Tummy Tuck: StoriesWrite a Review
10 weeks post op- can anyone sleep on their tummy yet? I can't!!! Lol!
- Bag snob
- updated 11 months ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $7,500
- Adam Tattelbaum, MD (Maryland)
My consult is scheduled for Tuesday March 20th!...
- 13 Mar 2012
My consult is scheduled for Tuesday March 20th! Any one with advice or questions you forgot to ask that you think may be helpful please post and i'll ask them! Lol! If you have experience with Dr. Tattlebaum, I'm interested in hearing from you too.
Those of you in recovery, I am reading your stories and praying for all of you and so excited for you! All of your advice is so valuable. This is a very serious surgery with a difficult recovery and the tips and advice from all of you is paramount!
I had my consult with Dr. Tattlebaum and I was...
- 21 Mar 2012
I go between feeling nervous, anxious and excited!...
- 27 Mar 2012
Thinking about painting my powder room Friday,...
- 28 Mar 2012
I received my call of surgery time. My surgery is...
- 30 Mar 2012
Surgery was today. I will post a more...
- 2 Apr 2012
My advice, BUY a Toilet rise. My pooty breaks have been wonderful!
Wow, sorry for the typos in April 2nd update, was...
- 3 Apr 2012
I was then taken to the nurses station and talked with my recovery nurse and anestesiologist. Everyone was professional nice and comforting. My iv was started which makes me cold. I am wrapped in warm blankets and asked some family history questions. My husband is brought in and the nurse goes over milking the drain, my post op appt, do's and donts and how to clean and change my dressing. I am encouraged to call if any issues questions or concerns and informed of signs that need their immediate attention. I was given a breathing Spirometer with instructions to use it every hour I'm up for 10 blows to encourage healthy breathing through the compression binder. ( hard to do with binder, but I'm doing everything they ask) I kiss my husband goodbye and a, taken to operating room. I'm placed on table and here the anestisologist nurse and doctor tell me I'm in good hands and they would see me on the flat side. I'm immediately drunk feeling and woke up to my name and being advised it was over and I did great! I'm given sips of water and placed in a recliner. I'm told if I can't urinate, I'll be sent home with a catheter that my husband was instructed on how to remove. Upon hearing that, I drank up and went to bathroom! Lol. I was in recovery for about 2 hours then released to go home. We drove home and the commute was a tad rough. My pain was about a 4 but I began feeling so nauseous. When we finally got home,i had my daughter run in the house and grab me a banana. I had a few bites and was feeling better immediately. I got out of car walked hunched over with my hubby and daughters assistance and then up the stairs to my room. The stairs were hard for me. I changed clothes, went to bathroom ( which was super easy with toilet riser) and then took my meds. I then sat in my recliner for awhile but wanted my bed, so we moved me to bed. I have wedge pillows and regular so made bed my sanctuary. I didn't sleep well last night but have been in and out of sleep today.
Dr. Tattlebaum has called me twice to make sure I'm ok and my nurse Jamie also called. I have 1 drain and have been emptying and recording as needed. Day 1 post op is much more manageable then the day of surgery so I feel good knowing that the pain is manageable. I have been walking around my upstairs to keep things moving at least every couple of hours and have been going to bathroom well. No number 2 yet, but I took MOM this morning along with a stool softener and citrucel. I cleansed Sunday night to make sure I wasn't backed up going in! I cannot shower until my drain comes out so I pray it comes out Tuesday when I go to my post op appt. I haven't removed my binder yet, but boy do I look flat! So scared to look, but will likely do that tonight and give you ladies a preview picture! as for food, u haven't been eating to much, just bananas, pineapple water, water, water, ginger ale and crackers.
I know I'm swollen and that I will have good days and bad, but I am going to try my best to stay positive. Thank you so much for all the prays and well wishes and for sharing your stories! They have been so valuable to me! I hope my story helps someone as much as all of yours have helped me! The sisterhood on this website is the best!
1 day post op photo posted.
- 3 Apr 2012
I am 5 days post op and my PS doesn't allow...
- 7 Apr 2012
Anyway, my only other gripe is the back pain! That is NO JOKE! Ok, just needed to bitch. It's really not so bad, just want a good long shower and to be free of my big dangling bulb! Back to your regularly scheduled programming! Time for me to go sling soap and water at the fam! Love you, my tummy tuck family!!!!!
Happy Easter my sexy tummy tuck bunnies! Don't...
- 8 Apr 2012
I am 7 days post op today!!!!! While it hasnt been...
- 9 Apr 2012
I will be pressuring him to allow me to shower (i havent been in my shower since last MONDAY) but i have been enjoying a sponge bath twice a day to the delight of my husband and daughter! (if you are reading my postings you already know I caught them talking shit about how much of a soapy watery mess i make during my sponge baths! LMAO!
I also think I may take my FX silicone scar sheet in with me on my visit. My scar dressings fell off rather quickly, probably during one of my splish splash events, but when i called and asked him about it, he said by then i should be dry and if i saw any leaking areas to dab them with a clean cloth and apply an antibiotic ointment. I have been super diligient about keeping things around the scar dry and have not sprung any leaks. I am pretty fair skinned so want to get on that scar treatment right away. Maybe i can get him to apply that silicone sheet for me! i understand it is easy to maintain and clean off and reapplies pretty well. It is effective for up to 12 weeks and had excellent reviews. I ordered it off of Makemeheal.com.
My back isnt hurting near as bad as it was even yesterday! Got some great advice from Jamby to use a back massager, which i will say did releive alot of pressure. I havent taken any hard meds today, only Tylenol and my antibiotic, arnica and bromelin.
I noticed that my contoring changes almost by the hour! One minute i look all cut up and thin through the flanks and the next I look chunky. I suppose its the swell hell! Who cares, atleast that nasty bulge is gone! He did an excellent job in my opinion so far. Dr T was insistent that I did not need lipo on my flanks which i battled with him on. In the end he won. He told me to trust him that I had a nice curve there and lipo could make it loose and flabby! When I heard that I relinquinshed. He did however give me a little lipo around my waist near the back to help nip it in. Im happy with it, but boy is it tender! Lipo is no joke! Really hurts back there and I am wondering if that is contributing to some of the horrific back pain I have been experiencing. I will update tomorrow after my appointment! If he doesnt let me shower, will one of you bail me out of jail cause I'm going to fight somebody in that office if I dont get the shower clearance! Later loveys!
I still have that pesky drain, but I can shower...
- 10 Apr 2012
New pics added. Showering with an exersise band to...
- 12 Apr 2012
2 week (14 day post op pic) My drain is...
- 16 Apr 2012
My drain is scheduled to come out tomorrow at 15 days post op but I am still putting out over 30 cc's a day so I am going to reschedule and shoot for Thursday. I am so anxious to get it out, but when its not your time, its not your time. Littled bummed about that, but will persevere! At exactly 2 weeks post op today, I must admit I feel like a completely different woman than I did this time last week. Perhaps the daily showers are helping but I no longer take pain meds unless I take something at night just to help me sleep. One thing I have learned from my tummy tuck family is to take it easy once the drain does come out to help prevent setbacks or that damn seroma meany. Im thinking if I can get it out on Thursday I will take the weekend to lay extra low in an effort to help offset any issues. Back pain has improved vastly also and I am no longer walking like an ape, more civililized now, more like a caveman! Happy healing ladies!
I went in today for my 2 week post op appointment...
- 19 Apr 2012
Now just have to take it easy to lower risk of seroma and see him again in another week. I had some hardness right above and at my incision line that I was concerned about but he assured me it was nothing but healthy healing scar tissue. Said it will peak at 12 weeks and that I'm healing and looking well. Said he was pleased with my results so far but warned me against doing too much and stated that I still have some swelling and he expects a lot more improvement in my final result. I ordered a waist cincher from hour glass website and was cleared to transition into spanx. I think i will stick with binder ( i personally like the support) until my waist cincher arrives. Today was a good day!
Today marks 3 weeks post op for me! My how the...
- 23 Apr 2012
As of Monday I am officially 1 month post op! It's...
- 1 May 2012
Overall I am very happy with recovery and results and feel so blessed to have not had any complications. I feel bad complaining about not fitting in my jeans or feeling bloated when I read some of the more serious issues some of the ladies are going through so i will just count my blessings today and whine and complain another day! I hope everyone is healing nicely and getting the results they want! My thoughts and prayers are with those of you just begjnnimg your journey! Until next week!
1 month post op pic
- 1 May 2012
Hello Ladies! I am 2 months post op (officially as...
- 25 May 2012
My love affair/obsession with my binder has finally been tapering off. I have been trying my best to sleep without it and not wear it for the last 3 weeks. I am only wearing spanx and sometimes not even that. I noticed when I stopped wearing the binder my swelling came full force then subsided. I am very pleased to report also that I can finally wear all of my previous clothing and have even dropped a size! I have lost a total of 19 pounds since the procedure. At 6 weeks post op I began light walking of about 2.5 miles about 4 days a week and now I am back in the gym. I am not doing any serious ab work but am trying to do some light standing ab work, again, very scared to do too much. I go back to Dr. T at the end of June and will see what he thinks then will kick it up another notch if he says go for it. After I work out I am very swollen for about 2 to 3 hours after. It is horrible and very uncomfortable but I think its just going to have to be the way it is. Its funny to lose so much weight in such a short period of time and not have any of it effect the result. None of my weight loss came off of my stomach. It appears to have come off of my face, arms and hips. I need that crap to come off my thighs!!!!!! LOL! Maybe next round! Well, I will post again at 3 months, until then, happy healing to you ladies and good luck to those approaching your surgery!
Hi ladies! Quick question, I feel great, looking...
- 10 Jun 2012
My Doctor: Adam Tattelbaum, MD
So far I'm pleased! Dr. Tattlebaum is professional and makes you feel very comfortable. Very pleased in my choice of him. I found him to be very calming and comforting and for me that is so important. Dr. Tattlebaum is a skilled surgeon and explains the risks the benefits and having realistic expectations. I would use Dr. T again and highly recommend him for a tummy tuck!