Staying Open-Minded About Your Healthcare

When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, I didn't know what I was going to do. After the devastation subsided, I decided to take a very standard, western approach to my healing. Although initial efforts were successful, my cancer recurred a few months later. I endured many additional months of treatment before I started focusing on myself. I decided it was time to incorporate complimentary alternative treatments into my healing regimen, including massage therapy. I can't even begin to tell you how much it changed my life. My healing became a process, instead of something I simply had to endure. I hope that the articles on my website can inspire you to stay open-minded about your own healthcare.

Recovering From Your Tummy Tuck

Health & Medical Blog

A tummy tuck is a great way to remove excess fat and skin from your abdomen to get the midsection that you always wanted. If you are going to have a tummy tuck or are just thinking about one, you should know what to expect after the procedure. Recovery from a tummy tuck is, after all, recovery from a major surgery. There are a few things that you should keep in mind when you are recovering from your surgery for the best results possible.

Bed Rest

For the first few days after your surgery, you should limit your movements and stay confined to your bed. This is in order to prevent the separation of the wound and prevent infection that might occur during wound separation. You should be in bed with the top half of your body slightly elevated, and your legs slightly bent with supports under them. These keeps your blood flowing, as well as prevents the stomach from being stretched out, rather allowing it to be relaxed and heal. 

Take Your Meds

Your surgeon will prescribe you both pain medication as well as antibiotics after your surgery. You should take your pain meds before your pain gets too severe, or else you may have to end up taking more in order to combat the severe pain. You should take your antibiotics every day until the entire course is completed. These antibiotics help prevent infection, but if you don't finish your course properly, you might end up with an infection that is harder to fight off. 

Wear Your Compression Garment

Most, if not all, surgeons will outfit you with a compression garment to be worn after surgery. This garment should be worn at all times for the first few days after surgery. This compression garment does a few things. First, it helps to it helps to lower the swelling present in your stomach. Secondly, it helps to prevent excess fluid buildup. Wearing your garment helps ensure that you have successful results, and it should not be taken off at all for the first part of recovery. 

Abstain From Smoking

If you are a smoker, you should do your best to limit your cigarettes, or not smoke at all, following surgery. Smoking makes it harder for your body to heal properly and can increase the length of time it will take to fully recover from your surgery. 

Use these tips and follow your surgeon's aftercare suggestions in order to ensure that you have the most successful tummy tuck surgery. Visit for more information.


9 April 2016