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2 1/2 months post op
- Erin Woodridge
- posted 5 months ago
- updated 1 month ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $7,500
- Dr. Joe Franco (Naperville, IL)
I have put a deposit down for a tummy tuck on...
- 6 Dec 2012
- 1 month pre
I have put a deposit down for a tummy tuck on January 10th. I have had 2 kids, gained and lost 60 lbs with each. I am pretty fit, I work out regularly and I eat decently. I weigh 125 lbs and I am 5'7" but I have a lot of loose skin on my tummy from the 2 pregnancies. I am nervous about having the surgery. I know that I will love the result, but I am scared to have it done. I have been preparing myself by reading blogs and watching youtube videos on the procedures and people's results as well as talking to people I know that have had it done.
As the date is coming closer I find myself...
- 19 Dec 2012
- 22 days pre
I just took before pics. So depressing. At 5'7"...
- 29 Dec 2012
- 12 days pre
My pre- op appointment has been moved from Thurs...
- 31 Dec 2012
- 10 days pre
I had my pre-op appointment on Friday. It's funny...
- 6 Jan 2013
- 4 days pre
Interesting thing I was told. I am to remove all piercings. I have an eyebrow ring, a nose ring and 5 holes in each ear. I didn't even consider it might be an issue but the Dr said that since an electrode will be used that there is a risk of burns happening where any metal is on my body. I always thought that doctors wanted people to remove all jewelry prior to surgery so that you can't accuse anyone of removing any valuables. I am hunting for a nylon or plastic retainer for my eyebrow and nose because I am concerned of them closing up.
I had my pre-op pics taken at the doctors office. This perky lady comes to me and says "Time for your photoshoot!!!" I told her it was the least glamorous photoshoot ever! lol
So I find myself cleaning the house...really...
- 7 Jan 2013
- 3 days pre
Alright today is the day! I go in at 10 am. I...
- 10 Jan 2013
- On day of treatment
I am dying to put lotion on. My skin in so dry but I am not allowed to put any lotions on today. I got no sleep last night...surprisingly it wasn't because of my anxiety...I was just wide awake. Oh well, I'll get enough sleep today I guess!
I took a last couple of before pictures this morning. See you all on the flat side!
Well my surgery lasted about 3 hours yesterday. ...
- 11 Jan 2013
- 1 day post
When I got home after surgery I sat down in my recliner and had some water and a whole tube of crackers. I slept for a bit and when I woke up I decided I should try to pee. Well that was when I had problems. I sat on the toilet for about 20 minutes and couldn't pee no matter how hard I tried. During that time my PS called me to check on me but I wasn't near it. A little while later the anesthesiologist called me. I told her that I hadn't peed all day. She called the PS to discuss it. When the PS called me back he gave me some tips to try to go. Like running water and manual stimulation of the urethra. He said that even though in 16 years he's never gone to a patient's house to give a catheter but he would if it was necessary. He told me to try more and he'd call me back in an hour. I spent the whole hour on the toilet and success! I finally went. It wasn't a lot or even a normal stream...but it was success. I couldn't believe that he was willing to come to my house if I needed him to. I was expecting him to tell me to go to the ER and ask for a catheter. Since I finally got the bladder control back I unfortunately had to pee every 2 hours after that...but that was all welcome. Now I am peeing like normal streams instead of trickling like I was last night. Still no BM but that's to be expected. I have taken some stool softeners and drank coffee so hopefully when I can go it won't be too painful.
I have also drank some smoothies that are supposed to help with swelling...they taste pretty good. Pineapple, banana, strawberry and oranges. Yum!
I am still super bandaged up so I don't know how I look yet...but I am pretty optimistic.
On Sunday 1/13 around 11pm I called my Dr. because...
- 15 Jan 2013
- 5 days post
I love my doctor. I was terrified to go for surgery again...absolutely terrified. My doctor was so nice and sweet. He explained away my fears. I was still scared and he hugged me while the anesthesiologist put me under. I needed that.
Unfortunately I had to start my recovery over. Tomorrow I get to remove the surgical dressings again and shower again. Thursday I have a follow up appointment. My Dr. said I can wait until Tuesday for the follow up because he can't remove the drains until then...but for piece of mind I would like to go in and have him look at me again on Thursday. So I am going in both this Thurs and then again on Tuesday.
Shower day! woohoo! It is amazing how much...
- 16 Jan 2013
- 6 days post
I added some new photos...big changes from Sunday night.
It is such a relief to look at my drains and see...
- 19 Jan 2013
- 9 days post
I am getting so sick of just sitting around and not doing anything. So frustrating. I just want to be able to do things, like lift the gallon of milk from the fridge!
YEA My drains came out!!!! OMG! That was such a...
- 22 Jan 2013
- 12 days post
I am feeling GREAT today. I have to remind myself...
- 23 Jan 2013
- 13 days post
New photos added. You can see some swelling I am dealing with...but WOW I look FLAT!
I have added my pre and post op surgery pics from...
- 1 Apr 2013
- 3 months post
My Doctor: Dr. Joe Franco
Personal referral from a former patient