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Old 01-17-2008, 07:21 AM   #1
 
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Smile tummy tuck vs. c-section

For those of you who had a c-section and tummy tuck. Is the recovery at all alike? I've had 3 c-sections and am terrified of the tummy tuck. Does the amount of fat or skin contribute to it being harder to recover? My abs are in great condition other than the diastasis recti. I have no fat at all just skin therefore I need a full tt and need muscle repair. My husband is trying to get two weeks off, and then maybe my mother can stay with me for another week part-time. After that though I'm on my own. With three small kids I'm really trying to get an idea of how long I will be out of commission. Thanks so much!
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The paitent coordanator at my PS office just had her TT and she was back to work at 2 weeks. She says its alot better but she still cannot stand upright. She told me the hardest part is you feel tight more than pain, and that her back hurt more than her actual incision. Sounds just like the BA. Heres the timeline from what I can tell. The first week your not going to want to do anything the second week you will be moving around a bit more. I have 4 kids and my DH is taking off the first week and then my kiddos are out for Spring break the next week so I will have my 13yo to help but after thatI am on my own with a 2 and a half year old.
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The paitent coordanator at my PS office just had her TT and she was back to work at 2 weeks. She says its alot better but she still cannot stand upright. She told me the hardest part is you feel tight more than pain, and that her back hurt more than her actual incision. Sounds just like the BA. Heres the timeline from what I can tell. The first week your not going to want to do anything the second week you will be moving around a bit more. I have 4 kids and my DH is taking off the first week and then my kiddos are out for Spring break the next week so I will have my 13yo to help but after thatI am on my own with a 2 and a half year old.
Are you also having a ba at the same time? Do you need a full tt? How old are your others? I have 4yrs, 2 yrs and 11 mos. The 11mo old is what is getting me.
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No I had my BA almost a year ago. I will be having a FTT with MR 2 days before my 1 year boobieversary. So I will be celebrating the girls bday out of it.LOL. Mine are 13 yo girl twin boys that are 9 and a 2 and a half year old. When I had BA it was hard not to pick up my little one but so worth it. There were days that I thought what did I do to myself but looking back a year later I am so happy that I did it. I dont know(now) if I would have wanted to do both at the same time but everyone is diffrent but after the BA I couldent think of anything else but to get my tummy fixed too.
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No I had my BA almost a year ago. I will be having a FTT with MR 2 days before my 1 year boobieversary. So I will be celebrating the girls bday out of it.LOL. Mine are 13 yo girl twin boys that are 9 and a 2 and a half year old. When I had BA it was hard not to pick up my little one but so worth it. There were days that I thought what did I do to myself but looking back a year later I am so happy that I did it. I dont know(now) if I would have wanted to do both at the same time but everyone is diffrent but after the BA I couldent think of anything else but to get my tummy fixed too.
That is great! It's so good to hear that you are glad you did it. What is an MR? Knowing the ages of my kids, do you think I am crazy to do this together? My husband hopefully will be home for two weeks and then my mother will be with me for another week part-time. THanks.
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MR refers to "muscle repair," which is commonly done as part of the TT for women who have had babies and now have slackened or detached ab muscles.

You are not crazy. You're brave. And you're not alone! I have a 4 1/2 year old and a 3 year old, and I'm doing a BA, FTT with MR and lipo to the flanks....all at once! My surgery date is February 5. Luludee on this forum also has little ones and is doing the same, but hers is a few days after mine. My PS said that yes, there will be more discomfort doing all the procedures at once, but you'll have only one recovery, which is worth it in my book. And it's not so bad that it can't be controlled with pain meds. I'm taking roughly 3 weeks off work, and I've reserved the right to work from home on the 4th week if I'm still feeling poorly. DH will help me the first week, but after that, we'll be depending on a hired caregiver to help me around the house and with the kids. (the $$$$ is freaking me out)
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I think with all the help that your going to have your going to be fine, and are going to be so happy with the results. If you dont do it all you will wish you did untill you can get the other part done. I have been waiting a year with nice big boobies but still wont wear the cute show offy shirts cuz my tummy. So IMO go for it you only live once and after having kids you deserve it. Besides whats a bit of pain and discomfort when come summertime you can get into that bikini!!!!!!!!!!!
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I think with all the help that your going to have your going to be fine, and are going to be so happy with the results. If you dont do it all you will wish you did untill you can get the other part done. I have been waiting a year with nice big boobies but still wont wear the cute show offy shirts cuz my tummy. So IMO go for it you only live once and after having kids you deserve it. Besides whats a bit of pain and discomfort when come summertime you can get into that bikini!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks so much. That is a great way to look at it. I think I need to stop thinking so much! BTW I love your name.
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MR refers to "muscle repair," which is commonly done as part of the TT for women who have had babies and now have slackened or detached ab muscles.

You are not crazy. You're brave. And you're not alone! I have a 4 1/2 year old and a 3 year old, and I'm doing a BA, FTT with MR and lipo to the flanks....all at once! My surgery date is February 5. Luludee on this forum also has little ones and is doing the same, but hers is a few days after mine. My PS said that yes, there will be more discomfort doing all the procedures at once, but you'll have only one recovery, which is worth it in my book. And it's not so bad that it can't be controlled with pain meds. I'm taking roughly 3 weeks off work, and I've reserved the right to work from home on the 4th week if I'm still feeling poorly. DH will help me the first week, but after that, we'll be depending on a hired caregiver to help me around the house and with the kids. (the $$$$ is freaking me out)

Oh, I will be having MR too. It's so good to hear others are attempting this with small children. I thought about hiring someone too, but I don't even know where to start. But maybe I'll be ok if my husband can take 2 wks. Wow, you're going on February 5th, you are so lucky! I have tenatively booked for the beginning of April, I have too much time to think. I wish you LOTS of luck and can't wait to hear how it went.
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I didn't have c sections with my kids but I did have an appendectomy this summer. For my appy, I had 4 incisions ranging from 1 inch to 6 inches (long story). I think the recovery from c sections and appy's may be harder because 1) no pain pump, 2) they cut through the muscle and into the abdominal wall. With TT, they really only mess with the skin and fat layer, with the exception of the MR.

I just had a BA/TT together and the discomfort is manageable as long as you stay on top of the meds.
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I can finally reply to this! I've had 2 c-sections, and I'm now 5 days post-op with FTT with MR, flank lipo, and BA (silicone unders). Like Kimberly said, DEFINITELY don't try to be a hero and stretch out your pain meds. Take them every *4* hours as recommended, and you'll be golden. As for the pain/discomfort, I'd say C-sections and FTTs are comparable -- about exactly the same. With a FTT you're dealing with drains and a tight binder, whereas with a CS you had neither. With a CS you probably have a screaming baby, no sleep, and engorged boobs. So....as I said, CS and FTT are probably about the same in terms of discomfort and recovery.

2 weeks of care from your hubby will be great, and a 3rd week of part-time help from Mom will also be essential. My hubby started leaving me alone for 4-5 hour stretches on day 3 post-op, and I was fine. However, he took the kids with him so that's what made it OK. Will you have to do any heavy lifting of children? I'm not so sure that you'll want to be doing that at week 3....week 4 perhaps, but you'll be very tired. Check with your PS to see if it's OK to lift your kids at 4 weeks post-op.
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As long as you drink your liquids, take you pain meds and rest when you can 2-3 weeks should be MORE then enough. I had my TT/BA before my youngest started school and we were fine. You can do it!!!
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I can finally reply to this! I've had 2 c-sections, and I'm now 5 days post-op with FTT with MR, flank lipo, and BA (silicone unders). Like Kimberly said, DEFINITELY don't try to be a hero and stretch out your pain meds. Take them every *4* hours as recommended, and you'll be golden. As for the pain/discomfort, I'd say C-sections and FTTs are comparable -- about exactly the same. With a FTT you're dealing with drains and a tight binder, whereas with a CS you had neither. With a CS you probably have a screaming baby, no sleep, and engorged boobs. So....as I said, CS and FTT are probably about the same in terms of discomfort and recovery.

2 weeks of care from your hubby will be great, and a 3rd week of part-time help from Mom will also be essential. My hubby started leaving me alone for 4-5 hour stretches on day 3 post-op, and I was fine. However, he took the kids with him so that's what made it OK. Will you have to do any heavy lifting of children? I'm not so sure that you'll want to be doing that at week 3....week 4 perhaps, but you'll be very tired. Check with your PS to see if it's OK to lift your kids at 4 weeks post-op.
This is great to hear! I'm planning on the same and I've had 3 c/s's so it nice to hear that it won't be too bad.
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