Thursday, January 17, 2013

10 Things to Consider Before a Tummy Tuck

When I scheduled my surgery I stopped searching online and reading what people had to say about tummy tucks. I was afraid to read something that would scare me off from the surgery. As an additional precaution I also told as little people as possible. I didn't want anything or anyone to change my mind.

I have since regretted this decision because there was a lot I had to learn the hard way. As such, I've compiled a list of things to think about before going in for surgery.

  • Where will you sleep? I strongly recommend renting a hospital bed or recliner. You can rent one anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on what you prefer, from a medical supply company. Rentals can be weekly or monthly. I would say at minimum 2-3 weeks. Believe me you will thank me later!  
  • Borrow or rent a cane or walker. No, they are not just for the elderly. You will be walking almost in an upside down L position and it can put a lot of strain on your back. 
  •  Buy tons of non-stick long gauze with tape and Neosporin. It can be used for many things. 
  • Have your girdle fitted prior to surgery to make sure it is the right size for you. Especially if you are petite!
  • Schedule your surgery for as soon after your menstrual cycle as possible. Trust me on this!
  • The kids. If you have children, I also recommend scheduling your surgery when the children are in school. It will give you a quiet house during the day to rest and sleep as needed.  
  •  Who will care for you? No matter what you say, you WILL need help. If possible two people for at least the first week. I know it's hard to sit back and let someone else do all the work but your recovery will take longer if you don't take the time to rest.  
  • Foods. Stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables, soups, and salads. You won't be much for food but you must eat something for the medications and the fiber will help with constipation. Speaking of constipation make sure to have a gentle laxative such as Senna.
  • Make sure everything you normally use is no higher than if you extend your arm straight. Nothing should be too high or too low. Also, make sure you have all supplies and medications in the home prior to surgery. 
  • Make sure you have baggy pants/shorts with pockets. The pockets come in handy when you have to walk around with your drains hanging down your sides.

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