Contributed By Lauren Stone
“Comfort” and “relief” are two instinctual needs that typically fall high on the list of “top priorities” after any kind of surgery, especially a "tummy-tuck" or Abdominoplasty. Your mind and body need optimal healing time from the inside out to truly restore to their fullest potential. With this healing comes quite a bit of necessary rest and relaxation, and when you’re in pain, the last thing you want to concern yourself with is how to find it.
Invasive plastic surgeries like Abdominoplasty, or most commonly known as a tummy tuck, require the patient to heal restoratively for a longer period of time than would a lesser invasive day-surgery. The physician will usually recommend slow, easy movements or sometimes immobility for the patient for an extended period of time in which to heal properly.
“Expect the initial tummy tuck recovery phase to last several weeks, during which time your abdomen will feel uncomfortable. Plan to take about two weeks off from work, depending on the physical demands of your job. Make an effort to ease back into your normal routine gradually rather than all at once. Limit strenuous activities and exercise, especially activities that may injure the abdomen, for at least six weeks. The recovery period is typically longest for those undergoing traditional rather than mini tummy tuck, and for those who are combining a tummy tuck with other surgical procedures. Most patients find that the full results of their surgery become visible within about six months.” Source: www.mysurgerymd.com. In some extreme cases, post-operative hospital care may be required to be monitored for any major complications, so ensuring the utmost comfort at all times means investing in the proper padding, elevation and rest space.
After the initial surgery, elevating the lower body (as if you were sitting in a lawn chair) is a highly recommended position; prop a pillow underneath both your lower back and underneath your knees for major support. Elevating the sore area of the body will help to relax the muscles, relieving any intense pain and aide in quicker healing. Dr. Tavallali, a renowned plastic surgeon explains that “Early movement of the body and legs in particular is imperative after any surgery, but particularly after tummy tucks. Abdominoplasty tends to be one of the longer procedures that a cosmetic plastic surgeon performs. The longer operating time means there is more chance for clotting of blood in the veins of the legs and if that is combined with prolonged lying around the bed in the days after surgery, the risk of more clots forming and leading to pulmonary embolism is much greater. It is literally “deadly to lie around”, after abdominal surgery in particular. Source: www.thecosmeticplasticsurgeon.com.
This is why there is such an importance stressed upon comfort and rest post-surgery. Without proper healing, it is impossible for the body to fully recover, leaving the patient at risk for a plethora of infection or potentially serious complications. Contour Products, a specialty orthopedic bedding company scientifically crafted various products ideal for recovery from such surgeries as a tummy tuck. Products for tummy-tuck surgery recovery include wedge cushion sets and offer the patient optimal comfort and support during the recovery period while easing painful situations.
The BackMax Back and Body Wedge 3-piece multi-functional wedge pillow system provides complete back and body comfort. The ergonomically designed cushions allow you to arrange them in multiple configurations to suite your individual support needs. You have the option of placing your body in a zero gravity position, one of the most relaxed positions for your body, as you are angled at 120-degrees. The knee wedge elevates both the feet and legs.
The benefits of this product are countless for post-invasive surgery healing, as it can be used in bed or on the floor and making it a perfect accessory for watching television, napping or reading. Multi-functional full body support system helps creates positions recommended for elevating all parts of the body, including upper body, legs and feet. However, Contour Living has highlighted the top eight most comfortable and supportive positions using the BackMax Back and Body wedge cushion. Comfort can be found in an upright seated position, reclined with elevated knee support, just elevating the head and neck, reclining with full leg and calf support, in an arched position, reclined supporting just the knees, or perhaps reclined supporting the calves.
Offering your body this type of comfort and support will only enhance your results. We’ve taken the time to invest in the care of our bodies through extensive surgery, so it is just as important to invest in top-of-the-line quality and care.