Best Positions For Sitting and Sleeping After Tummy Tuck Surgery? (photo)

what are the best way's to sit and watch TV and what about laying down to sleep . I have NEVER had any kind of surgery in my life and i really dont know what to do and i'm starting to freak out with only 14 days to my tummy tuck but i have lost 104 lbs and really need to fix all this

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Recovery after tummy tuck

Thank you for your question and congratulations on your weight loss.

One good position to sleep and sit after tummy tuck surgery is to recline in the "beach chair" posiiton with one or two pillows behind your head and one or two pillows behind your knees.

I hope this helps.

Nashville Plastic Surgeon
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Best position after a tummy tuck


Thank you for your question and photo. First of all, congratulations on your tremendous weight loss! I'm sure that you already feel much better and have improved your self-image which should only get better after your surgery. The best position after a tummy tuck is a reclining chair position.  This allows you to be flexed at your waist and this type of chair will also help you get up by using you arms which can be very hard to do in a complete recumbent position. Remember that it is important to get up frequently to walk around after surgery and make sure that you move your feet and legs often while in the chair. Best of luck with your surgery.

James McMahan, MD
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
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Sitting and Sleeping after Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Thank you for the question.

Many patients feel most comfortable sitting or sleeping on a recliner or bed  after tummy tuck surgery. The use of pillows beneath the knees and back will be helpful. You want to stay flexed/bent  at the waist to take attention off the lower abdominal wall incision line.

Best wishes.

Getting Up During Recovery

While you are in the first couple of weeks of healing after a TT, it is best to roll on your side to get up from bed or off the couch, while sure that you are wearing any compression garment that is suggested by your PS. This is not a standard restriction or rule, and if you are having any specific problems go ahead and contact your surgeon to see what may be best for you.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck recovery

Following the tummy tuck procedure, you should be in a flexed position to minimize tension on the incision sites by to bending at the hips (waist) in order to reduce tension on the newly tightened skin. A recliner chair is perfect for this purpose but a pillow beneath your knees and several at the head of the bed will work well also.


Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Try sleeping in a recliner...

It’s important for abdominoplasty patients to keep their abdomen flexed for one to two weeks following surgery.This avoids tension on the wound closure and minimizes the potential for wound breakdown and spread of the scar. Therefore we generally recommend that patients sit and sleep in a recliner chair with their knees and hips flexed for one to two weeks following abdominoplasty. Although patients may stay flexed while sleeping on their sides they sometimes turn and extend their backs reflexedly. This doesn’t happen in a recliner chair.
No two patients are the same and for this reason it’s important to individualize post-operative care. If you’re concerned about this issue, it’s important to discuss post-operative care with your surgeon.

Reclining after tummy tuck

Dear Buffyduck,

The best postition to sit and even sleep in after a tummy tuck is the reclined position.  It will minimize the tension on your scar while your newly stretched skin relaxes over the days following surgery.  Be sure to get up and walk several times a day and exercise your ankles and feet while reclining to prevent blood clots from developing in your legs.  Good luck!

Beach Chair Position is Best During Tummy Tuck Recovery

Hi there-

Your best bet is to simulate the position you would be in if you were reclined in a beach chair. This diminishes the tension on your abdominal repair and skin closure, and should be more comfortable for you.

Sleep position after tummy tuck

I generally recommend that patients sleep up on pillows for back support, lying on their backs and that, during the day, they rest in a recliner or elevated with a back rest on their beds.

Robert L. Kraft, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Great weight loss

It is best to sleep with the back elevated about 60 degrees to take the pressure off of the incision.  A lounge chair is great.

Miguel Delgado, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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