If you have a tummy tuck scheduled or are considering getting a tummy tuck but are worried about the recovery process, there are three crucial things for you to know. From avoiding heavy lifting to changing your bandages, it’s important to follow the steps listed below. Read on to learn more.
- Change Your Bandages
Once you are sent home from recovery, Dr. Tom F. Crais or one of his nurses will give you proper instructions on how to change your bandages and dressings for the few days following surgery. Because small incisions were made during your surgery and a drain was placed in those incisions postoperative, you will have a little bit of drainage coming from your incision sites. In order to ensure that you don’t get any sort of infection, it’s important to change your bandages as needed with a clean one. Ask Dr. Tom F. Crais for detailed instructions on how to properly change your bandages and dresses.
- Avoid Heavy Lifting
If you are the go-getter around your home, you might have a hard time taking it easy during recovery and avoiding lifting heavy things. For about a month following surgery, it’s important for you to avoid lifting heavy items such as boxes or household items because it can cause your stitches to rip open— leaving you with an open wound.
- Avoid Exercise
For around 2-3 weeks post operation or until you receive permission from Dr. Tom F. Crais, it’s important for you to avoid exercise. Exercise, no matter how light it is, will put added strain on your abdominal muscles and could potentially cause your abdominal muscles to not heal correctly or could even cause your stitches to open. Once you do receive approval to start working out again, make sure to slowly ease into it in order to prevent the possibility of injury.
By understanding these three things about tummy tuck recovery, you can better physically and emotionally prepare. To learn more, contact Dr. Tom F. Crais.