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Tummy Tuck and Exercising - San Antonio, TX

I am currently 13 days Post OP and feeling great....

I am currently 13 days Post OP and feeling great. My PS was wonderful he answers all my concerns and was very caring. I was very soar the first three days but the medication kept me sleepy; therefore, I didn't feel much. I started walking around that first night at home and walked every 2 hours for a few minutes. I am still swollen and sometimes I get sharp shooting pains, but my PS said that this is due to nerves repairing. I drink plenty of water, at least 60 ounces a day, this helps my swelling. I have not gone through any depression but I totally prepared myself before the surgery. I am very realistic that is a process and I don't expect miracles.

I do have a question. How soon can I start a light exercise program? I would like to start by walking on the treadmill and hopefully build myself back up to my regular work out routine.

OK, today was my first day back at work. I began...

OK, today was my first day back at work. I began to swell up from the parking lot to the building. I was very worried because I am a PC tech at a hospital and walk all day, but the branch chief was kind enough to let me work the helpdesk while I recover. My swelling became pretty bad so I went to visit my great friend in surgery and he assured me that the swelling was normal, (He helped perform my surgery.) He looked over my scar and said that I was healing nicley. I feel very lucky that I am just walking distance from these fine doctors and nurses. I don't have any pictures to post but I will take some next week at my 1 month post, (WOW, I can't believe that it has almost been a month.) i hope that everyone is doing well.

So glad that I did this. Love seeing my pre mommy...

So glad that I did this. Love seeing my pre mommy tummy back..

Today is my 3 wk post-op anniversary and I am...

Today is my 3 wk post-op anniversary and I am feeling pretty good. I made to the building from the parking lot without swelling, woo-hoo! I did start to swell some mid-afternoon but I was not too bad. The only thing that I am concern with is that my stomach becomes hard whenever I cough or sneeze. It will only become hard around my BB, but does go away after a minut or so. Is this normal?

I got my stage two garment today and it is not...

I got my stage two garment today and it is not very flattering. I have to squeeze into a corset that go from my thighs to my chest. I have all theses snaps and zippers everywhere, its going to take me longer to get ready in the morning.

I have been cleared by ps to start working out...

i have been cleared by ps to start working out again. I went to the gym this morning and did 30 minutes on the eliptical with level 6 as max resistance. Did a few abductors for my inner thighs. Funny how before surgery I could squeeze 90 to 100 pds and this morning I could on squeeze 40 pds. Baby steps is the key to a full recovery. I gained 10 pounds while recovering and that was an eye opener.

I will post pics this week

I have not had a chance to take pictures because I...

I have not had a chance to take pictures because I have been busy getting ready for holidays. I will post some soon.

Here is a quick update: I am now 6 weeks post op and I have been going to the gym regularly. I am still very careful when it comes to my weight lifting but I am getting better at my cardio. My daughter and I jogged last night, I jogged one block and then walked the next. We did this for about one mile. Tonight, I did 30 minutes on the eleptical and some leg presses. Still wearing the binder because I feel like I can move around better when I have it on. I am still swelling but it is getting better.

Thank you everyone on this forum. I appreciate all of y'alls (I am from Texas, LOL) input and encouragement.

Can't wait for the summer. I have not taken my kids swimming in years because of my body. I am taking control of my body and my life again!

Ok.. I am now almost 16 weeks post-op and I am...

Ok.. I am now almost 16 weeks post-op and I am still very happy. I do have swelling and my doctor wants to do a little more lipo and correct some small dog ears, but thanks to everyone's comments, encouragement, and experiences posted on this website I did not freak out and knew that this is not uncommon.

I am happy that the worst is behind me and that I can begin to move on with my daily activities. I did slip up and stopped exercising because I did not know what exercises I could and could not do. Now, I just listen to my body and don't push myself too hard. I had to create a new exercise regiment that works for me while I am recovering.

I just wanted to thank everyone because you helped me during my early stages of recovery and continue to help and encourage me today.

I read one person's review about dog ears. I will take some pictures and post them tomorrow. hopefully the images will help someone who is wondering what they look like.

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Dr K is a great doctor. He takes care of his patients and takes pride in his work. If I have a question, he is always available.

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I know I am way late on here, so I'm only hoping to maybe get a reply. How did you get the referral to the PS? Did you contact the PS Dept. at Ft Sam or did you have to get your regular pcm to give you a referral? Thanks :)
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I'm trying to the same information roseyboa but she still has not responded I wrote her last April.
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Its been a long time she might not get the messages anymore. I will just ask my Dr. Atleast i have a general idea what it might cost me at a military facility.
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If you don't mind can you also let me know, I was thinking about calling the ps at Sam Houston.
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I am interested in this doctor is he on the base in San Antonio
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hi there my name is maira and i have four kids and i was looking for a tummy tuck and i found u i saw ur pix u come out very good after ur surgery....just wanted to ask u do u think ur docters price changed or is it around wat u payed...
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Thank you for the update!  You look really good.
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Just wanted to say thank you to everyone. It is so nice to receive an email notification on my phone with everyone's encouraging words. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
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Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family :)
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You are going to be one hot mama on the beach this summer! 
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Thank you.. :-) I have devolped a small dog ear on my left side. :-( I am going to talk to my PS about it. Its very small but I know its there.
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Keep massaging that firmly and it will help some.  The dog ears sound pretty common and can be fixed easily.  You will come out ok:)
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U LOOK GREAT
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Thank you.. I have no regrets. I just read your post and I have to say, you are funny. I'm glad they moved your post back too. This is a great forum.
How are feeling?
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feeling good
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Way to go at getting back to the exercising - doesn't it feel great??? Take it slow & enjoy it all!
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It does feel good to be back in the gym. It is my therapy. It is a time when I can focus on just me. I am taking very slow but I am feeling stronger.
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Take small baby steps your first month back in the gym.  It is going to hurt and you want to be safe about it.
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Kimmers, how long does the swelling last? My PS said that I don't have to wear the binder anymore, but I swell up so much when I don't wear it. This is getting annoying, lol.
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Oh the swelling lasts for weeks/months.   My swelling finally started to be minimal at six months.   I am now seven months and when I exercise I SWELL!!   It is crazy but I need to exercise so I just tough through it.  I just started back on Ab work at six months but not hard core.  I am going to ease back into full blown ab work over the next five months.  It still hurts!

When I was at your point I was going to the gym 4 times a week and doing light cardio only and I did swell.  If you feel better wearing the binder definitely do. 

This is a long process; much longer than I ever anticipated but I am still happy with the results and glad I did it.

Hang in there!
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Yah, the swelling is very annoying. I keep telling myself that this normal and it will pass. I am back to wearing my binder just because it feels so much better when I have it on. I am going to see my PS assistant tomorrow just for a few quick check up.
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I see my ps tomorrow and I am hoping he will give me the ok to workout. I feel as if though I am gaining weight. My coworker says that I'm not but I feel swollen all over, lol. If he doesn't give the go ahead then I will really need to watch my calories and try to eat clean. I will update everyone.
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let me know how the working out is going because i also go to the gym and was wondering when i could start back.
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My PS cleared me for light cardio and very light weight lifting; however, I am swelling up so much when I exercise and walk around that I think that I will just do the eliptical for a cpl weeks until I heal more. I wear my binder during exercising and this helps a lot! I miss my workouts and my gym..
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I started light exercise at week 3 and moved up intensity from there. Started weight training at week 6. I didnt get any swelling after i got back to the gym. I actually looked much flatter and definition started to show.
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