Phew...8 weeks post op - Portland, OR

I am a 49 year old woman, I am 5'9" and...

I am a 49 year old woman, I am 5'9" and weigh 225. I have two children who are now 26 and 24. I was a chubby kid and always felt "different". I was athletic as a teen and that kept my weight at bay. While pregnant I gained 80 pounds...yikes! Depression, low thyroid function and unhealthy food choices contributed to my highest weight of 303 pounds.
Through exercise 5 days a week, better food choices and addressing health issues, I have lost 78 pounds. This has left me with nasty belly. Even though I have worked hard to get this far I still have more weight to lose but hope that surgery will be the boost I need to get the rest off!
With the support of my loving husband of 30 years, I will be getting a tummy tuck, lipo and a breast lift(3 weeks post tummy). I go for my pre-op on Friday the 18th and surgery on June 1st. I am very exciting and slightly nervous:) I posted my before pics and am shocked and disappointed at what I look like....because I don't feel inside the way I look on the outside! Surgery will help me feel better about that.

Told my trainer that I have only have 12 more...

Told my trainer that I have only have 12 more workout days before surgery....I think it's finally getting close enough now that it's a reality! Was happy to have my period start on time so that I have a couple of weeks of healing before it starts again:)

I had my pre-op today and it has made me more...

I had my pre-op today and it has made me more excited! My dorky questions were answered with respect and I had some great questions too! He took before photos and met I with his nurse to go over the drains, meds and supplies. Hubby was with me to hear the information that I didn't hear, 4 ears are better then 2:) My PS will travel to my house to check on me the day after surgery....a house call, I love it! Going to get blood .work done tmrw and prescriptions filled. He told me that patients like me are "satisfying", because it is a dramatic result! Three weeks later is my breast lift and lipo on hips and thighs.

This time next week I will be on the "flat side"....

This time next week I will be on the "flat side". I am nesting like crazy...washed windows inside and out, yard work, organized closets. I am not feeling nervous at all just happy and excited:) 5 more days to workout....that is stressing me out, the thought of not be able to workout for a while, when I worked soooo hard to get here. I know it's temporary and all but still. Made my hubby some of his favorite food and put them in the freezer. He will be taking care of me so I also want to take care of him:) Also got some gift certificates for fast food and I will give those to him during recovery, only if he is doing a good job LOL.

Its been fun to see how excited my husband is...

Its been fun to see how excited my husband is getting too! He told the guys at work about surgery and that I raised the kids,I workout, I eat right and there is nothing more I can do to make this tummy go away and now its my turn. That makes me happy:) He is a good man and i am very happy to have him taking care of me. He also reminded me that I wont be able to have sex for a while so we need to bank it!!!.....so we have been banking it:) lol

My PS had me call to confirm appointment for...

My PS had me call to confirm appointment for Friday and make sure my blood work came back as ok! which it did, that would have sucked to have been told that It was not going to happen! Also today I started Miralax, so that I don't get all stopped up. Tomorrow I start the Arnica and a liquid type diet. Got a pedicure with a friend and went to lunch. It's coming down to the wire!!!! I still am very happy, grateful,appreciative and excited for this to happen.

Today is the day!! Put on my anti nausea patch...

Today is the day!! Put on my anti nausea patch last night and took my Arnica and Zantac, as the PS prescribed. Still very calm and happy:) I pooped so much yesterday because of the Mirilax that it feels good to know that I am empty:) Did 2 days of liquid diet so I am very hungry and feel crappy.....but in about 6 hours none of that will matter! I will post pics as soon as I can. Thanks again for everyones support, this has been a real blessing to have people that know what I am going through.

Yesterday I arrived a half hour early, because I...

Yesterday I arrived a half hour early, because I was so excited and thankfully they took me in right away! The Dr drew on me and anesthesiologist made me go to sleep. Although, I was in a twilight sleep I felt them giving me my spinal. Did not know anything until post-op, they had me sit in a chair and get my feet under me. Then they brought me the “meat apron” so I could see what they removed before it went away. They removed approximately five pounds from the lower stomach. Ride home was not bad at all. Got home and settled thanks to my hubby. There is no way I could have done this without him. Slept off and on during the night and thanks to the catheter, I have not had to get up and down all the time. Drank about two gallons of cucumber water and have eaten chicken and jello. Today I switched from the reclining couch to the reclining chair for a little different sitting position. Don’t wait too long to get up ladies. Because I did and it hurt like hell. So did coughing! Thought I had a higher pain tolerance but today it is not the case, I am in pain. Dr is coming to the house to take the catheter out and have a look at me. That’s all for now ………………………

Yesterday I arrived a half hour early, because I...

Yesterday I arrived a half hour early, because I was so excited and thankfully they took me in right away! The Dr drew on me and anesthesiologist made me go to sleep. Although, I was in a twilight sleep I felt them giving me my spinal. Did not know anything until post-op, they had me sit in a chair and get my feet under me. Then they brought me the “meat apron” so I could see what they removed before it went away. They removed approximately five pounds from the lower stomach. Ride home was not bad at all. Got home and settled thanks to my hubby. There is no way I could have done this without him. Slept off and on during the night and thanks to the catheter, I have not had to get up and down all the time. Drank about two gallons of cucumber water and have eaten chicken and jello. Today I switched from the reclining couch to the reclining chair for a little different sitting position. Don’t wait too long to get up ladies. Because I did and it hurt like hell. So did coughing! Thought I had a higher pain tolerance but today it is not the case, I am in pain. Dr is coming to the house to take the catheter out and have a look at me. That’s all for now ………………………

I guess it is day 3 if you count the day it...

I guess it is day 3 if you count the day it happened:) The oxy's are giving me a little allergic reaction...itchy! I am moving much better today. Cutting back on pain pills also. getting food down, chicken and fruit so far, oh ya and some fruit popsicles. I am living in the recliner...thank goodness we have one! Had my first visitors today and I did pretty well considering that I am on drugs LOL. Hubby gave me my blood thinner injection in the thigh. I go back to the PS office tmrw so that he can take a look. Thanks for the support everyone:) Happy healing to us all!!!

With all the swelling down there, it is a little...

With all the swelling down there, it is a little hard to urinate. I go to the PS today for pain pump removal and my first question is, why is it so hard to pee. Moving is getting easier, getting in and out of the recliner is not nearly as painful. Not much of an appetite, but eating on a regular schedule healthy foods becuase I know that helps with all the repair. Everyone talks about the swelling, but until you have it, you don't realize how bad it is. My drains are putting out about 200cc's every 24 hours. But, what is coming out is lighter red than the first day. Still itchy from the oxys but they are my friend. The zyrtec is helping. Surprisingly he does not have me in a binder. But after two weeks I need to where a compression garment such as Spanx. Sleeping in the recliner has been fine, thanks to my U shaped travel pillow. Hubby helped me wash my hair in the sink today and that felt really good.

Good luck ladies, thinking of you!

Ps said it was normal to be swollen and a little...

Ps said it was normal to be swollen and a little harder to pee as long as it was coming out! he removed my pain pump...did not hurt at all. I could feel it right under the skin when it was being pulled out. I can get out of the recliner all by myself and also on and off the toilet. cut back now to 1 oxy every 4 hours. My skin is itchy, like when you heal:) I know the worst is over!!

Today is post op 4.. I guess i have been off by...

Today is post op 4.. I guess i have been off by one day:) Last night was a good sleep.I did get up every 2 hours for potty break but better sleep in between. I am only taking oxys at night for sleep and Tylenol during the day. This helps me feel more like myself. Pooped, as in BM, yesterday and today!! so that is going well. I have been drinking fresh lemon juice in my water and 2 tsp of Mirilax a day. Took a shower today, I didnt stay in too long , just enough to get all the important parts clean:) I am super swollen!!!!! so it plays head games with me, on how it will look in the end. Because of the numbness it feels as though there is a void there all the time....due to the fact they removed 5 pounds of meat and fat there actually is a void but it is a strange sensation. I would say overall I am doing well:)

Today is post op 5. I took a shower all by myself!...

today is post op 5. I took a shower all by myself! Liberating! My drains are giving off a yellow/clear tint now and I am not draining much. Still doing tylenol during the day and hope to continue that during the night too. If it weren't for having to wear the leg compressors, I think I would be up more frequently...not sure if thats good or bad:) The worst part about this is the swelling...OMG I never would have believed it, then I got it!!! so much pressure, its very uncomfortable. PS said I have so much swelling due to how much tissue he took off. I know it is a matter of time:) Hubby is keeping me happy by keeping the house clean, the way I like it. He knows it will help me rest well:) A sneeze or a cough is toture!!!! avoid these at all costs!!!

Feeling more like myself everyday. Although that...

Feeling more like myself everyday. Although that doesnt mean I am doing much! trying to stay down. Swelling slightly better today...not so tight but still huge. Lower back has been a bit of an issue. It is so sore, but a little better today also. I still have more procedures in two wekks....ugh! wish they could have been all at once but so glad that my tt will be three weeks into healing before the bl and lipo. washed my hair in the kitchen sink and that always makes me feel better. Its interesting what people do and don't want to see when thay come by for a visit....some want to see it all and others get dizzy at the thought:) My friends have been very kind and supportive, thats why I love them:)

First week is over and I am so thankful for that:)...

First week is over and I am so thankful for that:) Today my back was so much better it is wonderful....not 100% but much better! Tried to lay on my bed on my side but thats just not going to workout for me, no bed sleeping yet:( Night time sleeping is not going well anymore, I seem to have some insomnia. That is not an unusual thing but dang it all to heck right now! I need sleep for good healing!! 5 days until my drains come out. Thought I would be excited to put some clothes on after that but with this swelling I am not sure anything will fit:/ and have not worn panties in a week, oh well just happy to have part one underway and part two is coming on the 22nd.

Today is a turning point:) I slept 7 hours last...

Today is a turning point:) I slept 7 hours last night and instead of going back to sleep this morning, like I usually do...I stayed awake and didn't even have to fight off the sleepies.I enjoyed sitting in the sun. It felt so good on my skin:) Just took my shower for the day and even sprayed on a little perfume. Feeling a little bored so I know I am feeling better!
I did try to lay on my side last night but my swelling is just still too much and it feels heavy on my tummy. Off all tylenol now too and feel just slight discomfort, no pain. Looking so forward to these drains being removed on Wednesday, thats going to be a good day!!!

I came to the conclusion that my lower back hurt...

I came to the conclusion that my lower back hurt worse then the tummy tuck!!

I have managed to rip the sutures out that have...

I have managed to rip the sutures out that have been holding my drains in place. Of course not on purpose!! They have been getting caught on the cabinet knobs...at first I was moving quite slow so no big deal, well yesterday I caught them both and ripped the sutures from the skin and yes that is in my pubic area.....holy shit did that hurt!!! Today I am so excited about it because the drain site feels sooooo much better, the sutures were so irritating and I didnt even know how much until I torn them off. I am being very careful not to pull the tubes out of my skin by wearing undies to keep them closer to my body. PS removes them tmrw anyway. Feeling pretty darn good today. Standing just a little straighter and did some "cat and dog" stretches this morning, that felt good and I did it very gently so not to pull anything.

I went for a check up with PS today. I think if I...

I went for a check up with PS today. I think if I wasnt going to see him today, I would have ripped those freakin drains out myself!! It wasnt too painful, a burning, stinging sensation. Then the drain sites have leaked a little but not a big deal. I did take 2 tylenol prior to visit because hubby and I were also headed to the grocery store. We also went to Target looking for a full length compression garment, with no sucess. Then to top off this beautiful day we went to Red Robin for an early dinner. It felt like I had been in prison for 12 days. Seriously the colors were brighter in the sky and the grass was greener :)

Day 14....It feels sooo dang good to say that! I...

Day 14....It feels sooo dang good to say that! I have noticed that I have been doing a little too much the last few days:/ Extra tired, swelling, pulling and a little shaky. I am just so glad to be more active, so its worth it.
Its also been kind of interesting to me to see the reaction or lack of that people have. It is VERY obvious I had this done AND It was no secret...I told everyone. I felt like if I told everyone It would be more comfortable for all. I went to the gym...where I spent everyday at the same time doing bootcamp, prior to surgery. I aslo went to a birthday party. NOBODY wants to even look at me down there...wtf? I have to laugh. It makes me realize how uncomfortable people are with this. If it were me I would be sooo into what they did that I would want to see everything...thats just me I guess:)

Today I was sitting in a regular chair and I...

Today I was sitting in a regular chair and I noticed that I can close my legs, my knees can touch!!!! Holy cow its because my who ha was lifted so there is less tissue to get it the way!! I haven't been able to do that since........I cant remember when. I also decided that it was time to take a nice walk around that neighborhood. I was pretty dissapointed in how far I could walk. I made it less then half a mile and my back hurt so damn bad that I couldn't get home fast enough....dang! I guess I need more time:) just not sure how far to push myself.

I am sad...I found 2 big stretch marks on my new...

I am sad...I found 2 big stretch marks on my new tummy :/ I guess when you stretch the crap out of skin thats what happens! Started putting Emu oil on it, but not sure if it should go on my incision too but I put it there anyway!

Yesterday I had lots of energy and better stamina....

Yesterday I had lots of energy and better stamina. Today I went for a 1 mile walk! The walk felt really good until my back started to hurt a bit going up an incline but all in all it was wonderful to be moving! I am just so happy that when I do walk or move that I dont have to contend with a big floppy belly:) I wore some workout pants that I wore before surgery but now they actually look ok!!! Tomorrow is my breast lift and some lipo so I will be back down for a little while but it won't be as bad...I hope:)
In the back of my mind I wonder if the upper part of my belly will ever go down or if that is the way its going to be?!?
I am on my period this time through surgery so thats not going to be very pleasant while wearing a lovley garment that has a hole to pee out of :/ Now i do wish I would have ordered a fud!
I do think this three week mark has been another turning point for recovery. Some days I feel like the swelling will never go away and then I get a small relief...thank goodness! I still cannot lay in bed or on my side. There is just too much pulling to be comfortable. I miss sleeping with my hubby.

I am close to being 4 weeks post op. Today I got...

I am close to being 4 weeks post op. Today I got onto my bed and layed down, with lots of pillows. It felt good on my tummy...no pulling or being uncomfortable. With the lipo and breast lift 4 days ago I will probably sleep in the recliner for a few more days. Last night was the best nights sleep so far, I got up once to potty but slept from 10 until 7!! Tummy still very swollen but maybe a bit better. It goes down so slowly that its just a bit frustrating:) to say the least. Still super happy to have the opportunity to have had the procedure.

Today is week 4 post op. Hubby asked me how my tt...

Today is week 4 post op. Hubby asked me how my tt was doing and with the additional surgery of breast lift and lipo...I kinda forgot about it:) So I guess I am doing well!!! Swelling is getting better by the day but still slow results. Stretched out in bed for the first time since surgery. I slept all night in bed...not a great sleep but hopefully tonight will be better. I still get muscle contractions but PS said that was normal. It happens mostly in the early morning hours and it wakes me up so they are significant. As soon as I get to feeling better from the lipo and lift I will be back at an everyday walking routine.

5 weeks post op. Swelling is the worst part at...

5 weeks post op. Swelling is the worst part at this point now. Tried on clothes to be able to feel normal when I go to PS tmrw but my clothes dont fit yet. The swelling is better but it has been so dang slow! The incision looks wonderful, I am super happy with placement and it is flattening out nicely. I have a few sutures that poke out of it until they dissolve totally. When rolling over in bed, I still have a hard time because my muscles are still so weak. Walking is easier now because I think that I can staighten out all the way, or at least it feels like it. That is until I get fatigued and then comes the slump! Still get muscle contractions while sleeping but those too are less frequent. Sometimes in the morning I forget that I cant do a nice big stretch....ooooh owie that hurts.

Today I went to the gym......:) I was ready and it...

Today I went to the gym......:) I was ready and it felt great! I didnt overdue it but my body said stop. Rode the recumbant bike for 15 minutes on fat burn, stood on the spin bike for 5 minutes and rode like I was going uphill and then walked for 1.5 miles on an incline of 3 at 3mph. This is a drop in the bucket of what I used to do but love seeing improvement and having a challenge. Then I went and picked raspberries and came home to make 2 pies. No home made crust here cuz I need gluten free and Whole Foods has a wonderful one. I havent worn my cg since I woke up this morning cuz I am a big sweater at the gym and I couldnt imagine wearing it! I need to shower and get it back on. I will take it easy the rest of the day. Although now that I am feeling better I want to keep going but I know that is not smart. Upper tummy is still big....I hate to say it but I think thats fat:( I have 20 pounds to lose so it should help make that get smaller, fingers crossed! My swelling from not wearing a garment and being active today is on the high side. I started putting scar cream on incisions, both tummy and boobs.

6 weeks post op. Posted new pics. The healing...

6 weeks post op. Posted new pics. The healing process seems so slow and seeing myself everyday I dont realize how far I have come!! I looked at the new pics and I am finally starting to see what shape I may have in the end:) My upper tummy still large and I am pretty sure that is fat so I probably shouldnt think about it anymore. I just need to lose some more weight and I will be where I need to be. Left side of my body is more swollen then the right side. Hopefully I wont stay uneven. Mons still pretty swollen too! I made it to the gym 4 days this week and hope to go one more. I did the eliptical for 45 minutes today and oooooh owie my hips:) Stomach muscles are definitely getting stronger, but still cant get up from a laying position, so I grab the back of my knees and rock forward.....looks kinda funny:) and its interesting how you adapt to moving differently.

8 weeks post op in 2 days. I would say for the...

8 weeks post op in 2 days. I would say for the last three days my swelling is much better and it always looks soooo good in the morning. Sometimes I will put on a pair of pants in the morning and by afternoon they are way too tight. Stomach muscles are getting stronger with just everyday use. I still can't get up from laying down and can't lay down without a pillow for support. I am on my third week at the gym, going 5 days a week doing cardio. In two weeks I will start back slowly to bootcamp. The incision looks very good, it has healed nicely and has really flattened out well. I am still looking forward to NO MORE SWELLING someday. The skin around the incision has softened so it feels more normal when I touch it but I am also still numb. The numbness is below BB and out to the sides a bit....maybe the size of a fist. Maybe the feeling will never come back. Thats ok with me as long as there is no hangy belly!
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