Post Op - Tummy Tuck
I had tummy tuck (full with muscle repair) on 14th dec 2009 - I must say I'm really pleased with the result although I am still swollen. I'm now in my third week and still unable to stand fully upright but I'm improving a little each day. I have been told this will take a while to get back to normal - however my wounds have healed beautifully even though I'm nearly fifty! I too had a sneeze last week and I thought I was ripped apart. I hold a pillow against my abdomen tightly when I cough or sneeze and this helps keep everything in. I also sleep with a thick pillow in between my knees on my side as it is the most comfortable position. I will advise anyone to have some help in the first few days after discharge from hospital - the first week is the most depressing and it's comforting for someone to be there and bring you hot cups of tea and help make you comfortable. Listen to your body and try not to strain yourself. Stock up on some films to watch, especially if you can't sleep and wear comfortable clothes. I still haven't showered yet as I still have tapes over my wounds to keep them strong - but I will take them off tomorrow as advised by my consultant. He is a great believer in keeping everything dry for a couple of weeks at least, as well as wearing my girdle until my 6 week check up.