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Tummy Tuck for my 50th! - Sacramento, CA

Turning 50 this November, seemed time to do...

Turning 50 this November, seemed time to do something for myself for a change. Three kids, all C-sections with my last born when I was 40. While I do need to loose about 20 pounds, I've got that saggy belly skin that no matter wat I do will not go away. So I've decided to take the surgical route.

26 days to go. I'm going to figure out how to...

26 days to go. I'm going to figure out how to post my before photos because I know how amazed I am everytime I see others post theirs and the amazing results. Going on the 10th to do my preop blood and EKG, make my final payments and fill my pain meds. I ordered my compression garment online and should arrive before Christmas. Super excited! Stay posted. :)

Okay I managed to finally put up a photo! Wish I...

Okay I managed to finally put up a photo! Wish I had an iPad it might come out better than trying to take this photo myself. But you get the idea. I feel excited and really not so nervous. I have worked in the medical field all my life so the surroundings don't scare me. I have not told anyone but will tell my kids after Christmas. Love seeing all of you who have already been through this. You are a guide for me to know what I am looking to expect. Don't expect to wake up looking like a swim model! LOL. Thanks and will try to post more photos. Happy Holidays. :)

10 day count down. As of now only my 2 sisters...

10 day count down. As of now only my 2 sisters and my oldest (21) daughter know about my upcomeing surgery. My other 2 kids (10 and 13) I will tell the day before. I'm not telling any of my friends or family, does that sound strange? People can be crtical, jealous, make comments behind your back. I'm just wanting this to match the person I feel on the inside, not trying to be better looking for anyone else. My husband totally supports it because he knows how much it bothers me to have this loose skin etc. so I guess that's all that matters.
After the holidays I'm planning on getting my suff together as far as keeping myself busy while I can't do any heavy lifiting etc. Making plans to stock the kitchen for the kids while they will still be on break. Have my compression garmet, picking up my meds today.
Really looking forward to this, excited and positive.

One week to go!!! Happy Dance :) nervously...

one week to go!!! Happy Dance :) nervously excited, is that possible? It seemed so far away but here it comes. I'm trying to get Christmas put away in my house so the following week will be filled w/cleaning and getting food stocked in the house for the kids. We just purchased a new mattress to replace our 13 year old one, so as long as I can get into bed after the surgery, that will be a nice gift for my recovering body. Our bed sits up a bit high.
Any last week advice from you post surgery ladies?
Love to read all your stories, gives me added confidence :)

Well it's new years eve and ready to start 2013 on...

Well it's new years eve and ready to start 2013 on a positive note. With only 3 days between me and my surgery, it's hard to believe that it is finally here! Tomorrow I will tell my youngest kids (10 and 13). I think telling them is harder than me going forward w/the surgery itself. I don't want them to worrie. We are going to stay in a hotel close by the night before because we live an hour and a half from the city. That morning I have a 6:00 check in time, so at least they will not have to be up early. Then after I'm settled, they can spend the day w/their dad speding Christmas money at the malls. Well Happy New Year to all those who have just had their surgeris and to those waiting like me, I know it will be worth it. I'm not worried at all, so that is a start. :)

Well almost here at this time tomorrow I will be...

Well almost here at this time tomorrow I will be "under the knife" as they say. Super excited, mild nervousness, positve thoughts.

Day 2 and feeling a little off. headache and...

Day 2 and feeling a little off. headache and vomiting on day one. walking around like they told me to. my drains are producing less fluid than yesterday. Getting some eggs and banana down along w/ice chips. Post more when I'm feeling better.

Well Sorry I haven't posted for a whole week, but...

Well Sorry I haven't posted for a whole week, but it's been rough. I actually developed a DVT (blood clot) in my left leg and spent 7 hrs in the ER Tuesday. I'm on Xeralto for the next three months, it actually just got approved by the FDA about 2 months ago to treat DVTs. Which is great because otherwise I would have been in the hospital on a heparin drip for a couple of days. This was bad enough, but my husband was in Arizona (i'm in Calif) and my family lives in Los Angeles (we're near Sacramento) and my 10 and 13 yr old girls were home while I drove myself to the ER. No pain pills since 2 a.m. went to the ER at 10 a.m. and got home by 6:30 p.m. downing 2 pain killers ASAP! It was a highly emotional day. All is better now, my leg is still sore, but saw my surgical doc today and everything is looking great. They left one drain in until next week and then sutures come out around my belly button too. Will keep you posted. Thanks for your support!

Eleven days out and every day feels a bit better. ...

Eleven days out and every day feels a bit better. I go back on the 17th for my 2 week check and get this second drain out. :)
Curious how long it takes for the numbness to go away. It's a strange feeling. I'll post a photo after my second drain is out.
Sacramento Plastic Surgeon

Found my doctor after searching the intranet and researching for 3 months. This was not something I was going to just close my eyes and pick from a phone book. I had my first consult and was very impressed by his whole staff. I know I'm in good hands.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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I'm scheduled for surgery on March 19, 2013 with Dr. Green also. How are you feeling?
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Feeling great! Numbness is getting less and less. The staff is great and my scar is healing nicely. They are top notch in my book. I did suffer from a DVT, which was scary, but that is one of the risks as you know. It's all good now. It does get better each day. My advice is to rest, have support at home for at least a week. Don't do too much too fast afterwards. Good luck, you will do great.
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looking good here is some luck for you LUCK LUCK LUCK LUCK LUCK LUCK LUCK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Thank You!
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3 week piccie looking so good, how you feeling, I am 8 days post op had a bad morning but feel fine now xx
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Feeling better. Mornings are the best. By the end of the day I'm walking more hunched over, but I guess it takes months to get back to our 100%. I will tell you though, you will start having more good days than bad real soon. :) All my Best to U.
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Looking good
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hope all is well please update us we want to know how you are here is some luck for you LUCK LUCK LUCK LUCK LUCK LUCK LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Hope your ok... Get well and be strong
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Thank you for posting...I am over 50 and it's great reading reviews from someone my age! I hope you're feeling better and I'm anxious to see your results.
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Don't let my recent photos scare you, it looks so much better now! Are you considering this surgery or have you already had it? Thankfully at my age I'm in good health, so it was just a matter of should I really do this. I'm so glad I did and if I'm feeling this good at almost a month, then in another month I'm sure I'll feel incredible! At least I hope so :) Good luck.
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Read your post and found it interesting. I am 51 and hopefully have a TT in June. The blood clot issue is very scarey. How did you know that this is what you had? How much pain were you in after the surgery. Thanks for your help.
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I've been in the medical field (Veterinary Nurse for 20 yrs) and for the past 7-1/2 years have been a medical transcriber and medical editor. I come across a lot of reports of DVTs and you just take in signs and symptoms of what to watch for. I did my reasearch on my doctor for three months. Looked at his facility and knew I was in good hands. That was first. The DVT is there with any surgery. My advice is walk, more than I did, the day after. I think I did not walk as much as I should have. Family, while great, won't push you when they see the hunched over, in pain person you are. So give them permission to make you walk once an hour no matter what you say! LOL Sighns and symptoms: pain behind my left knee, more painful w/walking and better when resting. Kind of a nagging pain like a charlie horse, ya know? I've been on Xarelto since January and had no hospital stay time :) I go back in 2 weeks for them to reultrasound both legs to make sure it is gone. I may be 50 but relatively acitve, helathy w/no family history of DVTs etc so my long term effects from this are very, very low. My current photo is out of date, I look so much better than that now and the scar is slowly fading :) Every day I look in the mirror and know it was a great decision for me. Now I have to work on the thighs!! LOL But I think that is much more do able than trying to get rid of hangging skin. Best of luck to you and don't worrie, you will be fine! Just research your doc, ask for a tour of the facility and look for cleaness. If they don't want to give you a tour, somehting is up ;) Take care.
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Thanks for all of your info. I have done exactly what you mentioned as far as researching the doctor, love your idea asking for a tour. I am going back for a 2nd consult. I know I want to move forward with this, but so, so nervous about the possible issues of being put under. I am 51 and active and healthy, but as one doctor told me obese. I weigh 169 pounds and am 5'3. My BMI is at 29, so I am right on the edge. I have lost about 7 pounds in the past 3 weeks, and hoping to lose another 10 before surgery. Easier said than done. The body does strange things after 50. :) Please keep posting updates. Thanks.
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You and are almost the exact same. I am 50, 5 feet 3 inches, and at the time of surgery was "glup" 175! I've come down to 167 now and working towards getting down to 130s. After surgery you really don't loose that much weight. Unless you have a lot to cut off, I think most of it was not eating too much. I got Norco for pain (eat something before you take it, trust me!) I didn't feel like eating too much but crazy as it sounds those instant mashed potatoes, bananas and toast helped. Take the pain meds every 4 hrs as they tell you, don't be a hero! I weaned myself off after 4 weeks to ibuprofen. After a week I would just strech out the time between the pills and eventually off. I'm so excited for you! I remember anticipating my surgery and reading about people who had theirs done already, jealous! I'll try to post a current, much more flattering, photo so you can see what my 5 month scar looks like. Take care and I'll be watching :)
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Thanks for all of your insight. Just received all of my wellness checks from the doctor and I am good to go.
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Hope it all went well. I'm sure you are sore and tired at this point. Post some pics when you are ready.
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hey....how are you doing?
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good luck and welcome;) i know your journey will be worth the efforts.
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