Sunday, July 14, 2013

My Abdominal Surgery Part 4

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Being that tomorrow marks the three month mark since my abdominal surgery, I thought an update post was in order. In case you’re new around here or you just don’t remember, I had a ventral hernia repair with mesh, an umbillical hernia repair, and an abdominoplasty on April 15. I decided to have the surgery to feel comfortable with my body and to stop looking 4-5 months pregnant.

Two weeks after my surgery, my incision had to be reopened and in place of a belly button, I was left with an open wound which needed to be cleaned and packed every day. In the beginning, I had a nurse who came to my house every day to clean and repack the wound. I am squeamish and wasn’t even able to look at my stomach, but my husband was able to take over for the nurse after two weeks and since then he has been taking care of the wound.

It’s been three months, but I do still have a wound on my stomach. I was planning to have a repeat surgery on July 3, but luckily the wound has been healing well on its own. It is far from looking normal or good, but it is much much better than it was originally! When I last saw my doctor, I was given the go ahead to swim, with a waterproof bandage covering the wound, and to work out. Although my surgery changed the shape of my stomach and removed 3 pounds of skin, I still have awhile to go with losing weight and looking how I want to look. As well, my hips and some of my stomach is still swollen from the surgery. I’m hoping that will resolve with time.

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This is what I’m looking like now.

I’ve started an exercise program where I do a cardio plan on Mondays and Wednesdays. On Tuesdays I do “Lower Body Sculpt” and on Thursdays I do “Upper Body Sculpt.” Of course, this assumes I go to the gym all 4 days! So far I haven’t, but I hope to continue building back my work outs until I can see some progress!

9 comments:

Janine Huldie said...

Dara, you are looking so good and also so happy that you are finally healing. I know it has been a long process, but looks like it was worth it!! :)

Tamar SB said...

You're looking great! Good for you and I am glad you're healing well! Good luck with the gym plan, I am sure you'll get it going and do great!

Kimberley Tobin said...

Glad to see you're healing! You are looking great! Keep motivated at the gym, you've come so far and it will be worth it :)

KC Coake said...

Looks great! I'm so glad you didn't have to have the repeat surgery to close things up. Good luck with the workout plan. I'm training for another half and wishing I hadn't signed up for one that is in September when it is still nasty hot. Oh well...live and learn.
KC

Jennifer said...

You are looking great! Good to know you are healing well now.

Kera @ Nugget On A Budget said...

I agree that you're looking great and are happy with the progress you've been making. I'm sure things will continue to heal as well. I know, it's always hard to get started with a new routine! You can do it, though :)

Breenah said...

It does look so much better! Glad you're finally seeing results and didn't have to have surgery again!

Leslie @ Violet Imperfection said...

Looking good! I'm so glad you don't need another surgery. :)

Libby said...

You look great! I'm glad that the wound is finally healing up. Maybe you won't have to have that other surgery after all.