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Posted 10/4/2012 by peanutterbutter in NSBR Board


PeaNut 56,203
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Posted: 10/4/2012 6:36:13 PM
Hi ladies - I have a coworker who is planning the surgery soonn - I'm just concerned that she is underestimating her healing time (she wanted to be back at work 3 weeks after giving birth, but had some complications, and came back at 5 weeks)- she plans to be back at work in 10 days from surgery. Moderately active job - lots of driving, some lifting, etc. She's also a single mom of a 13 month old, and has a bunch of animals. I'm trying to figure out where she may need help and for how long, so we can plan how to best help her? Thanks!


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Posted: 10/4/2012 6:41:22 PM
Mine was a long time ago, 1997 and no drains like I hear people get now-a-days. I could go back at the end of 2 weeks but milked the dr out of another week since I was getting paid anyways.



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Posted: 10/4/2012 7:20:53 PM
It is going to vary a great deal based on how much tissue is taken and how much reconstruction has to be done. I wasn't released to do any lifting (more than 5 pounds) , driving or normal activities for a month. But my incision was very extensive (more or less arm pit to armpit with only about 3" in the cleavage that was involved)

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Posted: 10/4/2012 7:27:55 PM
That's way too early. You really don't begin to heal inside for three weeks.

She won't be able to lift anything over 5 pounds for a long time.

Please have her go to this web site. Best message board online for reductions. There's a board specifically for reductions. I am a volunteer there. My reduction was two years ago and that site was a lifesaver.

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Posted: 10/4/2012 7:35:21 PM
I had one 11 years ago. I was off for 2 weeks, but I sat at a computer all day. I wasn't allowed to lift anything heavier than 5 lbs for a month.

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Posted: 10/4/2012 8:38:49 PM
A friend had this done a few months ago. I can't remember how long she was off work, but she had a terrible reaction to the surgical tape they used to hold the bandages on and that got all infected which prolonged her healing. Make sure she asks for the non-allergenic kind if at all possible.


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Posted: 10/4/2012 10:01:49 PM
I had mine done when my son was 2 yrs old. Was off work 3 1/2 weeks. No lifting or any activity during that 3 weeks.
No lift for several months afterwards. I had lots of help with carrying the groceries,
Laundry baskets, kids, etc. it's not an easy surgery to get
over but it was worth it.
I would rather have a child and I had horrible labor's than to go thru that again! It's not something to do on whim!

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Posted: 10/4/2012 10:10:46 PM
When I had mine done back in the late 90's, I was told the standard was 8 weeks but really depended on what you do. I was only out for 2 weeks, but I work at a computer. No lifting for a minimum of 8 weeks; I was told not even putting clothes in the washer/dryer and no pushing/pulling (vacuum cleaner). I forget how long I was told not to lift my arms above my head. Washing my hair was interesting.

She won't be able to do any lifting at work or her lift her 13 month old. No driving at least until the stitches are removed.


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Posted: 10/4/2012 10:35:58 PM
Hey Christine, I'm on the site you mentioned and remember you . Everyone is different but it took me a good 4 months and I didn't have any problems.

It's a tough recovery and what you said is 100 percent true.


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Posted: 10/5/2012 10:39:13 PM
Thanks ladies, she's not the type of person to ask other people to take care of her responsibilities, so we want to quietly put some back plans in place in case she needs us. Her surgeon made it sound very easy-peasy, and as if she would be at full steam 7-10 days after surgery. I did check into the recommended site, doesn't really look like that's the case.


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Posted: 10/5/2012 10:59:33 PM
Oh I forgot about washing my hair! That was so much fun, NOT! My Mom would come over and wash my hair for me in the kitchen sink. I couldn't move my arms till the drains and stitches came out.
The drains are nasty

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Posted: 10/6/2012 1:36:55 PM
That doctor is an idiot if he is making it sound all easy-peasy. This is a huge surgery! My Mom stayed with me almost 2 weeks. I slept in a recliner for 3-4 weeks because I could not sleep on my side at all. Even with taking good care of myself I developed a staph infection at around 5-6 weeks out.
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