Scheduled for 8/6 for Flatness - Tucson, AZ

I am 55, 5'9" and have been thinking about this...

I am 55, 5'9" and have been thinking about this for some time. Reading the reviews have me nervous because of the pain and swelling. Scheduled for 8/6 and my PS requires all TT to spend the 1st night at her facility. It seems from the reading the road to recovery is after 4 - 6 weeks with less pain, but still swelling. Realizing everyone is different, if someone could direct me to a review that has a lot of information would be helpful. I've read there are different types of sutures, am I correct? I know what items I may need during recovery. Whatever recommendation anyone can give would be appreciative. I am on this blog 3 or 4 times a day. Thank everyone in advance.

After reading all the reviews I was left with a...

after reading all the reviews I was left with a whole lot of quesitons. I contacted my PO and we had along talk. My PO gives 2 pain medicine and prior to stiching the patient up, the doctor injects a numbing medicine. I was told to take ibuprofen along wtih my pain medicine which should help the back pains. After surgery a binder garment is placed on the patients. At the 1st post-op the patient is switched to a girdle garment. Now here is the hard and trickey part - I'm hunched over and each time i need to use the bathroom, i have to push this garment down and then up and to add insult the drain is still attached to you Okay - where is the sympathy with this. You can purchase crotchless garments - I mean we are talking about sensitiveness - right?. Why would i want to push and pull a garment that is already on a delicate part of the body is beyond me. Any comments ladies..........

For those that have had their tummy tuck, did your...

For those that have had their tummy tuck, did your doctor put you in a gridle a couple days (3) after surgery and with drains? If so, would you mind sharing your experience with me. I would like to know about pain, using the restroom & the effort it took to pull up & down.

Well time has finally come for me. I am scheduled...

Well time has finally come for me. I am scheduled for Monday. I havent read EVERY review, but have tried to read and skim what I had hope would give me an idea of what to expect. Hopefully what I put in this post will help someone considering or about to have their surgery. Had my Pre=Op last week. I got 6 prescriptions (antibotics, 2 pain relievers, valium, naval ointment & nausea). Was also given VitaMedica (Recovery that includes Bromelain & Arnica that goes under the tongue). Had to pay for the Clinical Support Vitamins (3 in the morning & 3 and the evening). My problem is that I have a phsycological (mis-spelled) problem swallowing pills. Started the naval ointment today (3 days before surgery) and will start my antibotics on Sunday. I think I have everything I need based on the Community's review of things needed. I got gauze, q-tips,Gas-x, ibuprofen, cottonelle disposables, mederma scar gel and Arnicare for massaging. Nervous - Hell Yes; Scared - Hell Yes even though I have been praying. I had an EKG a month aggo, so all I had to do was have blood work done, which has been completed,, I got 3 housecoast at K-Mart which button in the front. I believe the Community Manager stated that she was pantyless, so I have decided to go that route as well. The housecoats have pockets so my drain(s) should be able to slip into the pockets. I will be spending the night at their facility. I dont know if you cant consider it spending the night because I have an afternoon surgery and pick up is at 9:00am. Some thing is better than nothing - right? I rented an electric relincer for a month that has been delivered. My post-op appointment has already been scheduled for Thursday at which time I will be taken out of the CG and put into a gridle, which I am REALY SCARED TO DO. I just can not imagine pushing and pulling a gridle down every time I have to use the restroom. Please keep me in your prayers for a successful surgery, smooth healing and any suggestions that you'd like to send my way. I have to admit this site and the people that submit their picture and share their stories are life savers for us all. Thank You.

Believe it or not its 3:11am and I am wide awake. ...

Believe it or not its 3:11am and I am wide awake. As instructed took a valium did okay,but no longer sleepy. At this time, I dont feel -the anxiety (mis=spelled) that I was normally feeling. Just waiting to go. Have to be there at 1:00. Have things to do this morning to keep me busy. Last minute dusting, sheet changing and putting a few things out so that I won't be streatching (attempting). Well keep me in everyone's prayers for a successful surgery and a smooth recovery. Good luck to all other surgeries scheduled for today. Will update when I can.

Has anyone gone from recliner to a bed & if so how...

Has anyone gone from recliner to a bed & if so how did you do it? I've tried to get in my bed but when I lay in a fetal position it feels like I have plastic on my hps. I've used pillows but I just can't get comfortable. I am renting the recliner & they will pick it up on Friday. I bed has drawers underneath, but I do have a step stool. Any suggestions? I am 20 days post op & still slightly hunched over.

I am 7/8 weeks post op. I do have muse spasms...

I am 7/8 weeks post op. I do have muse spasms which drive me cray. They mostly come while I am in bed. I am walking straight, but I do find in the evening swelling &. Wanting to hunch over especially if I do too much during th day. I still have swelling but not as much as last week or the week before. I wasn't sure what "ken doll" meant, but as time goes by I understood what it means & felt I had it. The swelling in the area has gone down & my PS said it should be gone by 3rd month (we ill see). My incision was made in the area her my tighs meet my body. I am thankful for that. My BB is still healing, waiting or the scab to fall off. The lower part (abdomen belw the navel) feels like it is still stuck to my skin. Initially my whole stomach area felt that way & I guess as time goes on, the feeling is less & less. Still waiting on that waxing in the mounds area, but want to make sure everything is healed & there is no chance of getting an infection due to an area that hasn't healed because I couldn't see it. I still don't have 100% energy but I understand that is part of the process. I tip my hat to the ladies not as far a long as myself that have started exercising. Good for them. I have been using bio-oil & merderma gel like my life depends on it. The end of my incision are still noticeable but the other looks to have blended in & not noticeable. I got a pillow with the arms which helped me sleep in my bed. That's my update till my next PS Appointment which is the end of nov. I do continue to read & post comments. As probably each of us has said, this site has been wonders for me. Sharing & reading others journey has helped. I had days that I actually cried, but because of this site I knew why. Thank you everybody for just being there during all of our times. God Bless each of you.

I will be 3 months on 11/7. I still have swelling...

I will be 3 months on 11/7. I still have swelling from my navel on down & my vaj is also still swollen. Walking a lot, but after awhile I feel pressure & continue to swell up. Once home & resting the pressure subsides & swelling goes down but not completely one. I have strong pins & needles feelings but not as much. Watching what I eat, drinking a lot of water & watching my sodium intake. Otherwise I am doing wonderful. I know I am not 100%, but I know I am still on the right track & will eventually get there.
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