Ok, I've been "gently reminded" that it's time for me to post another update on my plastic surgery (LBL + chest lipo). For those who don't know, LBL is the combo of a panniculectomy, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), and butt lift. It's also known as a belt lipectomoy. 360 degree removal and restitching.
I'm nearly two weeks out, having surgery on June 4th. It was waaay long since I turned out to be a bleeder, which isn't unusual in post-bariatric patients. These huge bellies we had needed a whole lot of blood and vasculature to feed it, and so I bled a lot. Lost over a pint. It slowed the surgery down and it eneded up take 10.5 hours including the chest lipo.
My pain tolerance is pretty low and week 1 really sucked for me. Horrible. Could manage the pain the first 48 hours after leaving the hospital. Had to resort to double doses of oxycodone (which just shut down my digestive track), made it down to single doses, and this week finally on half-doeses. I had my two JP drains pulled out on Friday (boy THAT was a freaky feeling) and I'll have my sutures removed on Tuesday. Excited about that - the sutures are starting to itch like crazy and they feel thick like fishing line.
Because my abs are literally as tight as a drum, they because ischemic and there was worry it was going to necrotize. Fortunately, it seems like the skin has pulled through and the angry, red and blistery skin is retracting.
I have more slack on my butt than my abs so I can kinda bend forward ok although I can't really sit normally in a chair yet. Just yesterday I've been able to get up and back into bed on my own without assistance from my partner.
I'm pretty swollen, but that's par for the normal. Feeling human again. Amazed that my skin apron, love handles, and butt drapes are gone now. I can only imagine how good this will look in a couple months when a lot of healing has progressed.
According to the scale, I've lost roughly 5 pounds of blood, skin, and tissue - give or take.
Kinda going crazy confined to the bed and the couch though. Keeping up my protein with shakes to accelerate my healing.
soooooooooo looking forward to being able to drive, wear clothing, and go clothes shopping. For now I lie in a robe and just keep changing which part of my body I'm lying on. uuuuuuugh.
Havve a great surgeon though. He's done wonders. Increased my flat butt volume by folding back part of my lower back skin and pulled the ab skin enough so that I didn't have a vertical sca from my original belly button.
Uh... any questions?
P.S. Thanks to all of you who answered my pre-op plastics questions.
Heaviest weight: 310 pounds (Male, 5'10")