Tummy Tuck Recovery

A Comprehensive Program to Support Your Recovery & Comfort After Tummy Tuck Surgery

The amount of time it takes to recover from tummy tuck surgery varies depending upon the extent of abdominal repair required and each patient’s physical condition. The majority of tummy tuck procedures include repair of the muscle wall and require 10 to 14 days to recover. If no muscle wall repair is necessary, the recovery period is 7 to 10 days.

Dr. Patronella developed a comprehensive recovery program to ensure his patients’ recovery from tummy tuck surgery is as smooth, comfortable, and speedy as possible. The components of this program include:

  • Gentle postsurgical therapeutic massage with a certified massage therapist in the relaxing setting of Dr. Patronella’s Added Touch Medical Spa
  • Vitamins and products formulated to prepare your body for surgery and support its healing afterwards
  • A visit to your home/hotel a day or two after surgery from a certified medical professional from Dr. Patronella’s Home Health team who will monitor your recovery and provide your caregiver with helpful instructions for your care

Therapeutic Massage

This gentle massage blends Lymphatic and Swedish massage techniques to provide the following benefits:

  • Stimulate the lymphatic system to reduce bruising and swelling
  • Help you to regain your flexibility and range-of-motion
  • Stimulate nerve endings to help diminish numbness

Home Health Visit

As part of this exclusive service, patients recovering in the Houston area are offered a private visit to their homes or hotel accommodations from a certified medical professional who monitors their recovery, changes bandages, and educates the patient’s caregiver in providing appropriate care techniques. This healthcare professional provides Dr. Patronella with an update on the patient’s recovery, which allows him to address any potential concerns.

Vitamin Recovery Support Program

To support the healing and recovery of his patients from surgery, Dr. Patronella provides his patients with a vitamin nutritional system that is taken for two weeks prior to surgery and two weeks after. These vitamins are formulated with nutrients that speed wound healing, support the immune system, prevent infection, minimize inflammation, and reduce bruising. Known for their beneficial role in the healing process, these nutrients include vitamin A, vitamin C, copper, selenium, bioflavonoids, bromelain, quercetin, and homeopathic Arnica Montana.

Dr. Patronella’s Tummy Tuck Recovery Guide 

Prior to your surgery, a member of Dr. Patronella’s staff will discuss information to help you prepare for your tummy tuck surgery and recovery, reviewing subjects such as preparations to follow before surgery, medications and herbs to avoid prior to surgery, and instructions for the postoperative period.

In addition, Dr. Patronella created a Tummy Tuck Recovery Guide to provide you with instructions and recommendations for each stage of  the recovery process.  This helpful guides covers topics such as arrangements to make before surgery, items to have on hand, appropriate forms of exercise, ideal recovery foods and those to avoid, and incision care. In addition, helpful tips from some of his tummy tuck patients are included to give you encouragement and insights from a patient’s point of view.

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As Dr. Patronella's patient coordinator for nearly 20 years, Eva Cadena will work with you to ensure that your experience is professional, courteous, and rewarding in every way. Please call her with any questions you may have.

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