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Unread 02-23-2002, 10:58 AM
tummy tuck-swelly belly are they the same problem

that wasn't really clear - I don't think I have time or the inclination for a tummy tuck in 10 days, and my surgeon is on vacation this week, but why are so many sisters having tummy tucks - this may be too persoanl but I would love to know the relative before and after sizes of the "tummmies" we are talking about - since we talk about my "tumor" as a six month baby size ( until I saw my oncologis I though we were only talking about the baby's head - not the whole baby ) - my boss (RN) had a good laugh when I came back even more upset than usual about this thing growing all out of wack inside of me (without my permission of course) she laughed b/c she knew all the time I was way off in my estimate of the size, but said "why make you any crazier than you are now?" - probably a good managerial decision - I had to tell the oncologist to put down his hands, as he showed me for the third time the size of my tumor - I told him he was going to give me an anxiety attack - that I got the picture, and to put his hands down immediately --he did- I think I scared him- he knows me as a highly functioning professional social worker - yikes!! - anyway I thought that after women have babies, they can get back into shape with proper exercise and nutrition and I am planning to be the same way - now I am obsessing about having this paunch forever - yuk---it's alot easier to focus on this that the thought of a possible cancer - I am probably the only woman in history who will have gained weight and be found out to have cancer - just my luck - so talk to me about bellies and tummy tucks and sizes - or just tell me I am nuts -I can take it...
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Unread 02-23-2002, 12:50 PM
tummy tuck-swelly belly are they the same problem

Hi Lynda

First things first: calm down!!!

I had my hyst for fibroid (one huge fibroid, the size of a 5 month baby - so I know what you mean about the 6 month size tumor) and rectocele repair (giving birth to big babies and the fibroids were responsible for the rectocele).

After my hyst, which was TVH, I found that my swelly belly was much smaller than my pre-hyst belly. I was kind of upset that it would sometimes flare-up to about the size of pre-hyst, in the several months that it took for it to disappear (for me, it was 8 months).

I am now over 1 year post-op and, thanks to a great Weight reducing program and exercise, I am now within 17 lbs of my goal. And my tummy is almost flat.

The swelly belly is not fat, it is healing tissue swelling. Therefore, a tummy tuck would not reduce the swelly belly. A friend of mine had a tummy tuck the day before I had my hyst. She has now put on A LOT of weight. This translates by her tucked tummy remaining flat. However, she now has a pouch over the tummy tuck -- doesn't look great.

You are right: good eating habits and and exercise program will get you back in shape. Unfortunately, after a hyst, it takes a little longer than after a baby because recovery itself is a longer process.

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