I was given the OK to remove my remaining drain on day 12 post op. I was worried it was being pulled too early. I was still draining 30-40cc’s in the bulb, and everything I’ve read had mostly suggested that a drain is removed when there’s 25 or less cc’s accumulated in a 24 hour period. However, I figured if my doctor says it’s okay to remove the drain, it must be okay. It didn’t hurt at all, it just felt strange.
For the next several days, the swelling was pretty severe. I think it was in part to me being more active than I should have been in the day. I kept my compression garment on extra tight as well as wore extra small yoga pants to help with compression.
Day 14 I was able to remove my belly button stitches. There are no more stitches to remove!
Day 22 post op was the first day the swelling was not an issue. I felt pretty great throughout the day and the swelling didn’t bother me. The swelling varies from day to day, but generally I am back to my old self again. I sleep normally and haven’t had to take any pain medication for a few days now. I feel great!
January 16th, 2017 – Today marks 4 weeks and 3 days post op. Pain has been very minimal for the last two weeks. It feels more like general soreness. I’ve survived the worst, haha! I still wear my compression garment every day 24 hours a day unless I’m washing it. My scar is healing tremendously well. I have had zero complications thus far. I was given the OK to start putting scar cream on as well, so I will take progress photos every month so you can see the difference.
My doctor’s staff has checked on me several times since I’ve been home. They’ve answered every question I’ve emailed them and have shown they care about my post op well being. I have nothing but amazing things to say about CER Clinic!
Many of you have asked what scar cream I’m using. I own a skin care business, so I formulated my own using healing herbs, essential oils, and botanical oils. It’s the best out there for fading scars, I promise you that! You will see in the next year to come 🙂 If you’d like to try some, I will happily send you details.
I promised you photos, so here is the before and first month difference. 🙂
I haven’t had definition in my abs since I was a teen! My doctor used a corset stitch during my muscle reconstruction to give me a curvy defined look. I am still incredibly happy with my results and can’t wait to be fully healed. Stay tuned for month 2’s update!