Tummy Tuck, Weight Loss

Recovery Update: Days 2-5

Is it already Day 5 Post Op?! It seems like time is flying by most of the time. Day 1, or the actual surgery day, was a bit of a blur. I was in and out of it all day with the anesthesia wearing off. I attempted to sleep in my bed on the first day and it was a little tough getting in and out of bed so I ended up back in my recliner around 3am. I really wanted to be able to sleep in bed but couldn’t feel comfortable laying completely flat. The next day the hubs came home with this beauty


I called it the abominable snowman. It is a bed rest type wedge pillow and it has been perfect for sleeping in bed! I still needed some help getting in and out of bed for the first 3 days or so. Now on day 5 I can get in and out of bed and my recliner relatively easily with no assistance. I can also stand up almost straight and walk around easily as well.


I have also been decreasing my pain medication and still feeling pretty good. There are, of course, some moments where I am more uncomfortable than others. Over the past 5 days I haven’t felt like the pain was unmanageable at all. I feel really good in the mornings and can tell my core gets more tired as the day goes on. I’ve been sleeping in bed from 9pm until about 5:30am with 1 or 2 bathroom trips a night. I spend most of the day in my recliner and have been taking a few short naps throughout the day. I make sure I get up and walk around at least 5-10 minutes every hour. It has become a game of finding balance between the right amount of rest and the right amount of moving around.


I still have my lovely drains in. I will have them until Tuesday as long as they are putting out less than 25mL on each drain in a 24 hour period. Which they are right on the edge of doing at this point. When it comes to eating I have just been eating what is easy. We have been so blessed to have people bringing us food for dinners and such. And believe it or not when we first got married Chris did most of the cooking because I was such a horrible cook… so he CAN cook I just usually don’t let him.

Speaking of Chris… He has been an absolute saint. His stress level has been through the roof but he has been doing so well taking care of me, Payton, and the CrossFit. Since I was feeling so much better than expected we actually snuck out and had a quick dinner in the real world!


My scars are healing surprisingly well. All I need now is a shower and I’ll be good to go! haha.

Seriously, I can’t thank you enough for all your support and well wishes. I’m more than pleased with the results so far and can’t wait to share them with you. Do you all have any questions about the procedure/recovery that I can answer for you? Feel free to email me or leave them in the comments!

Have you ever had to recover from surgery? Any tips or tricks?


7 thoughts on “Recovery Update: Days 2-5”

  1. I’m on day 2 of my surgery. I’m hoping soon I won’t be in such pain. It’s pretty bad today! I had the tummy tuck front and back with lipo. I came home today and feel better being home, but this pain is awful. I’m hoping to feel better real soon!


  2. How are you dealing with the numbness? I find it hard to cough. Holding a pillow to my stomach is a joke. It doesn’t help at all. How long before the swelling went down?

    Thank you


  3. I’m at day 7 post op. I had breast revision and Lipo all around the middle and sides. I got one of those bed pillows too, but I used it to prop up my knees and feet then used multiple pillows under my head. I sleep in a sort of U…it works since I don’t have a recliner. Today was the first day without any pain pills!
    I used a white karate belt behind my head and my husband Al would assist me in getting out of bed the first 3 days. That worked very well for me. I also wore a soft cotton t-shirt under my compression garment, it was much more comfortable.
    My dr. Also used Expurelle spelling might not be exact but it’s a long acting pain medication they use inside while doing the Lipo. It was an additional $300 but so worth the money. I had no pain for 2.5 days after surgery. That’s my best tip!


  4. Thank you for sharing, I have literally seen nothing but horror stories about pain after tumny tuck that I almost canceled my surgery, however seeing this made me feel confidant that I can do this. Do you get what they call swell hell? And honestly how bad is it? Thanx again!!


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