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Unread 01-04-2005, 08:26 PM
Will I always have this horrible looking stomach

Has anybody been able to get back in shape and have a nice looking stomach? I have this apron of skin hanging above my incision. It looks so gross. When can you start to get rid of it. I know I will probably be off of restrictions at 6 weeks (I am at 2 weeks now), but from reading on this site, it looks like it may take up to a year to completely heal. Are there actual things you can't do for a year? Just wondering.
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Unread 01-04-2005, 09:08 PM
Will I always have this horrible looking stomach

I don't know the answer, but I feel the same way and I am interested in the answers you get on this one!
Unread 01-04-2005, 09:24 PM
Will I always have this horrible looking stomach


I'm 5 weeks and my doctor said at the 6 week check up (if all is healed) we are released to go back to our usual routine. Of course...the rest is up to you. If your usual routine tires you out or makes you sore...then you adjust. I know of NO restrictments if you pass your 6 week internal exam.

Some of us have to deal with hormone therapy adjustment. Some of us have adhesion issues or other post op side effects. These things just prolong the recovery. To bounce back perfectly in 6 weeks after a major surgery is unrealistic. The goal would be to get through your work hours and take it easy in the evening. Within time your strengh will increase and your body will feel healthy and you'll be back to normal.

Each of us are different...different ages, surgeries, diagnosis. Please don't let anyone elses recovery scare you. Just be aware and listen to your own body.
Best of Luck to all of us,
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Unread 01-04-2005, 09:50 PM
Will I always have this horrible looking stomach

hi ladies, i am 5 months post-op. it does get better. i had lifting restrictions for 3 months (under 40 pounds). Now, I can do everything I did before and more (my giant fibroids got in the way of some things before surgery). my swelling went down pretty quickly, I could wear jeans by 3 weeks post-op. It still swells if I don't drink enough water, but pretty minor and temporary. i notice some weakness when I do abdominal exersices in the gym, so I am building that strength back up. I get some pain sometimes if I sit a lot, but not as bad as the fibroids before (I don't need anything for pain now, not even ibuprofen - it is really minor when it happens). I kept my ovaries, so I still get some PMS bloating and acne. The bloating is much less than before surgery, and I don't have cramps.
I had a flap hanging over my incision for awhile, that is gone now. I don't remember when it left.
My biggest problem was constipation, I had to take DSS for 3 months after surgery. I am ok now if I remember to drink enough water (hard to do at work!). If I drink 2 or 3 liters a day I don't need stool softeners and I don't swell. Good luck! Dee
Unread 01-04-2005, 09:58 PM
Will I always have this horrible looking stomach

Im with you Cheryl and Danika, Before surgery I had no rolls now above the incision its like there is a pooch roll, Im a little over weight, 5ft and 124 lbs But my stomach was flat. Any ladies out there know if this will go away or atleast flatten out, or will a mean a trip to my plastic surgion.
Unread 01-05-2005, 10:44 AM
Will I always have this horrible looking stomach

I am almost 6 months post op. I am thin and have had a very flat ab.area.all my life.The swelly belly situation has improved. BUT I still have that flab of skin over the incision. Does anyone know if this is age related? I have this idea that younger sisters will see this go away.But older people ,like myself,might have to live with it because of reduced skin elasticity caused by aging. Does anyone know??Who has it disappeared for? Who still has it?????I hope we get alot of feedback on this one. I have been but no yet.
Unread 01-05-2005, 11:30 AM
Will I always have this horrible looking stomach

Whoa, you describe exactly what I have too! I know I had excess fat in my belly, but it all collected right above my incision like a shelf! Hate to look in the mirror! I had one C-section and doc used the same incision because I whined that I didn't want a vertical if at all possible. Then when I saw my gross belly, I figured a vertical couldn't have looked much worse. Although I was MUCH thinner when I had my c-section, I don't remember it looking this way--or hurting this much either! I'm at 5 weeks and can't even image trying stomach exercises for awhile, I still get sore easily with lots of activity.
Unread 01-05-2005, 11:54 AM
Will I always have this horrible looking stomach

Let me jump on the bandwagon, too! Prior to surgery, I had a little ponch, mostly noticed when sitting. Since the surgery, I have that extra flap above the incision. But to add insult to injury....I have multi-sized lumps scattered in different areas of my tummy and celulite there, too. For crying out loud.....I'm a mess!!

Having the surgery and knowing I'll be ok physically is really the most important thing......But....

All I'll need is for ONE person to tell me that it does go away with excersise and I'll be a happy camper.
Unread 01-05-2005, 12:05 PM
Will I always have this horrible looking stomach

One thing you have to realize, when you have a TAH, they cut your abd muscles and it takes a good while for them to heal and get back to doing what they were doing prior to surgery. Some may never go away, some might....It will be longer than 6 weeks before you can do any abd workouts, you need to clarify this with your doc, but at 2 weeks, it will be there awhile, I think ya'll might be thinking all should be fixed by now, it doesn't work that way. This was major surgery and it can take 6-12 months to be completely healed on the inside.
Unread 01-05-2005, 01:21 PM
Will I always have this horrible looking stomach

I am still wondering about the age and exercise stuff and how it relates to the flabby ledge thing.How old are you, dee2b????Sounds like your news is generally encouraging. I hope older sisters who are 12 months+ can comment on this issue. I want to know more about this!!

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