Ready or Not Here I Come...Any Good Advice Ill Take It - Murfreesboro, TN

Hello I am a 27 year old female and I am also...

hello I am a 27 year old female and I am also battling the Apron stomach.. I have been approved for the panniculectomy scheduled Nov. 4th im Excited because now my weight is in my own hands from here on out and I can maintain it but im nervous because I dont know what to expect... im ready to go for it ive prayed on it now its getting closer and I really want some good advice from people who have had it and people who are having it done what are yourfeelings is it what you expected and are you happy u done it

update

4 more days and its going down im excited to have this just gonna keep praying for a safe surgery and recovery

Today is the Day

Hours away from the surgery. Im still having a calming spirit my nerves are settled and im just ready.. keep praying forme as I will for all you ladies... I will update later

3 days post op

I was in the hospital for 2 days.. I woke up and I was excited about the results.. still very swollen and very sore I do have staples that has to be removed and I also have two drains which I go have removed next Tuesday... my stomach itches and I feel a lot of pain but I just take my medicine and zone out.. I just keep falling asleep but it's better than hurting... also I've been sleeping in my big chair with like a pad under me the big ones. I have to use the umm spirometer to help me with my breathing because my garmin is so tight that I'm not really takin deep breaths.. and it's also to help reduce getting pneumonia.. speaking of pneumonia I was also offered a pneumonia shot and the flu shot I refused them. I have a cough that started after surgery and it really hurts everytime i cough so I have a pillow that I put on top of my stomach and I hold down all in all this surgery was definitely worth it just waiting to see my final results after all the swelling has gone down. but I will start walking here soon ....how are all the rest of you ladies doing have you started working out what kind of exercises do you do and when you got out of the hospital after surgery what did you eat

day after

not much of a difference because im really swollen right now and I don't like this feeling.. also having problems with using the bathroom very constipated... Please help its been a week now im miserable... staples come out tuesday in sections.. painful... ill update more later

still miserable but Glad I done it

still in pain on meds and now I have a foul smell coming from my incision.. I still have problems with swelling and using the bathroom... Dr. says if im not going by tuesday he is going to go thru drastic measures as well as with swelling ive only had 7 staples come out sad...

surgery update

Well today I went to the Dr. and we are still trying to take staples out and after today its official going back in surgery to have them removed to much pain involved to get them out... other than that finally using the bathroom and altho im still swollen and have pain but im ready for the gym so I can shed more pounds... Be Blessed

Staples out Monday the 9th

I get my staples surgically removed on monday... Please just keep me in your prayers...

before pics

Here are some before pics sorry

before

Before pics sorry

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1 month and a half update

well I went to the doctor on Thursday and the nurse checked me out I have a scar under my stomach from where i thought may have been a staple left in but it turned out to be an abscess and now I have a large bruise type scar in that area.. I was given hibicleanse soap to clean the area where with and also back on antibiotics. As far as swelling goes it is still a major problem the nurse told me that I will still be swollen for some time that what I see is all swelling she asked the doctor was there anything that they could do to help speed up the swelling process and he told her no because they took so much off and also had to remove a lot of scar tissue that I was going to be slow and healing so on the brighter side of things I'm OK still sore but maintaining and I am blessed to have my son and my boyfriend here to help...still praying for all you ladies that have had the surgery and are planning on having the surgery best of wishes to you all I really like how were able to communicate about the surgery it makes things so much easier but in the meantime be blessed because I know I will be

a little down

Hello ladies well I just wanted to make a quick update..... well I am 2 months post op and so far guess it's my emotions causing me to be down. .. I'm not happy with my results I wish I could have done a tt instead of a panni.. I see no results and just more pain and alot of abscesses keep coming up in miserable and feel horrible.. guess I'll express this to the dr on Thursday. ... Other than that pray for me please I need it. . Maybe these tears will stop

photo update

Just a few pics. No change

update

Well I'm off to the dr tomorrow for a follow up not healing nor feeling to well but I'm happy anyways life is great and my family is amazing couldn't ask for more but I am tired of being in pain already

pain

well as you all know I have been going through a little bit with my surgery but I go back to the doctor on Tuesday and my primary care doctor told me that I should ask my surgeon is he would do a revision surgery simply because my surgery was not done like everyone else isI guess because I have scar tissue and right now my stomach is o unn even and I have scar under my stomach but I'm praying that he will agree to it and hopefully if he does then I will be able to have the surgery done again please pray for me and keep me in your thoughts and I would do the same for you
Nashville Plastic Surgeon

love my dr. he has really been helpful as well as his staff very loyal n respectful like family

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Dr Martin will do my surgery on March 7. I hope you get better soon and my prayers are with you
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Really what are u having done? He is an amazing dr I love him and his staff they treat you very well there.. I've been a patient since 2010 I want to say and I couldn't be more happier.. I'm just hoping he will revise my panni
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I having a full tummy tuck with lipo.
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Wow amazing... sorry to be nosey but did it cost alot?
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You're not being nosey this is what the site is for. Everything is 5800 thats with future apts.
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Wow that's really good wish I could do it. That's what I wanted but my insurance won't cover a total tummy tuck but even the panniculectomy is close to it if it's done right. .. are you doing it for health reasons or just to tighten your core
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Ya my insurance denied me for a panniculectomy so im just paying out of pocket. I had gastric sleeve in 2012 and I have a lot of skin.
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Oh ok congrats on the weight loss.. I'm feel I have lost some weight but as far as mine went I'm still having problems so I go see dr. Martin tuesday and see what he thinks can happen. .. I'm praying he will say ok but if not I'll be ok
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Ya hopefully because he's really easy to get alone with. He should do it again. Im also on a 30 carb a day diet until surgery.
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What kind of foods does that include? I just started juicing a week ago and I live on the 3rd floor of my apartment so I have my exercise and I bake all my meats I really want this weight off I'm Startingto get depressed fast
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Im eating veggies, fruit, meat, and no more than one carb in a meal usually dinner.
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I hate that you are still in so much pain and not healing well at 3 months post op. I hope you start feeling better soon. Do they know why you aren't healing good?
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Hi loriw78 I went to the dr. Today and he said that because my left side was delayed in healing and I also just found out the reason I'm having so much pain is because I have a stitch coming thru. ... and it is uncomfortable. .. praying for better days to come he said in two months we will meet up again because my left side is still hanging lower than my right side
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I pray that within those two months Jesus will touch you and free you from any pain and complete the healing process. He is able!
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Thank you for those words
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You are quiet how are you? Please check out the Squeem vest. It is working wonders for my swelling. Help reduce inches as well
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Hi faith I'm doing OK I must say I've been blessed I'm moving in a few weeks so I'm excited.. and you look amazing shall I say... How much are the vest? And I went to the dr. On Thursday and we'll I got some upsetting news he didn't take off as much fat as he could have done but it was for my own good. Still no release to work and no gym either guess I'm going to start walking in the morning and shakes for lunch dinner and breakfast got to get my weight off... well mrs. Faith how are you doing love..
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Don't claim that news to be upsetting! It was a blessing that God put in in great hands if a surgeon that put YOUR health first. Some surgeons are greedy for money that the end results us death. You keep on press on with your weight. I too will loose with you. I still have my drain in after 6 weeks. I just praise God that it was doing what it suppose to...To drain!. We will get the approval to exercise soon. Until then we must continue to press on!
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Yes you are right... like you said in a earlier post this too shall pass... you know I'm glad he honored my health I lost my mom almost 4 years ago because a Dr didn't care enough to check her heart out first before doing her surgery and she passed away from being in congested heart failure having a defibrillator and pace maker put in... so yes I'm glad he cared for me... I am going to press on going to work hard at home a get it off just by keeping the meals small and the exercising limited.. by June I claim I'll be down 50 lbs the safe way... hope you get that drain out soon is it draining how he wanted it too?
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Yes it is draining around 30 to 40 ml a day. It will be pulled on Thursday.
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Also please get the Squeem vest. Go to amazon to check it out.
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This too shall pass. Trouble doesn't last always. I truly understand how difficult this process can be. We must keep pushing on. Cry if you feel like crying. Then dry them tears up and start making a plan to get that stomach flat. Once you are healed, hit the gym or watch your carbs/calories. Make some lemonade out of them lemons.. We can do this..Yes we can.. God is so merciful.
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Good morning! I am sorry that you are feeling the way you are and I can relate. I have all of these people telling me how good I look and most days I just don't see it. I am glad that the panni is gone, but I still feel so fat and bloated (and I know it isn't still swelling). When I look at my body in the mirror I almost feel like I have been butchered (although I don't blame my PS, he did good work). I was actually in the clothing section of WalMart Saturday night crying. Yes I can wear jeans now and maybe a smaller size pants and my shirts don't have to be as long, but I am so self conscious about my clothes being tight around my upper stomach. I knew this journey would affect me emotionally before it was all over with and it has now begun. I pray that God will bless us both with peace within.
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Thank you mrs.lori it's just hard to deal with now.. I look at my self and I get so upset But I'm just emotional wish it would soon be over it seems like everytime I go to the dr I ask am I still swollen or is this it I'm constantly looking for clothes that are bigger to hide or just don't go out I feel and look like I'm pregnant. . I just hate it right now and I look at other pics of women who have had it and they look amazing they have no belly and just look happy like I said I wish I could have had a total tummy tuck... Thank you again I pray for you as well as you pray for me... be blessed
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Glad you are doing well. I wish I knew how much of mine was swelling. I go back next Thursday for another post-op visit, so I may ask just to know.
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