Post Operative Care Instructions for Tummy Tuck Surgery
Congratulations on your new contour! Now that your surgery is complete, we want to make sure you follow Dr. Islur’s instructions very carefully for optimal healing results. At this point of your abdominoplasty process, Dr. Islur has already thoroughly explained post operative care with you, however, if at any time you have questions, do not hesitate to call for further instruction. It’s time to heal so let’s get started with rest and relaxation…
REST + Relaxation
• It is important that you take time to rest and recover from your surgery.
• If you have little ones, it is a good idea to get childcare during this time.
• When resting, it is ok to lie on your side. Tuck your legs up when lying on your side and place 2 to 3 pillows under your knees when sleeping on your back.
• Take 10 nice big deep breaths every hour while awake.
•When coughing or sneezing open your mouth and place your hands on your abdomen. Gently push on your abdominal closure to protect it.
• Don’t plan on driving, have a healthy diet and get some sleep.
• Make sure you walk as much as possible and lean forward at your waist to decrease tension on your abdominal closure.
• After 2 weeks you can begin to stand straight.
• Do not lift more than 10 lbs or perform abdominal exercises for more than 4 weeks if you have had your rectus muscles tightened.
• Anti-Pain medication can be taken after surgery.
• It is important for you to resume prescribed medications unless otherwise stated by Dr. Islur.
• Take your antibiotics as prescribed at the appropriate times until completed.
• Apply Polysporin to your incision lines 1x a day once steri-strips are removed.
• You can gently wash your abdominal area with a clean wet towel.
• Do not shower until your drains are removed.
• Do not soak surgical sites (no baths, pools, hot tubs, or lake water) for 2 weeks.
• Dry surgical site by gently patting with a clean towel or allow to air dry.
•Remove dressings 48 hours after surgery. Leave steri-strips in place for 3 to 4 days.
•Wear your compressive surgical binder for 4 to 6 weeks as instructed. Wear your binder for 20 to 24 hours for the first 4 weeks, then for 12 to 24 hours thereafter.
• Bleeding from your surgical site may occur following surgery. If it occurs hold constant firm pressure for 10 minutes with a clean towel. If bleeding persists, see our emergency care instructions below.
• Empty drains as instructed. Drains are removed once draining is less than 30cc over 24 hours.
• Place Polysporin at drain site and cover with gauze or a feminine hygiene pad to absorb fluid that may leak out. This is normal and can occur for 1 week.
• Drain sites will close in 7 to 10 days.
• If there is a gush of fluid that occurs, this is likely fluid that was not picked up by the drain, this is normal. Get into the shower and gently push on your abdomen or breast to encourage the fluid to drain out.
• If drainage persists or is predominantly fresh blood go to your nearest emergency department and contact Dr. Islur.
Two weeks after your surgery
Begin to massage your incisions with Vaseline body lotion or BioOil. Do not use vitamin E. If your incisions are going to be exposed to the sun, apply SPF 45 or higher for at least one year to prevent tanning.
Follow up appointments
You will have full access to Dr. Islur and his medical team during your recovery. Dr. Islur will inform you as to which clinic to visit for your follow up appointments.
If there is a concern about your surgery or your healing please call Dr. Islur’s nurse 204.237.2800 or call the office at 204.235.3020 (please state that you had tummy tuck surgery and the date of your operation). If on weekends or an emergency, please call 204. 237-2053 and ask to speak to with Dr. Islur or the plastic surgery resident on call.
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