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5 weeks PO pictures....some residual swelling and scar looks more red than 2 weeks ago. Happy with results so far!!
- updated 4 months ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $7,700
I have been reading story after story, and thought...
- 19 Nov 2012
- 20 days pre
I have been reading story after story, and thought it was time to share mine since my surgery date is in 3 weeks!! I have been thin all of my life other than with 4 very large pregnancies, which left me with redundant skin on my belly. I am 5' 6" and weigh between 115-118 lbs. For years I have been thinking of a tummy tuck. When I was in my 30s, my body was livable and didn't bother me to the extent it does now. I am now in my 40s and with age and gravity, the redundant skin just seems to get worse and more saggy, bad/noticeable when I bend over. I am in pretty good shape through walking and yoga. My goal is to wear a shirt tucked in and not have the dreaded "muffin top". Three years ago, 2 different surgeons told me that if I went with a "mini" TT, I would not be happy and would end up with a hooded belly button. One of those same surgeons told me recently at a consult that he could do a "mini" TT with lipo but that I would be left with some wrinkled skin around the belly button. I made the decision to go forward with the full TT because I don't want to pay all that money, go through the surgery and recovery, and in the end not be happy with the results. I am nervous yet excited. Thanks to all the women who have shared their experiences through this.... it has made a world of difference. It has been encouraging and comforting to connect with other women regarding all the emotions that go along with having PS.
Of course any advice, comments, input, etc.. would be so appreciated :-)
I decided that I should probably write an update...
- 14 Dec 2012
- 4 days post
I had my TT on Monday, 12/10 at 11:45 a.m., was in the OR for 2 hours, in recovery maybe 30-45 minutes and then sent home. Once home, I immediately laid down and pretty much rested but got up and down several times throughout the evening. I told my family that I hurt my back and thus the need to be on my bed on a heating pad.
PO day 1 = walking about 90% erect, not much pain at all, just felt very, very tight, and also pretty tired. I think the fatigue was from the Valium that my surgeon gives post-operatively. I spent a good portion of the day on my bed, but again up and down frequently.
PO day 2 = Still walking about 90% erect, not a huge change from day 1 other than not quite so tired. Actually drove down to the corner store in the afternoon but came immediately back. Not much in the way of pain but still very, very tight. I actually made a simple, quick dinner for my family.... chicken and made a salad, in the kitchen for about 30 minutes. Lower back extremely sore this day due to abnormal gait and by evening I had to get in bed very early.
PO day 3 = Walking about 95% erect for most of the day until evening. I have found that the longer I am up and moving about, the more hunched I tend to become. Did laundry, picked up house, drove to the corner to get a coffee. Not really any pain, more just discomfort and tightness, like if I move wrong the stitches will break open.
Today is PO day 4 = so far so good, although don't think I'm walking quite as straight as yesterday. The incisions feel very dry and tight.
I took a shower on PO day 2. I never had drains. I am wearing a CG but nothing over the incisions, no steri-strips and it feels so exposed, like I want them covered. I like what I see so far. I feel very thick, which I know is due to the swelling, although I don't think I'm excessively swollen. I do feel tired today.
The biggest challenge for me so far is simply the fact that I was determined not to share this surgery with anyone other than my husband. Therefore, I have been trying to rest during the day and then when my kids are home in the late afternoon to evening, I am trying to be up a little more and acting like myself. I will update some pictures soon. I thought for sure my weight would be up with the swelling so I did not even weigh myself until today, not that it really matters, but to give an idea.... I was down 1 pound from the morning of surgery. I have not taken any measurements yet.
From all of the research I did beforehand, I honestly believe that the TT surgery is a very individualized surgery with many contributing factors, i.e. amount of work needing to be done, the patient's health status, the surgeon's technique, etc... I think there are so many variables that can make the recovery either easier or more difficult for some. To date, I feel very, very fortunate with my experience thus far. I'm leaning towards the rating of "worth it" but will hold off until the swelling goes down and I feel like my posture is 100% normal.
And a little more information for women who are on the thinner side.... I knew going into this that I would have a small vertical scar from my old belly button because there was not enough skin to pull all the way down.... I expected that the vertical scar would touch the long horizontal scar but in my case it does not; it is about halfway between my new belly button and the horizontal scar.... I am okay with it but was surprised and did not expect it to be that high, although I'm glad my surgeon did it that way rather than make the long incision higher.... my hip to hip incision is very, very low.
I am now PO day 6. I honestly cannot believe it...
- 16 Dec 2012
- 6 days post
Tomorrow I will be exactly 2 weeks out from my TT...
- 23 Dec 2012
- 13 days post
I just can't believe how much quicker the time has...
- 29 Dec 2012
- 19 days post
I am 5 weeks PO.... Feeling very bloated and still...
- 15 Jan 2013
- 1 month post