I'm 48 years old and 5'1" tall. I've had 3...

I'm 48 years old and 5'1" tall. I've had 3 children, my first two at ages 19 and 21. I had my last child at age 38. I've been overweight all of my adult life. In 2011 I had the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG). My highest weight was 236. I've maintained in the 160's for the past year.

At my 2 year follow up with my WLS surgeon he discovered a hernia. We discussed having my hernia repair and tummy tuck at the same time. I will have a general surgeon repair the hernia and my abdominal wall then the Plastic surgeon will complete the tummy tuck.

I will post before pics soon. I'm very excited about this new part of my life. I've never had a flat tummy, even as a teenager. This is like a dream for me. I'll be 50 soon and hopefully I'll have a body better than I had in my 20's. :-)

As far as the cost, the insurance will cover for the hernia repair. I will have to pay the PS for the tummy tuck. Right now the cost is just an estimate.

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Before Pics added

This is really hard to put out there for all to see, but I know it will help others along the way. I love to look at others pictures before and after.

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Sorry, had to add something, make sure you get cough drops, straws and someone to set an alarm for you to take your meds afterwards. The first week is the worst and even that isn't so bad. I forgot cough drops and had to make the hubby run out and get some! But I was back in the store with him by day 4! Any questions you have, just ask!
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Thanks, I've been making a list. :-)
It is really hard to do the before pics, but they are so worth it once you have the afters! I was just looking at my before pics today and was like, "DAMN!", I'm so happy! Even though I haven't lost any weight, I feel great and my confidence is through the roof! You look a lot like I did before, so I hope you get the same results or even better, though I'll be jealous! LOL! It's so worth it. It's a long recovery, though by six months, you should be totally back to normal,(most swelling is gone, though not all, but it's still better then before!), and getting your groove on! You will be buying bikini's next summer! I'm so excited for you! Can't wait to follow your journey!
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Making my list...

It's only 35 more days until my TT w/hernia repair. I've signed my consent forms, made my pre op appts for labs and ekg, and making my list of things needed. This has all happened so fast, but at the same time seems like it's taking forever to get here. Not looking forward to the pain, but so looking for the extra sleep time. LOL I know that sounds odd, but I can't wait to be able to sit around and sleep for a few days. Not having to worry about work, the house, etc....just to worry about me and getting rest so I can heal. :-)

I love that so many of you share what you needed for surgery. I like to be organized and have everything on hand, just in case I need it.

So far I have:
extra pillows
body pillow
toilet seat riser
walker (already had from when my husband broke his leg)
recliner (already have)
extra compression garment
vitamins
and the list continues....

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Vitamins

My physician gave me a list of vitamins to take before and after surgery, so I thought I would share.

In order of importance for surgery and healing, Vitamin C, Zinc, Vitamin A, followed by the "B" vitamins, such as thiamine. He also recommends a multi vitamin which I already take daily.

He also recommends eating lots of fruits and veggies before surgery to get in even more natural vitamins your body needs.

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Good luck an keep us posted. I also have made a list an have a few more things to get as the day keeps getting closer ... You will look great
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Good luck with your surgery. That is a very great price for a tummy tuck. Be sure to get in lots of protein and water!
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Thank you.

Getting nervous

I've already started having dreams about my surgery. Not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. LOL My doc already called in all my meds, so I'm set there. I think I have everything ready, not it's just the waiting part.
Trying to get organized at work so my time off won't affect to many people. But at the same time I don't want to come back to work with tons of work to do either.
I plan on taking off 2 weeks and maybe 1/2 days on week 3.

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Good luck on TT.... You will love your new flat tummy!
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Thank you. Oh I can't wait to have a flat tummy. :-)
Good luck! I'm 10 days before you. I'm not nervousness about it which makes me a little concerned, maybe I should be nervous?
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Just 3 more weeks...eeek!!

I'm so excited I can't stand it. The closer it gets, the more hopeful I am for the best results.

Spoke to my PS office and was told the surgery will take from 4-41/2 hours. Wow. I didn't think it would take that long. Also I'll have at least 2 drains in the pubic area.

I think I'm ready for this to happen. I just need to do some more deep cleaning on the house and meal planning.

Thank you so much everyone for the support.

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Your going to look great! We all are :) !! My PS gave me vitamins to start taking prior. They are called recovery support program by Vitamedica. It's a morning pill & evening then it also has bromelain ( I start 3 days prior) & arnica for post op.
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Thank you. I agree, we are all going to look amazing. My PS wants me to take Vitamin A and C before and after surgery. Funny how PS are so different, he doesn't suggest me using Bromelain or Arnica. But I hear lots of good things about it. I'm going to try the pineapple route to help reduce swelling.
Good luck on the big day! it's SO exciting to look down and see it's just GONE!!! Can't wait to see your results!!! :)
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My goal jeans...

Here is a picture of my goal jeans. Right now I wear size 12. I don't like a lot of pressure on my tummy. But I can get these size 8's on and buttoned....not pretty at all. Hoping after surgery they will fit perfect. I would love to be a size 6/8 someday.

Do any of you have goal jeans or a goal size after surgery?

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It won't long now....the 30th is right around to corner...keep us on the loop with your progress ....I have been healing and getting stronger everyday since my surgery on the 9/16 ....I LOVE MY NEW BELLY
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Thank you. Eeeeeek, I'm just a week away. I can't wait.
You'll love the results!!! Best decision I'm made!! No regrets:)
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One week away to be on the flat side.

I'm so excited and a bit nervous. I keep going over everything in my head to make sure I'm prepared. Still need to do some last minute organizing/cleaning on the house. Next weekend I'll get to the grocery store and prepare some meals to put in the freezer. I have some great friends who are also going to bring some meals over. I know DH will love that.

I've been in menopause for over 4 years and yesterday I started my period...WTH?? I totally expected it after surgery. When I had my VSG surgery I had one for a few days. I guess the shock to my body. Now I guess its the stress and my body is going wacko. Oh well, its super light and hope its done before next week.

I plan on taking a few more "before" pics and my measurements today. I'll post later.

My husband and I bought a new toy yesterday. Well more for him than me. :-) We bought a used (new to us) touring motorcycle. This is something new for us. We've always wanted to take short trips down back roads and enjoy the views. We plan on taking our first big ride today. Not long, but it will be a first for us. About an hour away, have lunch then ride back. He knows I won't be able to ride for some time after surgery, so getting in what we can now. But I can tell you, its so much easier to get on and off the bike than it was when I was over 200 lbs. And I hope it will be even easier when my belly is gone. I can't wait. :-)

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Question...colon cleanse anyone?

I have problems with constipation on and off. Now is was of the "on" times. I'm also very interested in detoxing my body before surgery. Anyone do a colon cleanse before surgery? I would love to know I'm all cleaned out...LOL I know its going to be worse afterwards because of all the pain meds. Any suggestions would be great.

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Try drinking an all natural smoothies made from mostly veggies like spinach , kale, broccoli , carrots and plums Granny Smith apple blend it with water see if that help you. See u on the flat side soon
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I love green smoothies, thanks for reminding me to do that. :-)
You are welcome and u are not putting added meds in your body before surgey . I make my own and it cheaper too lol. You will be regular too lol

Just a few more days..

Today is my last day of work...woo hoo. But so much to do and get caught up before 5:00. Then the weekend begins to get all the last minute details done before my surgery on Monday morning. I have to be at the hospital 6:00 am Monday, surgery is at 8:00. I'm so excited and scared. I'm afraid I'm going to get more nervous as it gets closer. Good thing my PS gave me some Valium to take if needed. Did any of you take something to relax you before surgery? I haven't taken any yet.

Just an update on the Colon Clenz...it works great. I'm taking a stool softner and the Colon Clenz daily. Makes me just have a normal BM. So rushing to the bathroom or having to stay close to home, just normal. Thank goodness. Now if it will just stay that way. :-)

Thanks to everyone here and your awesome support. This site has been a God send.

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Are you as nervous as I am?! We both go in for our TT this Monday. I'm scared as all hell but super excited. Wishing you the best!! :))
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… Didn't read down far enough you are using a colon Clenz It's probably the same stuff natural psyllium husk. Let me know if that's the main ingredient or the ingredient!!! ^••^ LLB
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Hi Robin Texasmom I was just sitting here reading your profile... You really have a good frame of mind... I just got down to the section about the dreaded constipation... Was always a lifelong problem for me.. Until four years ago I discovered a product called psyllium husk. It is considered a colon cleanse... It's a remarkable product.... It comes dry you mix tablespoon in a glass of water and chug it down... my general practitioner Told me to use psyllium husk daily ...it helps lower cholesterol... Helps makes you feel full when you're dieting.. And best of all You're never constipated... Give you diarrhea... It's amazing stuff...
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The night before..

Well it's almost time ladies. In 14 hours I'll be having my surgery. Starting to get a little scared, but still excited at the same time. All I have left to do is pack my bag for the hospital. My recliner area in my bedroom is all set up. I have books, note pads and computer all set. Pillows everywhere as well. LOL

Trying to figure out what I want to eat as my last meal tonight. I know I need to eat something but at the same time, too nervous to eat.

I bet I don't get much sleep tonight.
Good luck to everyone else having surgery this week.

I'll update with pictures as soon as I can.
See ya on the "Flat Side".

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Good luck!
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Sweet dreams tonight!
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Thank you Nessa....I'm super nervous. So happy to know we are having our surgery on the same day. Good luck to you. Hugs.

I made ut too the flat side,

Day one post op. I'm doing well. Lots of pain but not as bad as I expected. Will try to post pics later. Too sleepy right now. The doc did remove 5lbs of skin.

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Congrats on your surgery! I hope you're doing well!
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Congrats!!! Glad you are in recovery!
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Congrats !
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Day 2 post op

Pain not as bad as I expected. About a 3-4 right now. I was expecting the worse.

Took my first shower this morning and it felt great. Here are some pics of day 2.
Still very swollen, so I have hopes my shape will get better.

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Rest!!!! ((((Hugs))))
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Happy healing!
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Post op day 3

Feeling pretty good today. Didn't feel like I needed my pain meds when I woke up this morning, so waiting almost 2 hrs past time to take them. Went ahead and took one before I got ready to take a shower. Going to try and go longer in between and see how I do. I've attached a few pics of day 3 post op. Not much different from yesterday.

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Post op day 4

Finally had a BM tonight. Feel much better now. Now much change in the swelling but here are a few pics taken this morning before my shower. Hope everyone else is doing well.

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I bet you do feel better after having a BM . Looking good ! 
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Thank you. OH yes, much better. LOL
Congrats! you look great!
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Swell Hell....why?

I woke up so uncomfortable this morning. Super swollen than any other day. Why on day 5 would I be more swollen? I feel so tight...urgh!!! I've done nothing different than any other day.

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How long before...

How long before you were able to move around in the kitchen, do some light cooking? I don't want to over do it, but I'm so tired of sitting in this recliner too.

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You look great!! Congrats and happy healing!!
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Looking great!!! Sexy thing!!!
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7 days PO pic review

It's amazing how much my shape has changed in just 7 days.

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Your looking good! I think about 5-6 days po I pulled a stool in the kitchen and made breakfast, and soup for lunch. Just use your best judgment. I constantly have to rein myself in...
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Thanks, I tried to just make my sons lunch for school and it's a chore for sure. Even making my own coffee and I'm 10 days out.
I think from here on it get exponentially easier each day. Everyone's different so listen to your body. Congrats on making the coffee and lunch! TT milestones!

10 days PO....

I'm feeling pretty good for the most part, but a couple of days ago I started having horrible pain in my left upper back/shoulder area and up to my neck. Doc thinks its either gas (why did it wait 8 days after surgery to start) or referred pain. I will say using a heating pad has really helped. It was hurting to just take a deep breathe. I was wondering if it could be the fluid. he removed one of my drains and late that day is when the pain started. If wearing my compression garment tighter if it could push the fluid up and its pressing on some nerves or something...just a thought. LOL

I removed the steri strip tape and got a good look at my incision. Its low (which I like) and for the most part smooth. But a couple of area where its not and just wondering if any of you had this and it smoothed out. Haven't discussed this with my PS yet, just wanted your thoughts before my next appt.

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Weight...

I know I know...shouldn't weigh yourself soon after TT. But always concerned about my weight and weighing daily I just had too. I was prepared for the worst but guess what? I have great news. On day of surgery I was 167.4 10 days out I'm 159.7 :-) And I'm still super swollen, so I very hopeful my weight has decided to start moving again. I guess it had to take a shock of the surgery to wake my body up. LOL

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Looking good
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Yea! My weight went down, I ate too much or am swelling and seemed to have gained a little back.... It so hard since you can't excersize and have no idea where your caloric intake should be :/
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That will happen a little weight gain ,but don't trip it will go back down had the same problem. Are you getting enough protein in your diet that was my problem. When you do start to workout that will disappear and remember you are healing right now. If you can try to walk for an hour each day.

Remember the skinny jean pic...update

Today I put those size 8 skinny jeans back on...WOW, 12 days PO and they fit so well even with the swelling. I would have never guess I would be in them this soon without a muffin top. Before surgery I was in a 10/12, more of a 12.

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you look amazing!!! congrats!!
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Thank you.
wow ...looking great!!!!!
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Seroma :-(

Had my follow up today with the general surgeon, he removed the other drain...woo hoo. FREEDOM at last. But still have the seroma my PS talked about last week. Been wearing my CG tight, so tight it's hurting my hips/incisions. Neither doc talked about aspiration. Said it will go away on its own, and I'm on with that. But it looks terrible. It's very puffy on the right under my BB. Looks deformed. But I know in time it will go away. Still swelling a lot by end of day.
Start back to work yesterday and stopped working by 2:00, I was very tired and a little sore from sitting upright all day. Today went until 3:30 before I called it a day.

Been reading a lot about the Marie E CG's. Tell me more please. I need something. Stopped by Macy's today on way home and didn't like anything they had.

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You look fabulous! The pic in the jeans side by side is so freaking cool! I cant wait to have my TT - four weeks from today!!!!!!
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Thank you so much. You will be rocking jeans before you know it.
Look at you in those jeans! What a transformation!! :)
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17 days PO pics

Here are a few pics from this morning. Still very swollen and you can see the seroma. Still get really tired after working most of the day. But not much pain at all. Each day is a little bit better.

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Looking great! Hope the seroma resolves quickly!
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Muscle aches...Pain

Day 22 PO, well its almost 3:00 am. Been awake since I don't know. Moved from the bed back to my chair. So much pain, can't take a deep breathe. Almost like the pain I had on day 8 out of the blue. It started on my left lower back, then within a couple of hours a deeper pain. Woke up around midnight asking for the heating pad. Didn't help, now the pain is all the way up into my neck on left side. I now have an ice pack on my neck to see if that helps. Feels like a muscle thing going on instead of gas pains. If I don't move a muscle no pain, try to breath more than a shallow breath and I feel like I'm dying. It's a deep tightening pain in lower back. Pain pills not touching it. I had some Flexerill, took one and hope that helps relieve the muscle pain. Calling my doc in the morning to see if he can give me something for the muscle spasms. Anyone else have this off and on during recovery?

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pics

Here are some pics of me in leggings I bought over the weekend. Even with the CG on underneath, I'm loving my new shape. :-)

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Looking good girl show off that figure.
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Truly amazing before and afters.
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I am having similar issues with muscle spasms. I'm just lounging today. what did your PS say? Tylenol heat and muscle relaxer has helped me. Im treating today like 3-4 days po....
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Seroma update

Back from the PS visit. He drained 50cc out of the seroma. He poked and poked (didn't feel it) until he hit the jackpot and it was gushing out. He tried a few more places because its still swollen but nothing. Going back in 3 weeks unless I need to come back for more drainage. He also started me on scar therapy with silicone gel strips. He gave me the go ahead to wear my new compression garment I got from Leonisa. Love it so far, no binder riding up or pinching me. As far as the back pain, he agree's it was me over doing it. Doesn't like giving muscle relaxers but instead he uses Valium. He said that is what he gives Breast aug. patient for the muscle spasms. So I'll see if that helps. We also talked a little bit about revisions if needed. Wants to wait and see how I heal.

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Glad your appt went well!!! I go tomorrow an will see how much fluid he will aspirate.... I have a list of questions for him!!!!!:-)
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Thank you. :-)
Thank you.

Scar therapy pics

Just a few pics after I applied the silicone gel strips and covered with tape.

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You look great :)
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Can't wait to see how your appt. goes.

Pics never lie

These pictures really put things in perspective for me. Even after I lost weight with my weight loss surgery, I still felt huge. I went from a size 20/22 to a size 10/12. Having my Tummy Tuck has made me really feel like I've succeeded.

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Wow, looking great!
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looks good
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you look awesome- we had similar weight loss. My highest was 216 dropped to 160 day of surgery and now almost 4 weeks post op I am 152. I feel the same way, after weight loss I felt like I still looked huge with all the skin now even though I think I need some revision I am so much happier.
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More pics

I took before pics and wanted to take more as I healed from my TT. I really didn't think I had changed much since the first week or so, but as you can see by week 5 there is a difference. :-) I love my TT.

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Lookin gud gurly
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Thank you. :-)
Thank you.

Seroma update

Back from my PS doc appt. He drained 60cc today from the seroma. He was sure he could get more, but didn't want to put me in any pain. The more he took out the deeper he had to go and I could feel it more and more.
I see the general surgeon (for the hernia follow up) next on the 19th. At that time if it needs draining again, they may discuss going back in to remove it, so it doesn't get infected. I'll know more in a couple of weeks.

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No more binder..

I'm graduating to spanx type garments during the day. I think I will still wear my binder at night though. Makes me feel better.

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Wow, great result!! You look fabulous!
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Girl you look great!!! Just thought I'd drop by an check up on you!!!! Hope you are doing well!!!
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Im right there with you on the binder! :)
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9 Week update with seroma

Wow I didn't realize its been awhile since I updated every one. I had the seroma drained again on Nov. 19th. I already have surgery scheduled for Dec. 18th for excision of the seroma cavity. It will not go down even when drained. My PS also thinks he will be able to remove a little bit more skin...woo hoo. This will only be a day surgery.
Here are a few pics I took this morning. You can see the seroma :-(

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Wow! Awesome progress! I'm day 5 and my drains have hardly put out anything but the swelling is surreal. I'm wondering if they aren't working right and I need to be aspirated? After reading your post I'm going to call my PS tomorrow and see.
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How often have you been aspirated? I'm draining about 15 to 20 ccs a week. I'm just in a panic about this.
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He was doing it every 2 weeks. Hasn't since my last appt., been about 3 weeks now, I guess waiting until my surgery. I'm not freaking out about it. He promises to take care of it. I wouldn't be in a panic, I'm sure your PS knows what he is doing.

In two more days, another surgery

On Dec. 18th I'll have another surgery to remove the seroma cavity. I can't wait. I was super busy over the weekend trying to get everything in order, Christmas bought and wrapped, stocked on groceries, clean the house....because of all that activity I was in super pain and super swollen last night. I don't remember being this swollen since the beginning. And I haven't had paid with the seroma until now. I mean bad pain. Better today, but every so often I feel it again. So taking it easy until Wed.

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Good luck! Get lots of rest!
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Good luck sweet lady. You are looking good, so glad they will be able to fix your last little hitch (seroma cavity). Then you'll be set. Best wishes for a quickee sx, and SPEEDY recovery. I'm getting ready for my TT in Jan (gettin nervous). Happy Holidays
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Thank you so much. Good luck on your upcoming surgery.

6 Days PO after seroma surgery.

I had surgery to remove the seroma cavity on Dec. 18th. It was a success. The doc found a seroma about the size of a grapefruit. He drained 100cc out of it before trying to remove. He also fixed a small dog ear on my left side and removed more skin in the middle as well as raised my mons more. I have one drain this time, thank goodness.

I'm very happy with the outcome. I do have to take it easy for awhile, but nothing like the first surgery. I'm still tender in the area where the seroma was. Of course swollen as usual.

I go back for my first follow up on Dec. 31st.

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas.

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Wos you have been through it. Happy healing. How does the doctor fix a seroma? Intesested to know.
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So glad to hear everything went well! Merry Christmas to you too!
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4.5 months Post Op

Thought I would add a few new pics. I'm very happy with my results from my Hernia repair and TT. After having the seroma cavity removed and more skin removed, I'm in love with my new Tummy.
I don't regret this for one minute. I'm almost 85% back to normal. I'm not able to walk/run very far, but this past week has been better. Not as much swelling after my walks.
I do still swell especially if I don't wear my CG all day long. But I'm weaning myself off of it. I still sleep with my binder on every night. I feel lost without it. LOL

If you have any questions, please ask away.

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did your scar get better on the pubic area?
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Yes, it looks much better. I'll post some new photos.
So glad to hear from you...been thinking about you lots. You are looking FANTASTIC! Glad everything finished up well and that you are so pleased. I'm 3 weeks PO from my TT/MR. Am doing well, swollen of course, but healing well. Have some weight to lose yet, but very happy nonetheless. Take care and keep up the good work, you are GORGEOUS!!!
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Updated photo's.

These pics were taken in March 2014. Scar looks much better now. I will post more pics at my one year mark in September.

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You look absolutely amazing!! What a transformation you've made! Such an inspiration. Congratulations!
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Thank you so much.
You look great ! When the dr fixed your hernia did he use mesh? I also have a incisional hernia , so I am curious to know how he repaired it , thanks take care!
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