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Question for the post op ladies on healing

Question for the post op ladies on healing

Postby FireChick » Sat Aug 10, 2013 6:27 am

Hi Ladies!
I’m wondering if any of you post op girls can give me a general idea of how long it was before you could resume all regular activities? Two years ago I had a lower body lift after having lost 180 lbs. So happy with my results and I’m ready for stage 2 which is a breast lift and an arm lift to remove excess skin. I’m trying to figure out how long the healing process will be - I am a full time firefighter and my job is obviously quite physical. I do realize everyone heals a little bit differently, but a ballpark time frame would help me to determine the length of time I could expect to be off work. Any input would be appreciated. Thank You. :D
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Re: Question for the post op ladies on healing

Postby cathbou1985 » Sat Aug 10, 2013 4:20 pm

Hello there

I had a brachioplasty earlier this year in february. The surgeon gave me two months off work, but in my case, I have a desk job, and could have start working sooner.

The first two weeks, I had heavy bandages on both arms, from the shoulder to the wrist, and was unable to do anything by myself, including going bathroom.

I don't know if they put those bandages if you have a compression garment, but in my case, I did not have any since they called me one day before my surgery to tell me another patient cancelled and that I could have his spot.

I didn't had much pain, but let's says that, after having a surgery done, you see how much we do use our arms for almost everything! When they removed my bandages and I had compression sleeves on, the first couples of days I had a hard time eating, cause it was hurting simply when I was getting the fork to my mouth.

Pain afterword, was mostly when I was pushing myself up from bed or sofa, or when I was turning in my bed. I could not lift heavy things like groceries for at least two months after the surgery. I did not have any pain at this point tho. My arms were getting tired fast tho, like when holding the wheel when driving. I had to alternate arms, and have them rest on my lap. So I was not driving long distance at first.

I guess being in your case, being a firefighter, it will take a lil longer than someone with a desk job to return to work. Especially since alot of your work have to do with lifting heavy equipment.

I was expecting way more pain than what I felt tho. I need to have another surgery done cause the surgeon did not took enough skin out, but so far I'm happy and do not regret having it done. Having someone with you for the first weeks is a must in my opinion.
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Re: Question for the post op ladies on healing

Postby KirstenHope » Sun Aug 11, 2013 10:24 am

I am 16 days post op and I am doing great. I have compression sleeves on all the time except when I wash them. I am back to doing almost everything I did before. I am not trying to carry groceries but my motion in my arms is back. The underside of my arms is numb. I had a Breast Lift at the same time and the girlks are doing good. I am wearing full coverage cotton bras. My breast are numb too. I do not have a lot of swelling in the arms but I do still have swelling under my arms on the side because of the Lipo. I work from home so I was able to go back to work pretty quick. Good luck!!
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Re: Question for the post op ladies on healing

Postby FireChick » Mon Aug 12, 2013 2:27 pm

Thanks very much for your advice and input ladies, I really appreciate it!
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Re: Question for the post op ladies on healing

Postby sarah.l » Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:27 am

KirstenHope wrote:I am 16 days post op and I am doing great. I have compression sleeves on all the time except when I wash them. I am back to doing almost everything I did before. I am not trying to carry groceries but my motion in my arms is back. The underside of my arms is numb. I had a Breast Lift at the same time and the girlks are doing good. I am wearing full coverage cotton bras. My breast are numb too. I do not have a lot of swelling in the arms but I do still have swelling under my arms on the side because of the Lipo. I work from home so I was able to go back to work pretty quick. Good luck!!

Hi Kirsten - thanks for sharing!
Did you use anything or take anything for swelling/healing besides the compression garments?
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