38 Years Old, 3 Pregnancies, 2 by C-Section
I am still in the planning phase but plan to get...
2 More Months
Changed Surgeons and Booked Surgery Date
The reason I changed surgeons. Both seemed great and I have seen great reviews on both. One does a more aggressive skin lift but no upper abdomen lipo and the other is more conservative on the lifting of the skin but does upper abdomen lipo. I went with the surgeon that does the lipo because my biggest concern is the fullest in my upper abdomen
I hope I made the right decision as it was not an easy one.
2 Weeks To Go
I have a walker from when my sister had her surgery, just bought a recliner. I want to get a toilet seat riser. I pick up my meds at my pre-surgery appointment next week. I have lots of help between hubby, my sister and my kids. I took two full weeks off work and plan to telework half days for the following two weeks.
I didn't lose any weight but I have been exercising and trying to eat healthier. I will post all of my pre surgery stats the day before.
Feeling nervous but excited all at the same time.
1 Week Before Surgery
Made Final Payment and Received Gifts From Surgeon
I picked up my meds and have all the supplies I think I will need. My next steps are to wait, clean up really good since I won't do that for awhile (kids and hubby just don't donit the same), and go grocery shopping. I am very lucky that I have my husband, sister and a teenage daughter to help while I am recovery.
I am renting a recliner.
Bought a toilet seat riser and walker.
I think those are must-haves after reading all the reviews.
Getting nervous and excited. Less than a week to the flat side (I hope).
On My Way to the Hospital
Day 1 Update
Surgery about 3 hours, I think. I was released at 12:30 pm. Pain was about a 2 or 3 but I asked for pain meds before I left since I had a long drive home (about 1 1/2 hours). Got home still relatively pain free. Hubby helped me out of the car and up the porch. I have a power recliner, toilet seat riser, and walker. I have been able to get to the bathroom on my own and wipe as well (not sure if I can do that for #2 but we will see). Pain is still about a 3 when sitting but a 5 or so when I have to walk.
So far, all I really needed help with is getting out of the car and in the front door. I also need help putting the pillow under my knees.
I am certain tomorrow will be much worse but I am taking today for what its worth.
I haven't been hungry but forcing myself to get something down. I had a protein shake, greek yogurt and a few almonds so far today.
Not sure what the surgeon removed yet but he took pictures and will email them to me. Not sure if he will call tonight or tomorrow to check up on me.
Only one drain is draing but its draining a lot. It is positioned lower in the abdomen and the other is higher. I have drained 150 cc in the last 3 1/2 hours. I hope its normal but better out than in.
Epic Shower Fail
Pictures of What was Removed -not for the weak stomach
Feeling a Little Better Today
I managed to take a partial shower yesterday. I sat on a stool and washed my hair. I just let the water run over my body for about 5 min. I have clear wrap around my incision and no guage. I put the guage inside the garmet (full length from knees to over the shoulder). It isn't too bad but since it has an open crotch it feels tight around the opening and is a bit uncomfortable there and also causes the drain tube to press firmly on the pub area ( that just plain sucks). My pain sitting today is about a 2 and walking is about a 4. Still taking meds as prescribed even though I think I could wean off- just a little nervous as I don't want to feel the pain I had the day after. It was definitely the worst.
I think as long as I don't have complications, it should get better everyday now. My drainage is slowly a little:
Day 1: 245cc
Day 2: 165cc
Day 3: 155cc
I have two drains but only one drain is actually draining, nothing at all from the second one-wish I didn't have it. My follow up is Monday so I hope my drainage will be low enough to remove -they just suck.
Good Day Today
I have no pain sitting anymore -just a little uncomfortable. Walking pain has reduced to about a 3 and I think it is mostly just the tightness of the binder and not standing up straight. At this point, the worst pain is in the lower back when I am up (it can get to about a 7 or 8), but relieves itself when I sit.
I am moving a little faster today and can walk a little longer. I try to get up about every hour except for when I sleep, then it is just at med or bathroom time.
Still no BM. I took 2 TBS MOM yesterday along with my 3 doses of docolax. I am by myself today, my sister will come over around 3:30 so I wil take more MOM around 3:00 just in case I go and need help cleaning up.
The only nausea I have gotten so far was when I initially took off my garmet the day after.
I am keeping very careful records of my meds and eating. Not sure if I should change my diet or if what I am eating is good. Trying to mostly stick with proteins and less carbs.
I Know I post a lot of Updates but boredom has set in
I have been very happy with the quick responses from my surgeons office and the work he did, however I haven't talked to him since mu surgery. The hospital has called to check up on me but not him. I am not sure if that is normal but I would think he'd want to know how his patients are doing.
Feeling Really Good Today Except for the Drains
I feel like I could actually go out today but not with my drain situation. I see the surgeon in 2 days so hopefully they won't be an issue anymore. No more showers until they are gone. Sponge bathing will have to do.
I also decided I will space my pain meds out some today and only take half of what I have been and see how that goes.
Changed Garmets-Much More Comfortable
Had a Movement Today
Weighed myself again (I know I shouldn't but it is a bad habit). I am down another 2 lbs.
Measurements are what they were the day of surgery:
Under bust: 37"
Small waist: 36"
Belly button: 39"
I hope I see a good reduction once the swelling goes down.
Pre-surgery weight: 194
Today's weight: 186
No new pics yet, nothing looks changed.
Still With One Drain
I also wanted to show him the garment I bought but he preferred I wear the one he provided to ensure uniform compression but said it was fine to alternate. He also said he wanted me to start working on standing up straight and even arch backward into a slight stretch as long as it wasn't painful. I am allowed to walk as long as I don't get my heart rate up too high. Fat burning zone is okay bit not cardio zone. I will start taking short 15 min walks tomorrow a fee times a day and slowly increase each week.
I will ppst new pics tomorrow after I shower. I am just too exhausted today adter Dr visit and some shopping.
Another Day Down
I am able to walk as long as I don't get my blood pressure up so I have been going on a few slow mini walks since Tuesday.
I am supposed to get my last drain out tomorrow but still putting out about 35-40 cc every 24 hours. I will call today to see if they will be able to pull it or if I have to wait until Monday.
I have been eating pretty clean since surgery. I have only had soda twice. I do drink one cup of coffee with flavored creamer each morning but other than that, it's water, one can of pineapple juice (for swelling), and daily protein shake. I have tried to limit carbs but still have them. I haven't had many cravings except for ice cream once (but didn't partake) and chocolate (we had a fondue night with dark chocolate melted with heavy cream drizzled over fruit). It gave me my fix.
The only thing that changed so far are my hips: 42"
Pre-surgery weight: 194 lbs
Today's weight: 183 lbs
I am really not sure how to tell what is swollen but pretty sure I still am since I am less than 2 weeks post op.
Going to enjoy another beautiful day in the sun today: 75F
No new pics as I don't really see a change except for a little less bruising.
Still Stuck with this Drain ????
On a good note, I am going for my first lymph massage tomorrow morning. Maybe that will help push some of the fluid? Not sure how that really works but seems a lot of TT patients do them.
Happy Friday TT sisters!
2 Week Update with Pics
I think my swelling is minimal at this point but doc says it is definitely there. I have moderate "knots" in my upper torso-where the lipo was done. I am suppose to gently massage the area. I still have very minor bruising and tenderness especially in the upper torso. So far, I like what I see. The belly button will need some training but it's not that severe-yet. I think my scar looks pretty great, still have some glue and scabbing.
Measuremeants at 15 days post op
Under bust: 36"
Small waist: 36"
Belly button: 38"
So not much change but it is changing and my outlook to get healthier and lose more weight is unbelievably high. I really can't start to exercise again.
My next update won't be until probably 4 weeks unless I have complications or some drastic change happens.
4 Weeks Post Op
I was told to still wear my garment 24/7, getting real sick of it but the good news is that before surgery, I needed an extra large. Bought a large and it was a little lose so went with a medium-fits great.
I can wear my pre-surgery jeans but I am still a little tender so I only wore my high-waisted ones.
My weight is now at 178 so I am down about 16 pounds from surgery. Swelling is still there so not much difference in inches. The circumference around my bb is 37 so about 2 inches lost there. Can't wait til the swelling is all gone.
My incision is healing very well. Not too thrilled about the shape of my bb but my surgeon told me to massage the scars and the area around it as it is very swollen still and hard.
6 weeks post op
I plan to start C25K today to slowing incorporate running back into my routine. Hoping to get full clearance on all exercises when I go back for my 8 weeks checkup.
Weight is down from 194 to 170
Under bust from 37 to 34.75
Natural waistline from 36 to 34.5
Around belly button from 39 to 37
Hips from 43 to 42
I am down over 20 lbs so I think I am still swollen. I would have guessed I would be down anout 4 inches on my waistline. I can't really tell what is fat and what is swelling. Time will tell, I guess.
Still happy, may have small revision
I used the Chevy Chase, MD location. I felt very comfortable with Dr Brown since I stepped in his office. He was very professional and really listened to my concerns about what I wanted. His staff is great-shout out to his assistant Rachel. She always responds to me very quickly and if she doesn't know the answer to my questions, she always contacts me back right away. I am one week into my full tummy tuck. I am very swollen and bruised (duh- just had major lipo and surgery)-totally expected. I had my follow up at one week. Dr says I look great and the final results should be wonderful. I think he is right cause so far, I am already pleased even with all the swelling and bruising. It only gets better from here. The front desk staff are always nice. The atmosphere is great. Sometimes the wait can be long but that is almost at any Dr office. They really seem to care about your concerns rather than just making a buck. Kudos for that. The only thing I was not so happy with was that neither Dr Brown nor his staff called me over the next few days to check up on me. I think this is important but I guess if you have a problem, you can always call them (which I did for a few questions) and received immediate feedback. I had the surgery at Sibley Memorial Hospital (Johns Hopkins) and they did call the next day to see how things were going.