Is recovery as rough the second time around?
- Fort Riley, KS
- 1 month ago
On August 22nd I had a full tummy tuck. Recovery was horendous. I was only given enough pain meds to last for 2 days, the skin at one of my drain sites ripped, a hematoma occurred during surgery, causing me to wear drains for 3 weeks and 2300 ccs of dark red blood had come out by the time it resolved. By the appearance of my abdomen I suspected I was botched and went to a second surgeon for a second opinion (the initial surgery and second opinion was insurance covered since I'm a massive weight loss patient) where this was confirmed. The surgeon who did this was board certified but did not have enough experience with massive weight loss patients. My new surgeon is very experienced in massive weight loss patients and after speaking with me thoroughly and explaining exactly what he is planning on doing, I feel very confident he can fix this.
My husband took care of me after the first surgery. He is active duty Army and is deployed until late summer. My botched abdomen is really bringing me down and causing mental distress, so I would like to get the revision as soon as I can, which will be in February since my new surgeon requires a 6 month wait for revisions after initial surgery. My best friend can take a week off work to stay with me and care for me. The second week she would need to go back to work, but she would be staying with me since she works less than 2 miles from my house, so she will be there in the morning to help get my kids ready for school, at lunch to check on me, and after work to care for me. I know every person recovers different, but we suspect my recovery was so rough because of the way the surgery was done. My girls are 8 and 10 and very self sufficient, and their school doesn't give out homework. My question is, is the normal recovery as rough as what I experienced? If you had a revision was it as rough the second time around? Did you find yourself more self sufficient on week 2?