38 Year Old Mom of One. I Had Panniculectomy Done and I Dont Really Know Why - Abu Dhabi, UAE

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I have gone through so many cycles of weight gain...

I have gone through so many cycles of weight gain and weight loss. as a result I ended up with sagging skin. I has so many things going on in my life that I decided to go for a panniculectomy. I dont know whether I did the right thing. only time will show... I completed 7 days post op and I don't see major effects so far.

Day 14 post op

Okay, today is my day 14 post panniculectomy. Things are somehow better. I am still swollen but it is getting better. Yesterday I went to the mall with my daughter but I was not able to walk for more than 20 minutes. My back hurts because I am unable to stand straight until now. I feel my skin is really tight. I am afraid I might rupture my sutures if i attempt to stand straight. my doctor told me that by day 10, i should be able to stand straight. I have an appointment with her next Monday and I will ask her whether this is normal (it may all by psychological!)
One of the liposuction incisions got infected, and I started to apply antibacterial cream to it. I noticed it when I was taking a shower this morning. Let's hope it heals soon.
On a positive note, I started to eat right, and watch my food. I can't wait to start exercising again.
I am taking my weekly progress picture, and I will upload them soon.
Good luck to all realselfers and happy new year.

Day 15

I completed two weeks since my Panni. My abdomen is still swollen. it's a strange feeling. It's not exactly pain, but it's numbness plus a very uncomfortable feeling. when I touch my tummy, it annoys me. I hope that feeling will subside with time.
I am 5.5" and before surgery I was 177 lbs ( I was 132 lbs exactly two years ago! I accept my failure to maintain my weight loss, but I decided to move forward and not kill myself over it) I don't want to check my weight because I am still swollen and I know that the scale will not show any major differnece. I realize that Panni and lipo will not really cause a major weight loss, as much as change my shape. Regardless of what the scales show (planning to weigh myself end of January), I will not feel discouraged. After such a major surgery, I should be motivated to maintain a healthy lifestyle with regular exercising and eating right at least 80% of the time.
Removing a part of me still makes me sad.. sometimes, I can't stop wondering that a part of me is buried somewhere I don't know... I know it's weird but... just wanted to write it down and share my feelings with realselfers....
Tomorrow is my second appointment with my doctor....
Will update you soon.
Happy healing everyone.

Day 19 post Panniculectomy

Dear Realselfers... Here's an update.
I saw my PS on day 15, and she was happy with my results. She removed the bandages and I got to see myself in the mirror without the bandages for the first time.. I don't know how to describe my feelings.. The panni is gone and I am happy about that, but the scar is a little high and it is not symmetrical. I am still a little swollen on the sides which may be causing the asymmetry. I also have a minor belly button infection but my PS told me not to worry about it and gave me a topical antibiotic cream to apply daily.
Regarding the pain, it's minimal. I am still a bit sore. I am trying to walk straight, and although I am much better than last week, I still tend to bend when I walk especially if I have been sitting for a while. I also had liposuction of my tummy and my flanks. The area is hypersensitive.. I feel like ants crawling under my skin and it's painful to touch...
I am grateful to God that I am almost back to normal...I want to be as healthy as I can be.. my PS encouraged me to start exercising after 4 weeks. I have started to eat healthy (most of the time)
I have created a small motivational quote and hung it on my fridge where I get to see it everytime I think of binging... it says "Remember your skin.... " It reminds me of what I have been throught. I remain hopeful that after a few months, and with healthy eating and working out, my final results will be good.
Happy healing everyone.

Day 25

Yup! it's been 25 days since I had my Panniculectomy. things do get better! My pain is much better. The swelling has improved compared to the first two weeks, but my tummy is still swollen and the swelling gets worse after walking... sometimes it is so bad that I can't sleep. Thank God, it is not that common. My bruises from the liposuction have subsided, but I still feel some pain, numbness and discomfort on my sides and back. My PS reassured me that this is normal.
I was planning to start exercising last week, but I got busy with a NEW JOB! It is a little stressful but I pray to God that things will get easier as I learn how to do things right in the new place.
I promised myself to take care of my body and that's what I am going to do..
Exercise is going to be my priority this year.
Happy healing everyone.
Dr. Sahar Al Kadhi

She is competent, and listened to my concerns.

4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
4 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
4 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
3 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
3 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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