I was in the military when I was young, and used...
I just went in on 7/15 and had the surgery done. It went very smoothly. I don't have a before picture handy, but I'll dig one up and update this post later on. I am totally stoked with how things look even one day after surgery when I'm swollen like crazy. Can't wait to see the final outcome.
Almost a week into it
2nd week of recovery
In second picture, what appears to be remaining love handles and belly fat is primarily swelling, which apparently takes weeks to go down. PS removed 5 lbs from the lower belly yet I weighed 17 lbs more in the second picture. 23lbs is almost 3 gallons of water. Yow.
Also I got one of the drains out today, but the other one is still outputting 60ml. Pulling the drain out felt really strange. Turns out there's a couple feet of perforated tubing inside the abdomen, and when they pull it out you can feel it snaking its way all over the place. Didn't hurt much, was just weird.
Going into week 3
I've been losing all of that water like crazy, something like a pound a day. When I went in for surgery I weighed 220. The day after surgery I weighed 237. 2 weeks later I weigh 212. Its getting to where people are commenting that it seems like I've lost weight. I'm going to need to get a smaller binder too.
The weeping from the incision is slowing way down too. I still have to keep gauze on it, but the volume is dropping every day. The one complication so far is a small hole that opened up in my incision. Its about 1/2" long and probably like 1/4" deep. I'm having to pack it with wet gauze. It doesn't hurt at all, its just creepy. I get the impression that this is something that happens routinely and isn't a big deal.
Reflecting back on my expectations of the recovery, I find its much less about pain and misery and much more about tedious bullshit like doing elaborate wound care rituals 3 times a day.
Bromelain 500mg daily
Arginine+Ornithine 2000mg daily
Sildenafil 50mg daily
Low carb Whey Protein 150g daily (shake at every meal)
Fish Oil Concentrate 2000mg (meaning 2000mg of EPA+DHA, not just the fish oil)
B-complex (can't remember the dosage)
No NSAIDS (no naproxen, no aspirin, no ibuprofen, nothing)
Also stopped using all disinfectants on the wound (I was using Hibiclens). Just changed over to straight non-antibacterial soap. Can't tell you which of these (if any) helped, but like I said the Dr seemed impressed at how much better the wound looked.
Dr. Kerr is outstanding. Totally chill, very straight up, no bsing, and he seems to actually care about my situation. My wife had a tummy tuck a couple of years ago, and I had a rhinoplasty back in 97, so I've got a good feel for whether a PS is really taking care of you or not. Staff in the office is all very nice and helpful/concerned as well, as are the people working at the Round Rock hospital where the procedure is performed. BTW that's a big deal, you want to have this done in a real hospital. I went to Dr. Kerr largely based on the already stellar online reviews. Add mine to the pile - I am yet another very satisfied patient.