ARNICA tablets will reduce swelling. They may be bought from BOOTS or HOLLAND & BARRETT. These should be started a few days before surgery and continued for several days afterwards.
The stitches you have are dissolving and do not need removing. Occasionally a small piece of stitch may remain and need removing.
You must keep your dressing as dry as possible until your follow up appointment.
Swelling and bruising may be severe.
Immediately after surgery there will be occasionally dramatic swelling, which means you may be alarmed that your abdomen still appears large. SEROMA will have been discussed preoperatively and may require drainage in out-patients. If you feel fluid is collecting or extreme swelling, please contact the practice. Swelling will decrease over the next 6 - 12 months.
Please bear in mind that we will endeavor to give you the abdominal reduction you desire, but it may be that to obtain the desired reduction in size, this may compromise wound healing as well as shape of the abdomen. This will have been discussed with you at your initial consultation and in your pre operative discussion on the day of surgery. The operation we have performed is to ensure a SAFE and NATURAL result.
Scarring is always an issue and hopefully your scarring will be reasonable. If scarring is an issue we will endeavor to correct this. There is usually no surgeons charge for this, but possibly a facility fee may be due however. Any corrective surgery will only be undertaken when post operative swelling settles which may be after 9 - 12 months.
At your follow up appointment you will be given further advice regarding scar massage.