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Information on how to manage after diep surgery - tummy tuck part

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Jill1998
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Re: Information on how to manage after diep surgery - tummy tuck part

Thanks for sharing , hope your recovery is going well .

Seagulls
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Information on how to manage after diep surgery - tummy tuck part

From NHS website - about having a tummy tuck but relevant to diep immediate reconstruction

this is worth looking at as the diep surgery involves having a tummy tuck to get the flap for breast reconstruction. I was not aware of what I should have done re supporting my tum with a corset although I did wear a pair of my cycle shorts for a short while to support my tum. This didn’t work that well as I had a weeping wound so I needed more than that. Anyway I have recovered a lot now.

See below for what the NHS says:

You will need to take about 4 to 6 weeks off work and exercise. You will not be able to drive for a few weeks after the operation (your surgeon and insurance company can advise you about this).

It takes about 6 weeks to fully recover and to see the full effect of a tummy tuck.

You'll usually need to wear a special type of corset or tummy-control pants for 6 weeks, to encourage your skin to heal properly and to reduce any swelling. Generally, you'll need to take it easy during this time and keep your knees bent while in bed, to avoid putting strain on your stitches.

After a few weeks you will probably be asked to attend a follow-up appointment to make sure the wound is healing properly.

After 6 weeks you will usually be able to stop wearing a corset and may return to doing most of your usually activities.