We understand that recovery is an important issue for our busy, Ft. Myers-area patients. This question is particularly important in the context of a tummy tuck, because this procedure is significant surgery.
No one wants to miss work and have to stay at home instead of attending their family and social responsibilities. However, your number one priority should always be your health and well-being. If you keep that in mind, take the proper precautions and rest for the appropriate length of time after your tummy tuck, everything should go smoothly.
Dr. Robert V. Mandraccia will give you a more detailed explanation of what to expect after your tummy tuck. However, this page will provide you with useful information as you research your options and begin to make your plans.
If you're a Ft. Myers, Florida resident and you want to learn more about a tummy tuck, please call Dr. Robert V. Mandraccia, MD today at 239-482-5242.
What To Expect
Every patient is unique, and so is every recovery period. Your precise recovery timeline will be determined by several variables, including the type of tummy tuck you undergo and your genes.
However, assuming you undergo a traditional tummy tuck procedure, the recovery process usually proceeds along these lines:
First, you should make arrangements to have yourself driven home after your tummy tuck. You will not be in a position to make that drive yourself
Second, if you have children, arrange for someone to help you with basic household and familial tasks for a few days after your procedure. Picking up your children or lifting other heavy objects is right out.
You can expect some pain, discomfort and swelling for the first several days after your tummy tuck. We can prescribe painkillers to reduce your discomfort during this time.
You should spend a day or two in bed after your procedure, but after that you should begin walking. Take it slow and be careful, but walking stimulates blood flow and quickens healing.
Drains might be placed in the incision location to remove fluids that build up after surgery
Depending on your job you will likely be able to return to work within a week or two of your tummy tuck. Time away from work will be toward the shorter end of that range if you have a desk job. If your work is more physically demanding, you'll likely have to wait a bit longer to return to the job.
Most patients in the Ft. Myers area are able to return to a full range of activities approximately a month after their tummy tuck. You should be careful about ramping up your exercise regimen, especially weight-lifting.
At regularly scheduled times throughout your recovery you will come back to Dr. Mandraccia's office for follow-up appointments. During these visits, Dr. Mandraccia will examine you to ensure everything is proceeding smoothly.
If you experience pain beyond what you were told to expect or any symptoms that don't match pre-surgery expectations, call our office immediately to arrange a check-in appointment.
The tummy tuck, while significant surgery, is also commonly performed. It has an excellent safety record. While there will be some ups and downs during your recovery, a healthy attitude and a willingness to follow Dr. Mandraccia's instructions will see you through any difficulties.
If you're a Ft. Myers, Florida resident and you're considering a tummy tuck, please contact Dr. Robert V. Mandraccia, MD today.