What should you expect from tummy tuck surgery recovery? Before your procedure date arrives, take a look at the recovery-related questions you need answers to right now.
How Long Does Recovery Take?
Recovery is an individual process that depends on several factors. These include your overall health, how quickly you typically heal, underlying medical conditions (such as diabetes), and the procedure itself. A mini tummy tuck is a shorter procedure than a full tummy tuck, and it comes with a shorter recovery time.
In general, full tummy tuck patients experience soreness and discomfort for a week post-surgery. You may still have drains in the area during the immediate post-op period too. Expect to gradually feel less soreness over the next few weeks as you recover.
When Can Patients Return to Work?
Provided your job doesn't include strenuous physical activity, it's possible you can return to work within two to four weeks after surgery. Patients who work at a desk, work at home, or can remain in a resting position may have the ability to go back to work sooner. Talk to your doctor about your individual needs and what they recommend. Always follow the doctor's directions for post-operative care and activity.
Can You Take Care of Your Child After Surgery?
The answer to this question depends on the age of your child (or children), what type of tummy tuck you chose, and your doctor's directions. Immediately after the surgery, you will feel groggy from the anesthesia. You'll need help from a responsible adult or babysitter to care for any children you have. After the anesthesia wears off, you may need additional assistance with some parts of childcare.
Physically caring for your child (lifting, carrying, changing diapers) isn't advisable during the recovery period. Avoid lifting your toddler, preschooler, or older child in the first few weeks following your surgery. This type of activity can stretch the incision site, increase the bleeding risk, or result in excess swelling.
Is Recovery Painful?
While tummy tuck surgery recovery isn't comfortable, you can make the process less painful. If the doctor prescribes pain pills or recommends over-the-counter options, take the medication exactly as directed. Along with medication, rest and light activity (such as walking) may reduce pain and speed the recovery process.
Do you still have questions about recovery? Talk to your doctor at the tummy tuck surgery center. The surgeon and medical staff will make sure you have the information necessary to recover as safely, quickly, and comfortably as possible.