I had been planning this procedure for at least 3 years – in 2005 I did some research into it and managed to scare myself – by reading the available “BAD” publicity (as that is all that makes the news – horror stories) – but I am sure that for every 100 over exaggerated stories – there is one simple, uneventful process story like mine!
Anyway after much deliberation and further research (I could write a thesis on research) I managed to find the perfect Surgeon! Someone who I felt comfortable with, someone who made me feel like I was normal. He was the only Consultant who showed me before and after pictures of recent cases without me having to ask to see them, he clearly explained the process to me – step by step, and he managed to put me totally at ease with what he can do and with what results I should expect.
I did some more research on Mr Uppal and I discovered that he had far more experience than his face showed!! I discussed things over with my husband (he has always been 100% behind me on this), and I called to make my appointment for the treatment,
Tuesday 30th September 2008 – was the date – the day seemed very long – and my surgery was booked in for 6pm – I arrived at the Nuffield at the designated time – and waited – this was probably the most nerve racking time – it was a good job I was nil by mouth – as I could not have kept anything down! It was rather interesting to talk to the nurses – they all had very positive things to say about him and the end results that they have seen on other patients – all good to hear!
After the basic processes and the dreaded gown – the Anaethetist came to see me – he asked a few routine questions and explained what he would do once I was in theatre, then Mr Uppal arrived – a little late – but I was in no rush anyway. He covered the process again and I signed the paperwork – he then took the “before” photos and promised me that I would be very proud of the end result! All I wanted was to be rid of the excess skin under my tummy button – the residue of having two rather large and lovely babies.
Then I was taken down for the op.
The next thing I recall is being woken gently by a nurse coming to do the obs. I was awake,I had a cup of tea and felt ontop of the world – as you do! Obs were taken throughout the night – and I slept through some of them, in the early hours of the morning I needed to use the toilet – this was a carefully planned manouvre – with military precision – I was dreading taking off the support garment – but I did not need to – as it was crotchless, which was a relief. The nurses that night were excellent and very careful. And offered me pain relief – but I did not need it.
Wednesday morning I was a little woosy and did not fancy any food – but tea and biscuits was good. All I wanted to do was be back to normal – to have a shower and wash my hair!!! I spent all of Wednesday in bed – tired, and restless -but never once sore or in pain. I had visitors in the evening – and they wanted to see the drains and the dressings etc nothing eventful. Later that evening the nurses came to remove the drains and they were pleased with the fact Mr Uppal was using the newer versions which are much easier to manage and less messy. This process was again painless – although I was expecting some serious pain as I could not see where the drains went into me – the most painful part was the removal of the sticky plaster from the pubic area!
Thursday morning I was allowed to have a shower – I was accompanied by a nurse and she helped me get dressed too, later that morning my husband collected me and before I knew it I was home. He had kitted the bed room out ready and everything was at hand.
Recovery has been ongoing since then, everyday I get a little better and a little more straighter – it sounds odd -but you find yourself walking around a little hunched over for a while – but the more you walk about the better as discovered! The pain management was easy – and once the medications were finished I really did not need to have any more -pill popping is not something I enjoy and I found that I did not really need any pain killers as there really was little or no pain.
I was off work for one complete week and worked from home for the second week- I have made an excellent recovery – and it has been rather uneventful – thanks to Mr Uppal and the Nuffield.
I was dreading the removal of the dressing – but this has proven to be pain free too- I am amazed that I have recovered so well and so quickly – nothing like the stories you read on the web or in the papers, my scar is long but it is much better than what was there before, now I am just waiting for the swelling to do down fully.
Mrs KB, Tummy Tuck, 30th September 2008.