Bye Bye Belly!

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I will be 36 this month. I am a mother of 4 (5 now...

I will be 36 this month. I am a mother of 4 (5 now that we have custody of my step-daughter). My first birth was via c-section and was followed by 3 VBAC's. My oldest is 17 and my youngest is 4. Its safe to say that for 17 years I have been really uncomfortable with the appearance of my stomach. With a small frame, each of my babies being 9 lbs or better, my stomach is pretty much stretched beyond recognition.

Over the years I have thought constantly of having a tuck and have had 4 consults with different surgeons but still either felt like I was being selfish for even wanting one, felt guilty for considering spending that much money on myself vs my kids, or felt foolish for "risking my life" with an elective operation. As I've gotten older..and with eeach pregnancy, my stomach went from being flat with extra loose stretched bulgy and mis-shapen (still with loose sagging skin).

I started to experience alot if abdominal pain over the past few years, especially in the bulgy section of my stomach. I finally made time to go to the Dr and was informed that I have several hernias!! My hernia surgeons(2)are very thorough and patient and explained to me that they could certainly fix my hernia issues but that I should prepare myself that the appearance of my stomach would likely be worse that ever. They would likely have to cut me vertically, I would no longer have a navel and they could do nothing about my loose hanging skin. (My reaction...Ummmm worse??I dont think I can psychologically deal with my belly being WORSE) They suggested that I consult with a that they often operate with in situations like mine who could address my sag situation while they took care of the hernia business. I met with her and was thoroughly impressed. She was just as patient and informative and helped me to feel good about my decision to move forward with both procedures.

I figure if I now So here I am! I am scheduled for Hernia/muscle repair surgery with mesh and a full tt on March 1st. To say I am anxious would be an extreme understatement! i still feel a little guilty now and then but I know Im overdue to do something for myself and finally feel like I deserve it!!!

Had my ekg, physical and bloodwork today and my MD...

Had my ekg, physical and bloodwork today and my MD gave me the green light! The reality of this is finally sinking in.I know the next 16 days will fly by so my priority now is getting everything squared away for recovery.

The big event is 2 weeks from today!! My birthday...

The big event is 2 weeks from today!! My birthday is this Saturday. It will be wine/champagne-less though since I have given up all alcohol (and coffee) for about 6 weeks so far The coffee was harded to pass up than the wine! Ive switched to smoothies and fresh pressed juices. Will see if I can stick to it post-surgery.

Almost 5 months post (8/1) and feeling great! I...

Almost 5 months post (8/1) and feeling great! I actually had some swelling this past week or so...but will attribute that to the heat and working 13 hour days. Trying to relax and hydrate this weekend!!!
Michelle Zweifler, MD

Dr Zweifler came highly reccomended to me by the surgeons who were performing my hernia repair. From the moment I met her, she eased my fears, patiently answered all of my questions and quickly gained my trust. From her professionalism and bedside manner to her commitment to patient care...she was outstanding across the board.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 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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