, I always say! :)
RE: PAIN! In summary, the first week was Hell on Earth...especially those first five days! After that, every day gets way better! THE WORST PART BY FAR was the back and bootie soreness from having to stay in the same position alllllll the tiiiimmmme for dayssss on enddd. I WAY over-estimated how bad the tummy would hurt and I WAYYY under-estimated how bad the lipo (sides and back) hurt and how bad my back/butt would hurt after sitting/laying on them constantly.
RE: DRUGS! I stayed in the hospital for two nights and during that time, occasionally had morphine and ALWAYS had Vicadin every four hours. I stopped taking Vicadin on the afternoon of Day 3 and started with two Advil every 4-8 hours. I would say by Day 7 or so, I had stopped taking Advil.
RE: ITEMS! DO NOT COME BACK TO YOUR HOUSE WITHOUT A WALKER, A SHOWER SEAT AND A LIFT CHAIR. Those things are CRITICAL FOR THE FIRST FEW DAYS. You may think, “Ahhh it’s only a few days, I can make it.” Trust me, it’s nota good plan. LOL. Also, DO NOT PLAN ON BEING EVEN REMOTELY COMFORTABLE without tons of pillows and as previously discussed, butt donut ?
RE: SUPPLEMENTS! I am sure I have my personal trainer to thank for her strict regime of healing supplements. I am normally not good (AT ALL!!!) at taking these types of things!! I told her in this case, however, I would take whatever she wanted me to take. I will post more on that later, in case anyone is interested.
I thought I should first post more about Dr. Bayne for anyone in my area considering doctors. Or, even if you aren't in the area, you can see the difference from one doctor to another and how important it is to find what works for YOU!
LOVE BAYNE! Prior to meeting with him, I met with two other surgeons in the area. If you'd like to know who, please private message me.
Surgeon A was great, gorgeous office. He does all of his surgeries "in office." I wanted to be in a real hospital and stay overnight for a TT! My friend had a TT from Surgeon A and loved being able to go home and loved her results. I personally felt safer in a hospital environment, so Surgeon A was out.
Surgeon B did a BEAUTIFUL job on one of my BFF's (mommy makeover) and has good bedside manner, very knowledgeable, very positive. He performs the surgeries at an okay-ish hospital in our area. I'm kind of a brand whore so I need it to be top notch from start to finish. Not: beautiful office but meet me a few towns over in one of the smallest hospitals in the area. I am sure it would have been fine but my friend and her husband told me the nurses at the hospital were HORRIBLE TO HER and one of them was even really snappy and told her, "You did this to yourself," as she was trying to help her to the bathroom when she was upset because she was in so much pain. No thanks.
Met with Bayne and instantly LOVED HIM. I had so many recommendations and everyone who mentioned him to me was gushing over his greatness! The only negative thing I can say about the entire place is that his surgery scheduling and payment manager is not very friendly...at all. Be nice to people spending serious cash at your place of employment (i.e. over $10,000 for an elective surgery)..it’s not that hard to do. When I called back (as instructed) to ask about dates, fortunately she was on vacation and I did my official booking with Bayne’s fabulous nurse, Lisa. SHE IS SOOOO sweet AND HAPPY. Reminded me I was doing the right thing, would be so thrilled, would survive, would love my results, etc! I don’t think his scheduling manager should be let go or anything, maybe just reminded how the full-service luxury business works. It should be seamless and pleasant, especially the payment part of it all.
Moving on! Other than that little issue, my experience and most importantly, the RESULTS have been seriously AMAZING! He is very realistic, super nice, very trustworthy and has a dry sense of humor that I find to be HILARIOUS! You can't NOT love him. He says funny things like when I was there to remove my drain, I said, “Oh God, is this going to hurt?” He said, “It’s not going to hurt me a bit.” HAHA. I think that type of humor and bedside manner really lightens the mood. I love him!
Other things I’ve noticed about Bayne compared to the other two doctors I visited AND the details I’ve received from all of the RealSelf reviews I’ve read…
Bayne’s rules for surgery are VERY LAID BACK and they office staff promotes keeping things simple, too. I was appreciative! His rules were the obvious: no Advil two weeks before, no alcohol two weeks before, no smoking (not an issue for me), no food/water after midnight the night before surgery, start showering with anti-bacterial body wash (I used Dial Body Wash…yuck) two weeks before, start showering with Hibiclens 48 hours before, buy a pair of Spanx. They mentioned no bra for two months (I had a breast lift and kept my current implants). You know they know we all google everything else we will need. I am so thankful for RealSelf though because I was able to build my stockpile of everything I also needed for recovery.
Bayne uses surgical glue, not stitches or surgical tape or steri strips. LOVE THIS.
I had one drain, right above my underwear line. It had one stitch in it. I am small (4'11") so he mentioned he only did one drain but normally does two drains.
I had to do a liquid diet for the entire day of surgery. I was happy about this and was scared to eat and get bloated/constipated/throw up/all the other things mentioned on here. I was paranoid of how bad it would hurt my tummy to do any of those things. I can see how that might bother some people since I really didn’t eat the day before surgery either but I was glad I didn’t have to eat solids until the following day.
My binder is an elastic band with Velcro on it. Very comfortable and doesn’t bother me at all. I compare this to some of the other compression garments and binders described on here and I thank the lord for Bayne’s little elastic binder! Ha!
Starting with 1 Day Post, I was SUPPOSED to take a shower every day. I knew none of this in advance but it was an AWESOME perk. They just said to pat my incisions with a soapy washcloth and then pat them dry. I’m a major shower hound. I CANNOT IMAGINE not showering every day! I felt SOOOO much better after my showers and normally I took two per day. I see tons of reviews on here mentioning their PS wouldn’t allow them to shower with drains in and/or take their compression garments off to shower. Oh God. I couldn’t deal. My friend who went to Surgeon B, mentioned above, didn’t shower for 21 days post and she said it was absolutely HORRIBLE and the worst thing ever. Granted, she had four drains. Yikes! She is tiny too so I can’t imagine having four drains.
OK, I think this may be all I have for now!! I know this was a lot but when I was reading tons of reviews preparing for my surgery, the more details the better! :)
Love to you all!!