Drainless Tummy Tuck - Day 8 post op: My sleep has been so off... Could it be the pain meds?
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Drainless Tummy Tuck
Drainless tummy tuck is an advanced technique for abdominoplasty in select patients who desire less discomfort in the post operative period. The procedure utilizes the bodies existing lymphatic drainage system which obviates the need for drains. Recovery without drains is managed in a similar way to any other procedure. Frequent follow up appointments allow your surgeon to monitor your recovery. The amount of post operative discomfort that you may experience is indidual and should be addressed by your surgeon.
Pain after No Drain Tummy Tuck
Recovering after abdominoplasty
Getting off narcotics as early as possible is in your best interest, but you may find taking one at night may actually still be necessary to help you get a little more sleep. It should never be taken specifically as a sleeping pill, but it may keep the pain from waking you up for longer periods of time. Your surgeon may also recommend an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen or a prescription medication like Celebrex instead of the narcotic at this point to help with your pain. You can also ask your surgeon about taking a little Benadryl to help you sleep at night as this works very well, especially is you are a little itchy from your garments or at the incision.
Don't stress the suture removal. You might have a few little pinches, but it shouldn't be anything horrible. It is probably along the same line as tweezing your eyebrows. Compared to what you have been through already, it is really not bad.
Best of luck during your recovery!