After

It has been a year since adominoplasty surgery.  I know I have been horribly slow to post.  The last few months have been very crazy.  Besides talking to people about weight loss, I have transitioned to a new industry in my other life.  Interesting that all of this has happened so quickly after the surgery. It has taken some time to get to a normal pattern in my life.  I am now in a position to focus more time and energy on this part of my life again.  I am sorry that I have been so slow.  When I last posted I was about to have abdominoplasty surgery.

How did the surgery go?

The first two days after the surgery were rough, and I almost died.  I blow one of the clots in my stomach from the surgery and almost bled out.  I am so glad my wife and son were home.  I was told as an obese person your body creates larger blood vessels to transport all the blood that your body needs to support the larger frame  The doctor told me that my vessels were the size of my thumb.  I was rushed back into surgery so the surgeon could stop the bleeding and clean me up.  Interesting how we can take such surgery for granted because the surgeon tells us it will be ok.  I know that the surgeons make a living off of people who want to do these types of surgeries, and 9 out of 10 times there are no issues.  The ownness is on you to really understand what you are getting into.  I wanted to believe that it was no big deal. For most people it is not a problem.  A nip and tuck here and there and you will look great.  I don’t blame my doctor for what happened.  Complications happen and that is a fact.  As the person that is being operated on you need to make sure you do your homework and make sure you know what you are getting yourself into.  If you are contemplating abdominoplasty you should ask your surgeon these questions.

 

Given my situation what should I expect from the surgery?

Has anyone in my conditions have complications after the surgery?

What are the complications associated with this procedure?

What happens if I have complications?

How long will I be out of work?

How long should someone be with me after the surgery?

 

You should also talk to your primary care giver what you should expect healthwise.  I did discuss this in general with him but stopped after he tried to talk me out of it. He did not object from a health perspective, but from a sense of why have a “needless” surgery.  I of course had other reasons why I wanted to have the surgery.  Have your eyes wide open and know what you are getting yourself into.  Know why you want surgery.  One last point no matter how much surgery you have will not change who you are.

Of course the next question is would I do it again?  See my next blog for that answer..

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