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The time is here!!!! I have my Tummy Tuck and BA Thursday 10/8. I’m so excited and so scared. Mostly about pain and my tatas being too big. My husband says he will deal just fine if they are too big 🙄. I can’t believe it’s finally time. November 11 is the 7th anniversary of my sleeve. It’s time for this!!!!

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15 hours ago, janc75 said:

The time is here!!!! I have my Tummy Tuck and BA Thursday 10/8. I’m so excited and so scared. Mostly about pain and my tatas being too big. My husband says he will deal just fine if they are too big 🙄. I can’t believe it’s finally time. November 11 is the 7th anniversary of my sleeve. It’s time for this!!!!

Awesome!!! I hope you'll come back and share photos!!! Best of luck!!!

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💯 I’ll share. It’s a journey so many of us are on. I’d love to share anything I learn. Eeeek. Buh bye skin flap!

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Oh dear. I’ve never been in so much pain. But I’m going good. I was crying that 2 surgeries were not the best idea. I can use my arms to help me get up my with out pain. But I had surgery at 1 so I think I’m doing ok lol. I’m rambling. Thanks Percocet lol

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3 hours ago, janc75 said:

Oh dear. I’ve never been in so much pain. But I’m going good. I was crying that 2 surgeries were not the best idea. I can use my arms to help me get up my with out pain. But I had surgery at 1 so I think I’m doing ok lol. I’m rambling. Thanks Percocet lol

Hang in there!! Hope the worst of the pain is behind you soon, and the pain meds are doing their thing!!! It will all be worth it!!!

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On 10/9/2020 at 3:38 AM, janc75 said:

Oh dear. I’ve never been in so much pain. But I’m going good. I was crying that 2 surgeries were not the best idea. I can use my arms to help me get up my with out pain. But I had surgery at 1 so I think I’m doing ok lol. I’m rambling. Thanks Percocet lol

Congratulations , hoping the pain fades quickly ❤️

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@greentealael-I have a consult w a surgeon on the 26th. Pretty sure this is the one I’ll go with but he is 3 hours away. How did y’all do all your post ops being so far away from the surgeon? Like getting drains taken out etc
I’m doing a breast lift w aug and a Tummy Tuck. Also the drive back that day I would think would be rough

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On 10/11/2020 at 04:34, janc75 said:

Here are a couple of pics. I’ll get better ones when I can shower tomorrow. Ohhhh I can’t wait to shower lol

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So excited for you!! Wish mine wa behind me as well! Still finishing consults. The soonest this surgeon can get me in is Feb
Did you do only an aug to the breast or a lift as well?
I’ll be having a TT, breast lift w aug

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17 minutes ago, Kris77 said:

@greentealael-I have a consult w a surgeon on the 26th. Pretty sure this is the one I’ll go with but he is 3 hours away. How did y’all do all your post ops being so far away from the surgeon? Like getting drains taken out etc
I’m doing a breast lift w aug and a Tummy Tuck. Also the drive back that day I would think would be rough

I live in Madison, WI, and I had my PS in Chicago, 2-3 hours away (depending on traffic). With both surgeries, I spent one night in the hospital and then another two nights in a hotel in the Chicago area just in case there were issues. I had my first follow-up appointment the morning I was scheduled to leave to go back to WI and he told me whether or not it was safe to do so (and both times, it was...). I think I may have only had a drain with one of the two surgeries, and he said it was OK to take it out at that appt, so he did. If the drain wasn't ready to come out, he would have waited until my one-week post op or maybe had my local MD do it when it was time to come out.

P.S. I drove down to Chicago for additional post-ops. I think I had one at one week out, then another a month after that - and then maybe at six months out. I suppose my local MD could have done it if necessary. After one of my surgeries I had either a staple or a suture (that I'd "spit") that had to be removed, and the PS said my PCP could handle that - and she did....

people who have surgeries really far from home often stay in the area for a week or two, and have their early post-ops with the surgeon. Then their local PCP can take it from there.

Edited by catwoman7

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On 10/11/2020 at 08:31, catwoman7 said:






I live in Madison, WI, and I had my PS in Chicago, 2-3 hours away (depending on traffic). With both surgeries, I spent one night in the hospital and then another two nights in a hotel in the Chicago area just in case there were issues. I had my first follow-up appointment the morning I was scheduled to leave to go back to WI and he told me whether or not it was safe to do so (and both times, it was...). I think I may have only had a drain with one of the two surgeries, and he said it was OK to take it out at that appt, so he did. If the drain wasn't ready to come out, I guess he would have either had me go back there in another week or two, or else have my local MD remove it.


That’s good to hear. That’s what I’m most scared about is having a problem come up and being far from him.

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1 minute ago, Kris77 said:

That’s good to hear. That’s what I’m most scared about is having a problem come up and being far from him.

I just edited my response and added more info. I was OK going back to Chicago for follow-ups since it wasn't too, too far. But those who have their surgeries far away seem to stay in the area for a week or two to get their early follow-ups, then their PCP takes over once they get back home.

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50 minutes ago, Kris77 said:

@greentealael-I have a consult w a surgeon on the 26th. Pretty sure this is the one I’ll go with but he is 3 hours away. How did y’all do all your post ops being so far away from the surgeon? Like getting drains taken out etc
I’m doing a breast lift w aug and a Tummy Tuck. Also the drive back that day I would think would be rough

Hi!

Prior to plastics I went to my primary to let her know what I was planning and loop her in! It didn't take much convincing since she was a fan of Plastics and had a BA herself (I absolutely ❤️ Doctors that you can bond with and treat you like a real person)

My primary became my secondary touchstone for my Plastics journey, orfering labs or meds if necessary before and after surgery.

My Plastic Surgeon and I were in constant communication and all of the early home follow ups were virtual & by phone call. If any true emergency arose, I would simply have needed to go to a local hospital. Easy.

I could have also flown back to Miami for follow up at anytime if their was an unmanageable issue but I decided to wait (the initial wild uncertainty brought on by COVID) until May to follow up in person and go for round 2.

Turns out that telehealth & virtual visits became standard for a lot of physicians this year (including my Bariatric Surgeon) so in retrospect I am comfortable with the way it was all handled.

Hope that helped ❤️

Edited by GreenTealael

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Thanks for that info. It does help. Staying in the area for two weeks seems like that would be a good idea but also an expensive one as far as hotels etc add up. My sister lives out there so I may see if she can let me stay w her for a few days to a week.

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9 minutes ago, Kris77 said:

Thanks for that info. It does help. Staying in the area for two weeks seems like that would be a good idea but also an expensive one as far as hotels etc add up. My sister lives out there so I may see if she can let me stay w her for a few days to a week.

Yes 2 weeks at a hotel can be very costly but is that the last follow up date for seeing your Surgeon again? Perhaps he can accelerated it to 1 week post op and then again at a Little further out.

After I returned home from my initial plastics in January I HAD to attend a family function ~2 weeks later so I wasn't even 1 month post op. It was a 3 hr ride each way and it was totally manageable (but I didn't have to drive myself thank goodness)

We did have to stop 1.5 hrs so I could stretch and walk for a few minutes as recommend

Edited by GreenTealael

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