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Mel’s Blog: Tummy Tuck Recovery

August 9th, 2012

I was very excited at the idea of getting rid of my tummy pooch.  Recovery continued from my abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery and my abdomen turned all the shades of the rainbow and was pretty swollen.   Wearing the post-op binder that was provided, helped  a lot of relief and support.   I went back to work on post-op day 6.   I work in an office, so I was able to structure my day so that it was comfortable.   I walked around hunched over for a few days, but eventually was able to stand upright.   It helped a lot for me to be able to get up and go to work.   It was nice to be back in to my normal routine.      Slowly but surely my pants fit again as the swelling went down.

There was one thing that was very difficult:   lower back pain.   It lasted 2 weeks, and it was horrible.   It was almost worse than the soreness in my abdomen.   I never realized how important abdominal muscles were for my posture!   I did reach out to the office staff and Dr. Bashioum a few times with post-operative questions.   Everyone was so gracious – I truly felt spoiled!

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Mel’s Blog: Getting rid of my Baby-pooch

August 8th, 2012

On the days leading up to my abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery, I got more and more anxious.   During my pre-operative call with one of the nurses, I shared my anxious feelings.   They reassured me that it was a completely normal feeling and many patients experience the very same feeling.   The morning of my surgery was completely different – I was excited!   I was actually looking forward to NOT thinking about my baby pooch anymore!

The day of surgery was described for me in great detail prior to my surgery.   So I was well-prepared and I can honestly say that there were no surprises.   My recovery was just as they said it would be – very similar to my c-sections, but a little longer.   When I was sent home, I was in a considerable amount of pain, but as soon as I got home and got settled in my own bed, my pain improved.   Dr. Bashioum’s instructions were clear and it was imperative that I stay on top of the pain and take all of the medication prescribed.   That meant around the clock for the first few days.   Ice also helped tremendously.   Getting in and out of bed was difficult at first, but I realized that the more I tried it, the easier it got.   There was a balance that I had to strike between resting and being somewhat active.   I overdid it on post-op day 3, and did not stay hydrated enough.   However, some rest and a lot of water made me feel MUCH better.

Check back next time to follow my tummy tuck recovery.

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