At the end of your operation, a supportive garment that you have brought in with you will be applied. This should be worn more or less day and night except for showering & when washing the garment. You should continue to wear this garment day and night for the next 6 weeks post operatively unless otherwise advised by Dr. Griffin.
It is not uncommon to have pain and ache after abdominoplasty. This usually begins to settle over the next few days. General discomfort will go on for a longer period of time. While you are in hospital the nursing staff will have orders for pain relief to make you comfortable. On discharge you will be provided with pain medication or with a script. Aspirin based analgesics should NOT be taken.
If your operative areas become more painful instead of less after the first few days please phone Dr. Griffins office.
At the end of the operation your wound will be dressed with Hypafix tape which should remain in place until your first post operative visit which is usually 7-10 days after the operation. The hypafix tape can get wet and it is therefore possible for you to shower and pat the dressings dry. If the nursing staff in the hospital need to use a different dressing that can not get wet they will let you know. If in any doubt, please contact our rooms for advice.
Drains are routinely used following your surgery, helping to remove any fluid or blood that may accumulate in the area of the surgery. These are usually left in for 2-3 days, and in most cases they are removed prior to discharge from hospital.
The abdominal suture line usually has dissolving sutures in place, and these are trimmed at your first post op appointment. The sutures around the umbilicus will also be removed at this time, and whilst not dissolving their removal is simple and painless.
In order to minimize scarring after your surgery, we recommend that you wear hypafix tape for a period of 6 weeks. The scar can remain a pink/purple colour for several months after your surgery as it will take a full 12 months for the scar to mature and settle. Use of vitamin E creams/bio oil or rose hip oil is recommended after the initial phase of healing and can be used once hypafix taping is completed.
It is recommended that 2 weeks off work following this procedure is necessary. If however you have a physically demanding job or you undertake heavy lifting, more time off work will probably be required. It is preferable that you discuss this matter with Mr Griffin prior to your surgery so arrangements at your work are in place. For the first 3-4 days you will feel that there is tension on the abdominal suture line when you stand up straight. This feeling will settle with time as the skin stretches. Normal walking exercises can usually be resumed during the first or second week after the operation however more strenuous activities such as sports or physical exercise should wait for approximately 6 weeks after surgery.
You should avoid driving for the first 1-2 weeks after surgery
Post op appointment:
Your post operative appointment is usually made prior to your surgery. If a post operative appointment has been arranged and you are unable to attend, please contact our rooms prior to surgery so alternative times can be looked at. Post operative care is a very important part of the process to ensuring that you achieve the results you are wanting. Usually post operative visits take place regularly over the first 6 weeks, so it is important that you ensure that you will be available over this time to attend appointments as they are required.
If you have any questions or concerns after your surgery, please contact our rooms to discuss these with the nursing staff. If it is after hours or on the week end, again call the rooms number and advice on how to contact Mr Griffin will be given to you.