45 Year Old - Lipo of Flanks, Back and Fat Pad Above Buttocks - Newark, DE
Hello All, I am scheduled for surgery on 4/21/16....
Day of surgery
Soon after arrival I was brought back to the prep area my PS came in, he marked me up and was kind enough to include the lower back fat area we discussed in his office in addition to the bilateral flanks. This area is like a fat pad above my crack area and I absolutely hate it.
Regarding recovery: I woke up in the recovery area and the nurses there were attentive, helpful and caring. I think I was there for 1-2 hours but it's hard to track the time. My surgery was at 10:45 and I think we left the surgery center to go home around 1:45.
Second thoughts: I didn't expect to have this feeling again but oh did I ever. It started as soon as I got in the wheel chair to come home. That is when the nausea and pain began. I guess the medicine was wearing off. It was a tough ride home but it seemed faster than the 50 minutes it normally takes. I was kind of out of it.
Pain: my pain level in the surgery center can be described as extreme soreness, upon our arrival home I could feel the pain kicking in on my right side. I can best describe this pain as extreme cramps after a really long run (about a 5 on my pain scale). My left side and lower back still mostly sore. I took 3 Advil when we got home and reclined on the couch with my feet up on a pillow. I attempted to eat toast but my throat is so sore I couldn't swallow the smallest bite. I was able to eat a 1/2 of yogurt, along with milk and hot tea. Then I took a long nap.
After my nap, my 22 year old daughter helped me off the couch so I could walk around. I walked for a few min and felt lightheaded so I sat back down on my own. She made me some tea and I tried to take it easy. After 2 more hours I got up again, this time on my own. Yes, it hurt! I began to walk again. This time I didn't get lightheaded. The pain felt a little better as I walked more but it really hurt at first. I slowly circled the house for 1-2 hrs. After my walk I figured I would try to pee but the toilet seat was to low. Instead I used a large qt wonton container and that worked well. I was able to go without assistance but help was here if I needed it.
Speaking of help: Yes you need someone with you on your 1st day home! Now is not the time to be independent. I certainly underrated the recovery.
The compression garment is waist to thigh with zippers on each side with a much needed opening in order to use the bathroom. I like this one.
My after care instructions: lay with feet up and wiggle them for circulation, take it easy, keep garment on for 48 hrs. After 48 hrs remove garment, shower and put garment back on. I can expect oozing as this is normal. Protect furniture from oozing.
Sleep: I slept on the couch because we have power recliners. It makes it so much easier to get up. My husband slept downstairs with me in case I needed anything.
I guess that's it for now. I hope this review is helpful. It would be nice to know if anyone actually reads it. I wish realself had a counter so you could tell if your page has been visited. It would give a person more motivation to post updates. Otherwise it seems pointless.
Happy healing to all. Sorry no pics yet but they will come later. I am planning to do before and after side by side pics.
4 days post op
Happy healing my friends.
10 days post op
1 month post-op
Dr. Jonathan Saunders preformed the lipo as a follow up to my tummy tuck, he did not charge a fee for this surgery, I only paid for the surgery center fees. I love my new tummy and the extra lipo has helped enhanced my surgery results. I highly and recommend Dr. Jonathan Saunders.