I work in an office. I sit most of the day. If I got a full tummy tuck, when can I go back to work?

I work in an office. I sit most of the day. If I got a full tummy tuck, when can I go back to work? I would have someone that could drive me to and from the office.

If I took a week off would that be enough time?

Congrats on your surgery. Most patients do not feel comfortable for 10 to 14 days following a TT. If you do not have the muscles repaired you may be able to return to work sooner. Your best bet is to follow the instructions of your surgeon.

Todd B. Koch, MD, FACS
Todd B. Koch, MD, FACS
6315 Sheridan DrBuffaloNY14221US

Todd B. Koch, MD, FACS

6315 Sheridan Dr, Buffalo, NY,
UNITED STATES, 14221

Thank you for your question. Individual recovery times will vary to some extent. Most patients who have an office job and don't need to perform any strenuous activity or be on their feet all day can usually return back to work within one week. Use of long acting injectable pain medication like Exparel during surgery can help enhance recovery. Also not having a drain can speed up return to work and allow for a more comfortable recovery. I would recommend that you meet with a board-certified plastic surgeons” to discuss the procedure and recovery expectations in more detail.

Olga S. Bachilo, MD
Olga S. Bachilo, MD

Olga S. Bachilo, MD

Glamour Plastic Surgery and Med Spa,
6300 West Loop S, #620, Bellaire, TX,
UNITED STATES, 77401

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Thank you for your question! "Tummy tuck" or abdominoplasty can take 3 hours or more and if you’re having the procedure as an outpatient, you’ll be able to go home shortly thereafter. There is a special technique --a pain pump-- that speeds up the recovery and minimizes postoperative discomfort by releasing pain medication in the abdomen during the first few days after surgery. You should ask your doctor if they use this because it can make a big difference in the speed and ease of recovery. My patients generally return to work in two weeks. Note that you may walk and sit a little hunched over for a few days after the operation. Don’t even try to stand up straight during this time—you risk separating the incisions. Also, you should minimize the strenuousness or suddenness of such exertions as coughing, sneezing, and laughing.

I suggest making an appointment with a board certified plastic surgeon who can explain in detail to you what your options

Michelle Copeland, MD, FACS
Michelle Copeland, MD, FACS
1001 5th AveNew YorkNY10028US

Michelle Copeland, MD, FACS

1001 5th Ave, New York, NY, UNITED STATES,
10028

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