I'm an athletic mom of 3 (5'9, 128 pounds) who has...
I'm an athletic mom of 3 (5'9, 128 pounds) who has had DR since my second child which was made worse after my third. The DR caused other complications, as it felt like my body was splitting at the midline: pubic & lower back pain. I only wanted surgery as a last resort, so I've tried physical therapy, Pilates, weight training, and the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide (looooove btw! Def check it out if you are in to fitness!). Though I've become stronger and have ab muscles, I couldn't close the gap and finally consulted surgeons.
I had my surgery yesterday and am in pain. I thought the pain would be bad but I could shuffle around a bit, but any major movement is difficult and requires help. I bought a gigantic wedge pillow for my bed but there is no way I can swing my legs over to get on the bed, so I've been in my nursing chair since I got home. My butt is sore from sitting so much so I'm looking at having a donut cushion delivered today.
When I found out that TT also generally include liposuction to the flanks I opted to have a fat transfer to the breast as well, as mine are nonexistent. Unfortunately i was told after surgery I didn't have enough fat for the transfer! Clearly I should have indulged more over the holidays.
Day 2 pain but micro improvements
I think (hope?) I reached rock bottom yesterday morning when even 2 painkillers wouldn't make a dent in the pain. I called dr for help but heard nothing back. 3 hours later my husband called and I was given an additional prescription that finally made me relax a bit. Night 2 was slightly more comfortable but I'm still wondering why I did this to myself.
Did your PS call to check in on you?
Surgery on Wednesday and today is Friday. I had extreme pain yesterday and called into office but didn't get a call back. Thought for sure the office would call to check on me today before the weekend but haven't heard from them. Is this industry standard? No communication at all until first appointment 5 days later?
I'm including some weight training photos to show you how fitness didn't improve tummy.
First Peek at Results!
Yesterday I had my first follow up appointment. I was able to get both drains and the pain pump removed. The drains were hardly holding any discharge- the highest amount was 25 the day of the surgery, and the lowest was around 5. Dr Sowder does a quilting technique that really lowers the amount of fluid retention. I took a pain pill right before the appointment so the drain removal was painless. Though getting to and from the appointment was exhausting, for the first time I got excited about the possible results. Until now I really focused on the closed abs & less back & pubic discomfort, and thought a positive benefit would be not having to hide my pooch in my clothes. I never thought I looked *that* bad before the surgery, so I was never really focused on the appearance. After my first peek I finally thought "wow, this may actually look good!"
The Dr said some of my biggest gap was at the breastbone, which explains why I couldn't zip dresses after pregnancy even though my weight was the same and you could even see my ribs. She also said she was disappointed with the small amount of fat she could harvest for the transfer: it amount to about 70cc's per breast, or about 3 shot glasses in each boob. I'm not too fussed as this was a bonus anyway and I'm sure any amount added will help.
Hope this info helps! Please comment if I can answer any questions for you.
Buy a bed wedge pillow!
For the first 3-4 days I could barely move and spent all my time in my nursing chair. My buns were killing me so I got a donut pillow which really helped, but still not totally comfortable due to pressure spots. I finally moved to my bed when I could start swinging my legs to the side to get up and down without dying. This wedge has been a dream! It has two positions so you can sit more upright or turn it around for a lower incline and really comfy sleeping. This wedge with some pillows under my legs and occasional a small lumbar pillow has made me finally feel like I'm resting and recovering. It was expensive- around $100- which made me hesitate but well worth it. Look into it if you are having ab surgery too!
The diastasis recti gap
Looking through some old photos and found these- how crazy that my belly button would get sucked in during and type of sit up!?
10 day update- lots of swelling!
Obviously feeling better each day because I'm bored hanging out in bed. Goal today is to walk around house more- the problem yesterday is I got super hot and dizzy when I stood too long. Swelling is evident but not painful- it almost looks worse on lower back where I had the lipo. So much swelling you can't tell where my back ends and my behind begins! ???? Besides time and patience, and swelling & healing tips out there?