This time last week I was in the hospital recovery room. My Tummy Tuck took about 3 hours. I am actually doing very well. The Surgeon that did mine has learned a method that does not use drains. So I am very thankful that I didnt have to worry about those. The only problem I have is that the anesthetic always makes me sick, so I woke up vomitting as usual, even though they did give me anti-nausea meds. The second day after my surgery I did have a low grade fever. They told me that it is normal. But since I am a massage therapist and lean toward more natural ways of healing, I tried to do without my pain meds that day.. NOT a good idea. It hurt so bad to just breathe! As soon as I started taking the pain meds again I started feeling better.
As I said, I am now one week out and was able to go all day yesterday without pain meds. I did take one to help me sleep. Unlike my usualy hyper self... I have stayed on the couch watching TV or sleeping all week. Because of the risks of blood clots I have gotten up every other hour and walkied around the house or walked out to get our mail. I am still not standing up quite straight but am very close. Overall, this has not been that bad of an experience. My stomach is completely flat and my scar, though it goes from hip to hip, is very thin. There is still quite a bit of swelling in my abdomen but I am told that takes 3-4 mos to completely go away. Oh! I also forgot to mention the muscle spasms. They started on day 4.. honestly felt like labor pains, I told my surgeon though and he gave me a muscle relaxer which helped pretty quick. I hope my post will help anyone who is thinking about having a Tummy Tuck. I would definitely find a surgeon who does the technique without the drains. They sound awful! Good Luck everyone!! The cost that I am posting included everything. (Hospital fee, anesthesiologist, surgeon.. etc)