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I could not wear my pre-op pants for about 6 weeks post tummy tuck.
i wore my binder or spanx for months because it made me feel more tightened up.
even after my doc said to stop wearing the binder, I used it in the evening because it helped with swelling.
Hang in there, it gets better!!!
I had my tummy tuck as a separate procedure (about 15 months after arms/breast lift).
I had rented a remote control recliner that reclined all the way back and a bit past 'forward' to help me get up.
I had out-patient surgery -- and was home by late afternoon. I napped in the chair for a few hours and then had my husband's help in getting up and walking to the bathroom. I had a pain pump attached to me -- no drains.
It was easier to squat in the bathroom than I expected it to be -- there was so much anesthetic in my incision that I did not feel any pain in the abdominal area.
The next day, I got up and went to the bathroom by myself -- husband was home and was available, but I was walking on my own. I used my 'walking stick' to help balance myself when I first stood up.
I went back to the doctor that day and had my dressings changed --- and saw my flat stomach for the first time -- it was very emotional.
I did not drive myself for about a week --- I was still using my pain meds to sleep for the whole first week, and wanted to be off them for 24 hours before I drove. I didn't really have anywhere to go.
Overall, my recovery was good -- my tummy tuck was on a Thursday -- Friday was my first follow -up --- I took the next week off from work (so 7 work days total) -- I went back to the surgeon that next Monday and we cleared to return to work full time.
It is fraud and possibly illegal to use Student Loans to pay for anything other than school-related costs.
I would triple check the paper work associated with the loan before I spent a penny on anything that could be 100% verified as a school loan.
I would not even consider it.
Even after I stopped the compression full time, I found that by mid afternoon I felt 'heavy' and the binder helped me feel better
I wore spanx or control top hose or binder at least a few hours a day for several months.
Yes, the worst pain from my TT was the nerve pain in my right thigh.
i am 13 months out and still have occasional pain and numbness right above my right knee.
Think that the pain pump irritated a nerve on that side
As part of my tummy tuck, I got a brand new belly button.
I thought that if you were only getting a panniculectomy it was common to lose the belly button, but with a fully tuck, you should have one reconstructed if you need it.
Personally, I would insist on a belly button or see another surgeon for a second or third opinion.
I had my TT last year in an outpatient facility and went home a few hours post op.
i was allowed 1-2 Percocet every 4-6 hours.
i was encouraged to stay ahead of the pain. To do that, I took one Benadryl with one percocetabout every 6 hours during the daytime.
the combo helped me nap on and off during the day. I would nap for an hour or so and then get up and walk around the house for a while, get some more water or a snack and then nap some more.
i was in a binder all day for weeks and I did not have any drains so I can't speak about that.
I had to
pay the surgeon a week before surgery and I had to pay the surgical center the day of surgery BEFORE the procedure.
Would not bill me.
I put it on a card so if pull get the reward points.
I lowered my pain meds by taking Benadryl with them ...it helped me sleep and extended the
life of the pain med.
It was suggested by my surgeon and worked very well for me.
lots of people travel for surgery, so they fly home within a few days.
i flew for business about 4 weeks post op but did not lift luggage
I was upright from the day after surgery.
The nurses commented on it at my post op appointment. I didn't know any better or I would have hunched over...LOL
i bought some men's tank style t shirts that are really long and wore them under my binder and then sweat pants and t-shirts over that.
i work from home, so it is just me and the dog ..... She doesn't care what I look like as long as I have treats!!!
I had stocked my fridge and freezer with soups and easy to eat foods.
I did not want to be standing up to prepare meals --- so, generally I had a greek yogurt or Luna Bar for breakfast.
I had soup (they all had meat in them for added protein) and a few crackers for lunch and dinner.
I had my surgery on a Thursday (out-patient) and then a follow up appt at the surgeon's office on Friday.
I had the following week off from work -- and went back to my desk job the following Monday (so, 11days after surgery)
It was very do-able ---- but I work from home and could work in my sweats/baggy clothes.
I was not back to wearing my pre-op clothes for a few weeks.
Prepare to be tired by the end of the day, especially that first week ---- so, expect to go home and need to grab a quick, easy dinner so you can veg out.
Best of luck -- you are going to LOVE your flat belly!!!!!!
I agree with strengthening your core as much as possible.
A few months before my tummy tuck I got a 'ball chair' at Target -- it is a large exercise ball that sits into a frame (about 79.00) and when I had my surgery, my surgeon told me that I had the tightest ab muscles he has seen in 25 years of cutting. He had to do very little reconstructive work.
He is also a big proponent of fresh pineapple in the 2 days before surgery ---- says that it has an enzyme in it that helps with swelling and bruising.
At least a month before I could hot tub or swim after my tummy tuck
I took a Benadryl with my pain meds and it helped me sleep for several hours .... When I woke up it was long enough to take more if I needed it.
I bought some large sweat pants and a large 'work shirt' ..denim thing from Goodwill
i wor that with socks and sandals to the hospital.
i don't think that I had panties on going home ... I was pretty wrapped up in bandages and I think I just slipped the sweats on, buttoned up the shirt and got to the car.
At home, I lived in sweats and comfy shirts for the first week ... Then , more fitted clothes, but I did not get back into my pre surgery pants for a few weeks.
I work from home, so that worked for me without having to buy extra clothes.
good luck on Thursday. It is a major surgery, you should be prepared for that, but the results are SO worth it!!!
I would also add that those pain meds tend to make me a bit itchy (mild reaction) -- so my surgeon suggested a benadryl right before I take them --- it helps me sleep and extends the 'life' of the pain meds
So -- I was prescribed 1 - 2 Percocet every 4 - 6 hours and with the benadryl, I was able to take 1 Percocet every 6 hours and stay ahead of the pain and nap throughout the day ---- at least at the beginning.
Later on, when I wanted to be more alert, I would take extra strength Tylenol during the day and then the benadryl/pain med at night just to sleep.
Congrats on having a surgery date!!!!
I don't want to rain on your parade, but at 11 months post op, I still occasionally wear my binder at the encou the day due to swelling.
Enjoy your freedom but don't burn that sucker yet!!!
Tummy tuck with muscle tightening and mons lift on a Thursday. I took 7 work days and returned the second Monday after my procedure.
i do Project Management from home, so was able to take a short nap at lunch time each day when I needed to.
I had a pain pump and it was wonderful.
I was numb in the whole region...... Not just the incision line.
i had my surgery on a Thursday morning, went home with the pain pump in a little pouch that went around my waist.
it was empty by Saturday afternoon so I took off the bandaid and gently pulled the tubing out and threw it all away. No pain, no muss, no fuss.
the tube is very, very thin and it is about 24 inches long .... It allows the anesthetic to slowly drip into your wound for 48 -72 hours post op.
I stayed numb for days afterwards.
To be honest, they bill surgical suites and anesthesia by the minute, by the procedure.
so, you might get a discount for having 2 procedures consecutively, there would have been additions for the extra procedures.
my doc offers about 10% discount to combine procedures.
Not for me
no change to my butt at all from my tummy tuck but I don't care.
i see and focus on my flat tummy and I smile big every time!
I did not have rashes --- when I had my tummy tuck (not just panniculectomy), and the surgeon lifted the mons, it did make a change in the appearance of my very upper thighs ----
I hope your insurance will help -- I was self pay for my WLS and both of my Plastics --- well worth it, but I understand that not everyone is able to self-pay for reconstructive surgery.
Yes, Yes, Yes, it was about 6 weeks before my 'pre-tummy tuck' pants count be pulled up ---- and not sure that they zipped at that point.
I am lucky (working from home) that I could wear sweats and yoga-style pants for that time-period.
I had purposely not scheduled any business travel for about 8 weeks, because I did not want to have to deal with hauling luggage -- even if checked with the airline, it still has to be hoisted into rental cars, hotels, etc ------ and I did not want to lift it.
Hang in there -- you are going to be SO HAPPY when you get back into your jeans and zip them up and see that flat, flat, flat tummy!!!!!!