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At the risk of sounding like a total lush.... I'm 3 1/2 wks post-op and would love to have a few drinks out with friends. I've avoided it completely since a week before my surgery. I've even attended 2 of the Cavs play-off games drinking only water.
We are supposed to meet up with friends at a bar tonight and I want to drink but am terrified of swelling. I've had little or no problems with swelling thus far by being very careful with my diet and avoiding carbonated beverages too.
So how long did you guys wait and will I swell like a balloon if I drink?
I think you will be fine to have a couple drinks. Maybe drink lots of water before and after. I had a couple glasses of wine about 2-3 wks post op and didn't experience more or less swelling. Enjoy and have one for me!
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I was really concerned about swelling with drinking alcohol too after reading the boards. I just returned today from Provence (southern France) and drank a couple glasses of wine a day - couldn't help it! I drank tons of water before and after and took my Bromelain. I had no difference in swelling at all. I'm 3 weeks post op.
I was lucky enough to find some apple cider vinegar at the store tonight, so I'm going to give that a shot too! Everyone else seems to have luck with it.
I had red wine in the hospital about 4 days post op, and again last weekend, neither time seemed to affect swelling or anything else. I was told in hosptial red wine was good to have, I never even considered the possibilty of it causing more swelling
Some people are really sensitive to the chemicals in wine, especially red wine, and it does cause them to swell and/or have headaches. I don't do well with wine for those reasons--always makes me puff up, even without the surgery trauma. However, I have no problem with "hard" alcohol......so I can have mixed drinks with no problem. Obviously, can't mix it with pain meds.
I went out last weekend for dinner with my Dh, I had 2 glasses of Chardonnay with dinner and the next day I swelled up like a balloon. I even went as far as calling my PS, she had to be paged, because my stomach felt so sore and tight, kinda like when you are pregnant and the baby is pushing against your tight skin and has no place to go. I was very uncomfortable, my PS said to alternat heat and ice and stay off my feet. So I did what i was told. Felt much better the next day. I think it was a combination of restaurant food (very salty) and the wine.
The week before I had one cosmopolitan and had no problem. That time was not combined with dinner out. My PS said she recommends alcohol only occasionally and in moderation. We are all different. We need to get back to our former selves sooner or later...Have fun.....Betz51
I suspected that it would be okay to have a few... still a little nervous about the swelling but probably just like everything else, I'll ease back into it. Thanks for the warning on eating out. I've read that in other posts and will try to be very aware of what is in the food I'm ordering.
As long as you are over the heavy meds it shouldnt be a problem. Why the concern with swelling anyway? It comes, it goes, it doesnt have any long term effects. So you are fat, swollen, a bit ouchie or airbourne for a few hours.....it makes no difference over the longtem effects of surgery. Unless you are going for a photo shoot and need to look as skinny as possible, who else really cares?
Only mixing alcohol with meds can cause damage....and it wont be to the area that was worked on...it'll be systemic.
i am four weeks, went out carrying on saturday night, i mean all night dancing drinking eating laughing...............im still paying for it. but it was worth the fun as long as i didnt break anything!
have fun! enjoy yourself! forget about your surgery for the night!!!!!!
I am just over 3 weeks post op for TT and BR. I am so happy that I did the surgery but originally was only going to do a BR. I got kind of sucked in by my friends who said I may as well get my tummy done at the same time. I like the results but the recovery is tough. The whole tummy tightening is really hard (literally). It reminds me of contractions when I was pregnant but the contractions last a lot longer. Regarding drinking alcohol - I like to have a drink now and then but have really suffered if I have anymore than 3. I've had wine, champagne and today was margarita on the rocks with NO salt. I thought I was ok but no. My husband had to take me home after I came out of the bathroom having taken off my Spanx because I could not breathe!! I was in tears for about 30 minutes and when I got home I took everything off and lay down. After a gallon of water I felt much better. I have not learned my limitations but it's hard because I feel so good with everything else. It's hard when you get so many great compliments from friends and family. You get carried away. Anyway just a little warning. Drink a large glass of water with every glass or wine (or whatever). Beer is not a good idea so that is off of the menu.
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