Sharing what I have learned- TT, Lipo
- Last updated: 8 months ago
I am a active 50 year old mom of two amazing boys! I decided to have a TT and lipo becuase I wanted to stop being so self conscious about the flabby belly I had. Pants didn't fit right, underwear didnt fit right and with my kids almost grown I decided to do this for ME! I'm sure most people reading this can relate! I have learned a lot and want to share for those considering this procedure or for those going thru recovery like me. As of today...I am 9 days post op.Get in shape BEFORE surgery if you have the time. This makes recovery so much easier! I started doing yoga 9 months before surgery. It made a HUGE difference.Eat well before and after surgery... fruits, veggies, lots of protein! Don't eat a lot of food for a couple days before surgery. It is common for anesthesia to make people nauseous.WATER!!!! DRINK, DRINK, and DRINK some more... staying hydrated helps your body. Yes.. going to the bathroom will be difficult at first but this will also help with constipation. The more you drink the less painful that first bowel movement will be. Anesthesia and pain meds can make you constipated.And as for bowel movements... start taking a stool softener as soon as you get home from your procedure. Take as directed but don't skip a dose. I continued taking it until I had a second BM just to make sure. Worked like a charm!Pain meds......I opted for a pain pump (extra charge).....best decision I EVER made. I am highly sensitive to pain meds so my surgeon suggested a pain pump. It lasted almost 2 1/2 days. In addition, I started pain meds on the day after my surgery. By the fourth day....I was off everything and now at day 9 I am taking only ibuprofen.Supplies you will need. Do yourself a favor...shop BEFORE surgery! Sterile non-stick gauze pads, 70% isopopropyl alcohol, cotton swabs, cotton squares or rounds (like used to remove eye makeup), antibiotic ointment, sterile non-stick pads (rectangular shape), waterproof medical tape, SNAP or button up pj's WITH POCKETS ( like a house dress....go to JC Penney's). Easy on and easy off and drains can be threaded thru the snap opening and put in pocket! Drains...they suck...they can get sore....but being able to put them in a pocket and move around is the best way I found to deal with them. It is easy to "strip or milk" the drain tubing if you put some alcohol on a cotton square and milk the tube that way! A tiny bit of antibiotic ointment applied with a cotton swab at the insertion site helps with the soreness.Get up and move like your doctor tells you!! It will be tiring but you will feel better! As for tiring...SLEEP!!! As much as you need to. Another tip......sleep in a recliner! Laying flat, turning and getting up will be difficult. Sleeping semi-upright is comfortable and makes it much easier to get up when needed.Your back will be sore from not standing up straight when you walk. This is normal.Showering feels great...how to handle drains???? I tape them to my chest using waterproof tape so my hands are free. Have someone help you shower especially if you're on pain meds. A chair or bench so you can sit in shower is helpful! Shower at the time of day you have the most energy! It takes a lot of time, and you will be tired afterwards.Compression garments...ask your doctor BEFORE surgery about a compression garment. Some provide them...others do not. If your surgeon doesn't, ask which brand they recommend and buy BEFORE surgery. Some doctors like you to wear an abdominal binder for a while but others like a compression garment. I bought a Rainey medical grade garment (stage 1 for right after surgery and stage 2 for later on) with straps and OPEN CROTCH!!! Open crotch is IMPORTANT so you don't have to take it on and off when going to bathroom. Don't worry....it doesn't get wet when you pee or dirty when you poop. I was a doubter but it works great. If you don't want to do laundry often...buy more than one!Keep a pillow handy.....this way you can brace it against your stomach if you need to cough or sneeze or start laughing. All 3 hurt like hell.FINALLY....YOUR SURGEON IS YOUR BEST FRIEND!!!! Call when you have a question, concern, etc. This is what they are used to! Follow instructions and you're recovery will be that much easier! I really hope this helps!! Good luck to anyone reading this!