This guide is for patients who have undergone their Tummy Tuck surgery and require post operative advice and care during their first 28 days of recovery
As part of your surgery, you were administered General Anaesthesia. It is not uncommon for the anaesthesia to cause nausea or sickness whilst at the hospital but it is unlikely that the feeling of nausea is still present after leaving our hospital. After leaving the hospital, the anaesthesia will still be in your blood stream, which will make you feel slightly tired and sleepy.
An important factor to note is, as the Anaesthesia is slowly dispelled from your body, through your urine etc. you may feel jittery or shaky for about 30 minutes while your body readjusts itself.
The feeling is much like having too much caffeine and is more noticeable in patients with a smaller frame and weight.
Try to rest as much as possible as soon as you get home and ensure any activity and movement is kept to an absolute minimum.
Whoever is caring for you on your first night after surgery, can be of great assistance by:
This is to ensure you are not moving your abdomen up and down which may cause discomfort.
Try to remain in your resting position. Those who are caring for you can bring you water, refreshments etc. to ensure you are not having to get up and lie down multiple times.
Again this is just a precaution so you can avoid the possibility of dizziness or an aching pain to your breasts or lower back
WHAT TO EAT
There are no precautions needed when eating after a Tummy Tuck surgery however, try to avoid any meats or food that requires persistent chewing to break down – such as a steak as these may cause digestion discomfort.
WHAT TO DRINK
For the first 24 hours, try to drink 2 litres of Water. Any soft drinks and juices are also fine to drink at room temperature.
Do not drink any alcohol and avoid smoking in the first 7 days after surgery. Both these have an adverse affect to the healing progress. The thumb rule here is that anything that delays your recovery, can increase the chances of affecting your final results.
It is important to take all medications that we have given you. In most cases you would have been given:
Take 400mg every 6 hours. Ibuprofen is to help with any swelling and inflammation
Take 2 tablets every 4 hours. This is to control any slight pain/discomfort.
Most patients feel no pain at all, but do not be concerned if there is slight pain. You can avoid any onset of pain if you continue to take both the above tablets on time as soon as you leave the hospital.
If you are on any other prescription medications, please continue to take them as per normal after surgery, unless you have been told otherwise..
For all herbal supplements, dietary products, vitamins etc. you can restart these after 48 hours after your surgery.
The most common pain after Tummy Tuck surgery can occur after the general anesthesia has worn off, you may feel discomfort under the bikini line where any incisions were made. This is usually from the tightening of skin to adapt to the new abdomen contour.
Sleeping for almost all patients on the first few nights is uncomfortable, as most patients are used to sleeping on their side.
On your first week, it is important you sleep on your back with your head slightly elevated. This is to ensure good blood circulation, which gives a better healing time.
If you end up sleeping on your side from the second week, ensure you are elevated slightly higher with a double pillow, and ensure you do not place any body weight on your stomach.
Bruising is common after a Tummy Tuck surgery is performed. If you have bruised instantly after surgery, while at the hospital, the likelihood is that you may recover quicker. Bruising is very minimal and is usually at the bottom of the abdomen.
Every patient’s defence mechanism to trauma is completely different and for this reason you may recover faster or slower that a person who you know has had this surgery before.
What is important to remember is that swelling and bruising are not scars, your skin will heal quickly and disappear completely once you have recovered. Do not be concerned at all if you bruised more than expected as within your recovery time off, this will permanently disappear.
TIPS AND TRICKS TO BRUISING/SWELLING
All dressings must only be removed at your 7 days post operative appointment with our nursing team. There may be instances where we ask you to return the day after surgery for a dressing change. Your dressing may be changed up to 3 times for hygienic reasons.
The earliest shower would be the day after surgery in the evening.
Important tips to ensure you shower correctly without disrupting your surgery results:
Remember that with any surgery where incision have been made, there is always the possibility of a bacterial infection in the early days of recovery.
In the rare case that this happens, you will be prescribed a course of antibiotics for 5-7 days to be taken orally.
Collecting a bacterial infection is nothing to be concerned about and as long as it’s treated within good time and will not affect the final results of your surgery.
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