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jaybre 07-20-2010 08:10 AM

Aug 4th So scared
So I am booked in for the 4th August flat belly here I come...I am so scared about it I feel sick.I keep remembering the pain from my C-section. How many days after do you start to feel yourself? Did anyone go home the same day with a catheter? Any experience replies helpful.
Thank you :eek:

xpgmmsb1 07-20-2010 03:57 PM

I just had a tummy tuck, lipo and fat injections in the breasts on 7/13. It could have been a same day surgery but I decided it was big enough to warrent staying over night. It was a 4 1/2 hour surgery. In the end I stayed in the hospital 2 nights mostly because I was going to be home alone (for the most part). I'm not going to kid you, the first couple of days were rough but I expected it would be since I had 3 procedures at once and was under anesthesia for a long time. I would think if you are only having the tummy tuck it would not be too bad since you wouldn't be under for too long.

It is now 1 week and I'm doing very well and so far am very happy with the results.

Good luck to you! I'm sure it will be worth it!

jaybre 07-20-2010 07:42 PM

Wow!! you did have a lot done. Glad your doing well. When did you stop the strong pain meds?

xpgmmsb1 07-21-2010 07:01 AM

Response to Pain Meds and more...
I hated the way that the pain meds made me feel so I only had percocet 1 time and moraphine 3 times and that was the first 2 days post-op. After that Tylenol did the trick for me. And, I do not have a high tolerence for pain.

I too had a c-section 17 years ago. The tummy tuck is not as bad as the c-section because it does not cut through the muscle and the uterous. Plus you don't have a newborn to carry around.

Are you getting the muscles sewed together also? I did because I'm very petite and I had a very large baby that stretched and separated them.

Let me know if you have any more questions and hopefully I can at least answer how it went for me.

SMM3 07-21-2010 06:52 PM

I am scheduled for a tummy tuck, breast augmentation and lipo this monday. I too am extreamly scared, hope all goes well for you on the 4th!

jaybre 07-23-2010 08:09 PM

Sorry took so long to get back, been away for a few days. I had my C-section 16 1/2 years ago and two years ago I had the hysterectomy, which I was once again cut open for. Before that I gave birth to three other children :o) So four children and twice cut open, the belly is a lop sided hang over.I too hate the way pain meds make me feel like a bug. So that is good news that only afew days they are needed. Yes muscles are being stitched back together.What happens to those stitches? Do they stay ?disolve? The muscles ones I mean. Hows the getting about going? Hope you have some help now. Thanks for answering my ??? :o)

jaybre 07-24-2010 06:23 AM

Good Luck for Monday, keep me posted .

xpgmmsb1 07-24-2010 11:55 AM

Abdominal Muscle Stitches
The abdominal muscle stitches are internal and desolve. The "smiley" incision on my lower abdomen was stiched internally with desolvable stitches and glued on the outside. The 2 drain hoses had a stitch or 2 each to hold them in place. The drains and the stitches were removed 6 days post-op. It didn't hurt because the skin was and is still numb. I think there were a few stitches around the belly button but again it was numb so it didn't hurt coming out. Getting the drains out was a relief. The part about draining them was kind of gross and a nucance but I managed. They are a pain but it's only temporary. Keep in mind that I went through recovery for the most part on my own and I came out just fine.

I pretty much went into this surgery with the attitude that this is something I've wanted to do for a long time. So, I knew that I would be very uncomfortable for a few days and then things would improve. I just kept telling myself that this is just temporary, this to shall pass and would improve each day. And, it did. I can't believe how far I've come in just 11 days. I know I have some time before I'll be 100% but I'm well on my way. I just do what I feel comfortable doing and rest or take a nap when my body tells me I need to. It's all in the attitude you bring going into it

Let me know if you have any more questions.

jaybre 07-24-2010 04:11 PM

You have made me feel so much more relaxed, thank you. I am kind off excited about it now and I shall take all your information in with me and also keep you posted. Monday is my pre-op. Knowing that the C-section was worse makes me feel more at ease. Mine was not planned and a bad experience.
Thanks once again..
Wishing you all the best in the coming days.

xpgmmsb1 07-28-2010 11:21 AM

Just wanted to update you on my progress...
By the 13th day post-op I was able to stand straight up for the most part. I went shopping for a couple of hours, stopped to have lunch and then shopped for another hour. Then I went home and did some things around the house. I was still very careful not to twist or lift anything over a few pounds. Then, yesterday I went to work from 8:00 - 3:00(desk job) and then went over my friend's for dinner. Of course, I still took it easy. My plan was to stay home today to rest which I am doing and definately needed. I probably shouldn't have done so much for 2 days in a row but I'm doing okay. I slept good night and then took a nap. I'm going to work again tomorrow and probably 1/2 day on Friday. I figured going back to work gradually would be best.

I continue to wear shapewear "Assets" (Target) because it feels more comfortable. Because they sewed the abdominal muscles together it feels like I have a corsette on inside of me. I can tell when I'm overdoing it because the corsette feels even tighter when I do. Then I know that I need to slow it down. The PS said it would feel tight for a while and will go away over the next few months. Many people continue to wear shapewear for the first few months because it just feels better.

Overall, I really can't believe how far I've come in just 2 weeks after having surgery. I hope your journey goes as well. GOOD LUCK and GOD BLESS!

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