I have had abdominoplasty the procedure was done in April 2013 - Body Lift - Australia, AU

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I have had abdominoplasty the procedure was done...

I have had abdominoplasty the procedure was done in April 2013 and was successful. My next procedure is in 5 days time I'm having a body lift. Would like if anyone who has had the procedure could offer advice on pre op and especially postoperative things to expect and anything that helped them with their recovery. Will keep you updated on how I go.

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20 August 2013
Day 1
All ready to go having my op today. Arrived at 7:30am at the hospital, went into pre op at 10:30 lovely nursing staff. My Dr Cain at 12:00pm to draw the famous lines for the incision.not long after that I was in theatre and put into deep sleep came back to the ward at 4:30pm only to find myself lying on my tummy with a catheter, drip and oxygen. It's so uncomfortable because I can't move much.

Day 2

Managed last night all drugged up with pain killers..what a laugh having my breakfast on my tummy this morning. My Dr visited and put me at ease and said all went well. The nursing staff will be getting me up shortly. Dr said I can only stand or lye On my tummy I can't sit because it might burst the stitches.lm told the drip and the oxygen can be removed today....2 less obstructions Yey!! I would rate my pain level an 8 out of 10 but it's been controlled with panadol and trammel. The nurses just got me up felt faint and broke into a cold sweat terrible feeling thank goodness I have a catheter and I don't have to get up so much. It's a bit later on have got up successfully after this morning another 3 times.


Had a bad night with hot sweats and feelings of vomiting. This morning I discovered a massive water blister on my tummy from an allergic reaction to the plaster. Dr sails all plasters to be removed and have been given a compression garment. Taken out catheter today finding it difficult gettin in and out of bed. Just had a long walk around the wards can't face lying on my tummy it is so uncomfortable, would be so much easier if I could sit. I'm dreading it when I have to pass a stool anyway will have to deal with it when it happens. Otherwise I'm feeling much better this evening. From what I can see and feel it looks like a job well done. As soon as I get home I will post some pic, silly me I forgot to take pics pre op but will try and find some old ones.

Day 4

So difficult lying on my tummy so was up at 5 am walking round the wards. Dr visited said to remove all dressings and hopefully all drains will come out tomorrow. After my shower the nurse removed all dressings and everything is looking good. So far the pain hasn't been that bad only thing against is not been able to sit down. I found the abdominoplasty was more painful and thr recovery longer. At long last I past the dreaded stool without much fuss.this was my biggest fear pre op because when I had the abdominoplasty it was the worst thing to go through. This time I prepared myself by taking 2 table spoons of lactulose 2 days pre op and the same dosage post op every day, this was the best thing I did I feel so much better now. Anyone going in for a op my advice or tip is to keep your stools soft because all the pain medication and anaesthetic causes constipation.

Day 5

After removing my drains I was discharged round 1:00pm today. It didn't hurt removing the drains just a funny sensation so all is good.
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