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

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Thank you good luck to you as well
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Good luck.
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I had it done sept. 16 this yr, along with breast reduction...all i can say is i would do it aill over again..make sure you have someone there to help you. The first two weeks were uncomfortable and really hard to sleep (due to that im a side sleeper). But its temporary, im six weeks ago and when i saw myself for first time, i felt like i could of run thru hospital naked, just because all the sag was gone..it has really helped with my self esteem plus no back or shoulder pains...believe me its life changing.
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update

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

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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

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Wishing you a speedy recovery.
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Good vibes going to you.

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

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The coughing is from the ant. I recommend hot tea, it helps out a lot. Also, just walking short distances helps. When I got out of the hospital I was craving, pizza since I am gluten free I made my own crust. I was so happy. Later got in trobule with dr for doing to much, but it was worth it. Hope youfeel better
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the person I got in trouble with was my aunt .... she does not want me to do anything my boyfriend is the same way.. hot tea sounds like a plan I have been wanting a salad since I got home I've had one and I want another one.... thank you shell408 I really appreciate you comments... how are you enjoying your new look has the swelling gone down any... are you taking baths yet or a shower only... do you itch under your garment.... you have a blessed day and I am glad that you are better I
No shower allowed until all drains have been out for 24 hours. I still have 2 drains. If you are itchy use a bag of frozen peas. I have a home nurse coming daily to change my dressings. I still have swelling. Did your Dr tell you how much he removed? I am still waiting but I know it was 2.5 ft of skin

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

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I had alot of problems with the binder..i went on line and purchased a breathable one i think it was like 27 bux. I got to take shower the next morning with drains in. You are not suppose to soak in any water until everything is healed up..as in no scabs. For the itching i would wear a tank top and put binder over it, so it didnt bother my skin.

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...

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How are you?
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hi faith35 thank you for asking honestly I haven't been doing so good but I'm still blessed and thankful I was able to experience the surgery.. I am still really swollen I still have my staples in they have a really really bad odor coming from them regardless of how much are clean them and I'm still sore but all in all in the end I just pray for the good results... how are you doing not very long before your surgery huh
What did your surgeon say about the odor?

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

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You have to have surgery to have staples removed? Best of luck. I got back to gym Thursday morning, so excited
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yes they are scheduling me now so ill know when in a few days... im ready for them to come out cant stand the pain associated with them... they have beenin a month as of tomorrow yaay me... im ready to start working out... has any of your swelling come off?
I had to.sleep with my binder and this morning I had a lot of pressure. I still have sweelimg. My husband is happy we got the all clear to resume all activity,

Staples out Monday the 9th

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

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Did you post a before picture?
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Omg I thought I did lol I will post them sorry
Bless your heart! You have had a rough journey, but it will be worth it in the end. I am just 12 days post op.
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Here are some before pics sorry

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How did the staple removal go?
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Hey shell408 it went well I was heavily sedated so I did not have any pain besides now I have a few fluid filled abscesses on my tummy but I see my ps on Thursday and he can fix it because it hurts like hell trying to stay positive
How far are you away from pigeon Forge? I LOVE that area.
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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

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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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You can pretty much feel it.. feels like water weight or so it does me.. but your still freshly out so u still have about 5 months of swelling I asked was that what I was going to look like she said no because they pulled and tugged and stuff I still have alot that will go down said my muscles are still "pissed off" and have to relax and simmer down but ive had 3 operations there a c-section, and wide excision of hidradenitis where I was cut from hip to hip 2 yrs ago and then this one I had alot of scar tissue that had to be taken out feels better but im still in pain from this surgery I actually go to a pain clinic to manage pain. But all in all im just waiting on the end result.. havent worked out yet and was also informed I cant go back to work until the 1st of feb. Because my skin is really thin and will easily rip open...
Oh wow. Did they do any muscle work or are your muscles just mad because they were pulled and tugged on? I have had 3 c-sections and had some scar tissue but don't think it was a lot. I couldn't imagine staying out of work that long. I barely had enough vacation time to stay out the 2.5 weeks that I did; and I don't have short term disability to help pay. I'm sorry you have so much pain but glad it is manageable.

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

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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..
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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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

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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
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!

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

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Hello , have you had any luck with getting your revision?
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Hey lady no not yet I went in to see the dr on the 4th of this month and she only checked my scar I guess she didn't remember it was for my revision.. but I go back in a month for her to make a decision. .. keep praying for me
I will definitely keep praying for you. This time ask the PS do they reposition ur navel because that will give u more benefit with the panni. Good luck
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