tummy tuck after lap band?
on 1/9/09 8:43 pm - savannah, ga
Be prepared, the tummy tuck is much more painful than the lapband surgery. But I do not regret it at all. I have this nice little flat tummy - in fact, you can feel my hipbones! It's pretty cool.
Take care and good luck.
Starting weight: 240 Current weight: 130
I am from Seattle and had the lap band done by Dr. Oh. Did you go to St. Francis in Federal Way?
I am at 107 with 100 lbs. being my goal but I will most likely stop at 105 or so. I am trying to find out if my insurance will cover a tummy tuck. I lost 116 lbs. now. The other day I started smelling a strange smell and my belly button felt weird. I lifted up the skin and I have a rash with a smelly infection in my belly button area. This is so weird. I take showers all the time. Do you know how to get rid of a rash like this? I have been doing lots of alchol rubs and antibiotic ointment. I was wondering if Dr. Oh did your surgery and if it was covered by your insurance? Also what did you do when you had all of the extra skin?
Thank you. You look so great. I hope you are still feeling good and you're at your goal.
on 11/4/10 11:06 am
You need to have your doctor document the rash and give you a RX for the cream even if OTC. Some insurance will cover the TT if you have enough medical documentation. It is very important to keep the area dry.
My one thought though was if you have completely thought through letting a surgeon relocate your port who has never done it before? That one part scares me. I'm a bit overly protective when it comes to my band since I'm self-pay.
I wish you much luck though, a speedy recovery and killer abs though! Please come back and share your journey and results with us!
on 4/2/13 5:18 am - Califreakinfornia , CA
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on 1/9/09 11:00 pm
I'd be uincomfortable with a surgeon that's never done this surgery. Sorry to sound negative - just trying to understand as I am sure you have your reasons.
I've never had a tummy tuck, but it's something that I'm giving serious thought to down the line, when it's time. I have a couple of questions for you.
When you said that your surgeon has never done this type of surgery, did you mean that you will be his first tummy tuck? Or that he's never done a tummy tuck for someone with a band, thus someone with a port? Reading that part made a few red flags raise for me.
Also, I think you'll get more replies & more knowledgeable replies over on the plastic surgery board. (You could cross post this) The people there have either had plastics done or have been doing their research & could probably give you some great feedback.
Highest:390 Day of surgery 350 Current: 256 New Goal: 175
on 1/10/09 6:07 am
I would re think this surgery next week and explore doctors that are reconstructive plastic surgeons with experience.
Sorry to be so blunt but I saw a huge red flag when I read your post.
My first instinct was to respond like Karen in NJ - don't do it!
Then I thought perhaps since I'm not familiar with your story from the boards, I'd look on your profile. Nothing there. Your post creates many questions, and most have the same answer - stop your plans and talk to another surgeon.
There's nothing to tell us how old you are or how much weight you've lost (not much you say), so all we know is that you still need to lose about 50 lbs. I'm judging by your pictures that you are fairly young (under 35), so first I'd want to know what else you are doing about your tummy? Do you exercise? Have you had babies? Do you have health issues from your excess tummy skin?
What I'm getting at here is that you may be rushing into surgery when time and a little effort can give you reasonable results. I come from my own biased viewpoint, so it's only fair to be upfront. I am 47, was severely overweight for about 10 years and smoked from age 18 - 46, off and on. Looking at my excess skin issues, I have to look at the same general criteria as you: age, general lifelong fitness, genetics, skin-damaging habits, potential future weight-gain (pregnancy), etc. At my age, the best hope I have for skin elasticity is genetics, because I was not "fit" even when I wasn't overweight, and I smoked for so long, which has a negative effect on all tissue except adipose (figures-lol). However, my mother has not aged well, so I don't expect to do much better. Final analysis: I will be flabby. Can I accept that? Yes, because I'm too modest to show my body, and my husband loves me regardless. Also, I wouldn't be comfortable getting plastics, unless there was a health-related need. So there's my bias.
You are presumably younger, young enough that you can counteract some of the factors that may contribute to your perceived need for a tummy tuck at this time. If you are as young as I'm guessing, I think the surgeon you are seeing is acting irresponsibly, and I would go to another surgeon who is well-established and has worked with WLS patients, and get a second opinion. You get one body, it has to last for the rest of your life, and you don't want to deliver yourself into the hands of someone who jumps at the chance to do surgery on someone who has already demonstrated the ability to lose weight, and hasn't actually reached or maintained goal as yet.
Please, if I sound patronizing or insulting, that is not my intention. I just want to get your attention and make you ask yourself some questions before you possibly go under anesthesia and a scalpel with a surgeon who could do more harm than good. If I've read your situation incorrectly, I'm sorry. I just think you are in a hurry, giving up on your band and weight loss, and you are possibly the victim of an unscrupulous plastic surgeon. I hope I'm wrong.
Good luck with your decision,
I am getting a TT and BR on the 16th. Was it worth it? Did you haave a lot of pain? How long did it take to heal? How much weight did you loose? What size clothe did you fit in before and then afterwards? Have any pictures?