How long after tummy tuck can I commute 1 hour?
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Recovery time following a Tummy Tuck
This is a very important question mainly considering the cost of your procedure. The financial aspects should not come before safety concerns and the overal aesthetic goals, however it is still a very important part of planning and budgeting for your procedure I usually evaluate patients who travel for their procedures by first thoroughly reviewing their medical history to make sure that there are no conditions that may complicate the recovery process. Diabetes is one such example of a condition that may do so. Also, it is very important to consider the known, yet rare complications such as bleeding and blood clots that may occur after tummy tucks. The type of procedure and its goals in terms of how much skin is to be removed for example, will help in determining ones post operative recovery period. There really isnt a way to specifically give a time to a "travel date" recovery. Each paient is evaluated on an individual basis. I usually recommend staying in town for a week. Travel an hour a way may be appropriate after the first 48hrs as long as you are walking well after the procedure and the mode of transport is appropriate. Pain management under these traveling circumstances is also very important. Frequent stops to get out of the car and walk( used to try to prevent blood clots in the legs) is also a must if travel is an hour or longer. This is an important discussion to have when chosing your surgeon and evaluating very important safety and financial aspects of your planned procedure
Recovery after tummy tuck
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Working out the logistics is sometimes the hardest part of planning a surgery! To be cost effective for patients, when I treat patients who are traveling an hour or two away, I often recommend that they do an overnight stay in the hospital on the first night, as the cost at the local hospital is only an additional $150 for that first night. I see them in the hospital the next morning and if they do not have anyone to drive them home, once they are 24 hours post op, I allow them to take an Uber home. By their next visit, which is at one week, most patients are able to drive themselves in for follow up. I would not advise my patients to plan on driving at 2 or 3 days after surgery as they may still be taking pain pills and may not be able to safely operate a vehicle. Check with your surgeon and see how they handle out of town patients and they may be able to assist you. Good luck with your procedure!
Best wishes and good luck.
Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon
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I hope this helps :)
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