I researched Abdominoplasty for two yrs. Decided...
I researched Abdominoplasty for two yrs. Decided to go with Dr. Norris. 3 days post op and feel great. Pain is tolerable. I suggest the Exparel he uses for pain control. Post op days 1 & 2 not so good but pain tolerable. Dr. Norris' consultation very informative and leaves nothing out. Dr. Norris rocks!
Post op day 6
Appt with Surgeon yesterday. He stated that my scar looks good, it's healing well, my stomach muscles are sore like I have done 1000 sit-ups, Dr. Norris decided that my drains need to stay put for one more week. I went out yesterday after my doctors appt and had lunch at Cheddar's. Watching my sodium intake very closely but it felt good to eat real food. Sodium makes you swell in excess of the swelling you are already gonna do. I ate grilled Salmon with ginger rice, steamed broccoli with corn and topped it off with peach crisp ala mode. Needless to say I could only taste small amts of each and save the rest for later, I can't fill my belly like I used to. I thought this journey would be bad but it's been very tolerable.
So excited today! My Faja compression garment has finally arrived...there was some issues with my local mail carrier ????...but any way...it's just what people said on other sites...it runs small...I wear a medium but had to get a large according to the chart...great material...it's better than the binder they put on u at the hospital and it's better than the binder they gave me at my first PS appt...the crotch part is removable so when u have to pee...I will be wearing this one from now on...oh and it has 4 rows if clasp...luv it
Sooooooo...I was having horrible pain on my right hip on post op day 12...I woke up and literally was unable to move from sitting to standing position...my right hip hurt so bad...I called my PS and asked him to call me in some antibiotics...he did...but I felt horrible I had fever and chills so bad...today I feel much better...my JP drains were removed today...as soon as the drain on the right came out so did infected drainage and you could literally see that the drainage was infected...I am walking tall today...I feel so much better...so far I have taken 3 of my antibiotic pills and I can tell a complete difference...I started my scar gel therapy today that my PS has given to me...I'm going to wait until I finish my antibiotics before using my faja again...one of the complications that come with the surgery...I'm just glad I have bounced back very quickly...don't know how or what caused the infection on that side...I had my JP drains for 13 days
Gift to self
Today I am 6 weeks po...I went back to work last week...I wear my faja all day and I don't wear anything at night and I am flat in the morning...after being on my feet for long hours the faja really keeps the swelling to a minimum...once I get home and take the faja off it feels better...I use aloe gera gel, cocoa butter stick and vitamin e oil for my scar...I massage the scar with all 3...I gear some people say they itch on their scar...I have yet to itch...I had that silicon scar therapy thing but it makes my scar so red and irritated on the right side...I stopped using it...the faja applies enought pressure to the scar...I am loving my new belly...it's so flat...I can't wait to see my 3 month mark...I have got to stop eating...the vitamins make me eat some kinda terrible...I was trying to gain some of my weight back because I lost so much weight after surgery...taking care of your body after a tt is a lot of work...u have to pay such close attention to what u do and how...hope the rest of you ladies are healing swiftly and safely
26 Nov 2016
2 months post
I am now 10 weeks po...I still have abdominal muscle spasms when I sit to long...I wear my faja at work for support from swelling...I don't sleep in it...I feel swelling around my bb and the area between the bb and incision...it moves around sometime's it may feel swollen above or below or all at once...I know I have a long road to go...my tummy does not bulge out but I can feel it...my belly still feels tingly around the bb area but I just massage my belly every day...I hope by the 12th week I feel more normal