How is the tummy tuck recovery procedure by Dr. Iraniha
Tummy tuck recovery procedures. Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is one of the many different techniques for tightening of the abdominal wall muscles and removing the loose skin. In this Tummy Tuck procedure, the abdominal wall laxity and associated hernia or diastasis recti would be repaired and the extra skin would be removed through an incision in the bikini line and a new umbilicus would be reconstructed.
In our Orange County Tummy Tuck Surgical Center, may patients are curious about the recovery of this procedure and how much pain they would have after this surgery. The operation is done under general anesthesia and usually takes around 2 hours. Since we separate the skin off the muscle and tighten the abdominal wall laxity, patients would have severe pain after the surgery including muscle cramp, sharp pain, muscle spasm or burning sensation. The first few days is tough and most patients require pain medications, ice pack and rest. After three days the pain starts getting better and continues to improve every day.
Do you need medication after a tummy tuck procedure?
Majority of the patients that had tummy tuck procedures don’t require any pain medications after 1-2 weeks. Patients would have a drain that usually is removed one week after the robotic surgery. Patients need to wear an abdominal binder for six weeks and they can remove the binder only to take a shower. They are allowed to perform their regular activities but no heavy lifting and exercising for six weeks. Patients would have followed up in the office on day 3, 7, 14 and six weeks after the procedure.
Tummy tuck has a tough and long recovery, but it’s a very rewarding surgery. It really transforms the body and restores the contour of the abdominal wall forever, especially if it’s followed by healthy lifestyle with well-balanced diet and routine exercise.
At Surgical Oasis Institute, an Orange County Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery center Dr. Iraniha has the expertise in all available surgical technique to repair the “tummy tuck procedures” and a comprehensive examination and surgical discussion would be provided prior to the surgery to customize the best surgical option for each patient. Please contact us at 949-646-8444 for virtual or in person surgical consultation.