Really. I also had my breasts lifted. The breasts were really no problem at all, from go-- a walk in the park.
The hernia/abdominoplasty was intense and involved and I lost my belly button in that battle. I told him if that happened not to bother reconstructing it-- which ended up being just as well because the procedure was well over 12 hours without it-- which is a seriously long frackin' time to be on the table. That "time on table" did a lot to complicate my health post-operatively-- it's really a whole lotta surgery for one smallish person, apparently.
Post op, I could not sit up alone for well over two weeks. I had an adjustable hospital bed to lift me and a very devoted nurse named Mom. You can neither use your arms to push or pull yourself up nor your gut muscles, and if you have drains in a while (and you will) it's that much more challenging. The pain is pretty intense, but then I also had an open gut surgery the year before so I suspect the scar tissue was pretty intense as well. You will likely wear a compression girdle for several weeks (although I did n'ot, and my surgeon didn't ask me to-- it was ill fitting as I swelled pretty harshly in my backside.)
Most docs will have you in a compression garment for your arms that's hell to get on alone. In my case, I preferred wrapping with ace bandaging-- the seams in my compression garment fell right on my suture line which was uncomfortable.
On the safe side, I would make sure you have 24 hour care for a week, and someone very close by thereafter.
Anything else I can answer, just ask! It was all very worthwhile, I just have to caution people not to do too much at once, even though it's *financially tempting."
"Oh sweet and sour Jesus, that is GOOD!" - Stephen Colbert Lap RNY 7/07-- Lap Gallbladder 5/08--
Emergency Bowel Repair 6/08 -Dr. Meilahn, Temple U. Upper and Lower Bleph/Lower Face Lift
Fraxel Repair 2/09-- Lower Bleph Re-Do 5/09 -Dr. Pontell, Media PA Mastopexy/Massive
Brachioplasty/ Extended Abdominoplasty (plus Mons Lift and Upper Leg lift) / Hernia Repair
6/24/09 ---Butt Lift and Lateral Thighplasty Scheduled 7/6/10 - Dr. Ivor Kaplan VA Beach
Total Cost: $33,500 Start wt: 368 RNY wt: 300 Goal wt: 150 Current wt: 148.2 BMI: 24.7