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SURGERY SUPPLY LIST
Are you going to have a tummy tuck? Use this handy Tummy Tuck Surgery Supply List to be fully prepared for your post-op comfort. Get everything set up on your table and have everything within reach – prior to surgery, of course! Plus as a bonus, subscribe to Obtaining Bliss and get access to our Free Resource Library that includes this beautiful Supply List in printable format!
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Old towel or bed pads (something absorbent to lie on so you don’t bleed or leak other liquids onto your clean sheets)
- Toilet seat riser. I personally didn’t need this but others have found great use of it. This would be helpful if you don’t have someone that can help you recover.
- Shower Stool. I personally didn’t use this but others have found great use of it. Others have found that this is especially helpful in feeling more stable for their first shower.
- Walker. I personally didn’t need this but others have found great use of it. This would work well for someone who won’t always have someone there to help them to the bathroom.
- Rubbing alcohol. Trick: when you feel nauseous, wave it under your nose to really help with nausea.
- U-shaped pillow for neck. This makes it easier to sleep when you’re propped up.
- Access to extra pillows for comfort. Bolster Pillow I used a bolster pillow for about 6 months after my surgery. It’s extremely helpful because you won’t be able to lay flat, due to the tightness of your abdominal skin. Using the bolster under your knees and having multiple pillows for your neck and upper back will keep you “crunched”.
- Foam wedges. These are great to use later after your surgery if you’re a side sleeper. I used one for my back (so I wouldn’t roll over) and one for between my knees.
- Table-mate. This thing is amazing! I just have to say this was awesome for eating and for computer work. I worked from home for a few weeks during my recovery and this was so instrumental in making that work.
- Grab-it tool. This is great for short people like me, but also for hunched over tummy tuck recovery.
- Heating pad. For the back, I used for the back pain from hunching so much. Do not use on the abdomen.
- Lap tray/bed-and-breakfast tray. Similar to the table mate so you’d probably only need one or the other, not both. This is great for blocking pets/kids jumping onto tummy.
- Bendy straws. For easier drinking/sipping
- Comb/ponytail holder. To keep long hair out of your face.
- Pre-filled medications. Have all your medications filled and put by your bedside or wherever you’ll be recovering.
- Large plastic bag and/or trash can. By your recovery location for unexpected illnesses. Yep, it can happen.
- Color-coded pill cases. Easier for you and others assisting you
- Sterile gloves. Prevents infection while changing your dressings or touching your incisions
- Gauze. Either roll-out gauze or gauze pads.
- Unscented maxi pads. Great to place to help with any drain leakage and/or comfort between your skin and the CG. I connected 3 pads and placed over tummy tuck incision. Worked great!
- Chapstick. Lips can get really dry and chapped.
- Safety pins. To pin the drains to your CG so that they do not fall to the ground when you stand up. Do not pierce the tubes or the bulbs of your drain.
- Lanyards. Use to hold your drains up in the shower (from your neck), you will safety pin or clip to the lanyard (depends on the lanyard you have). This will make more sense to you later.
- Peppermint, Altoids, cough drops, etc. Aids sore throats caused by having tube down throat during surgery
- Cocoa butter/shea butter. I used only on my tummy, not anywhere near my scar.
- Neosporin/bacitracin or Manuka honey. For infections.
- Saline Wound Wash. Should you have any infections arise.
- 3M Micropore tape. Sold in Walgreens, Wal-Mart, or here, this tape is sold under the name “Nexcare Gentle Paper” tape — if you look on the back, it explains it’s the same exact tape.
- Slip-on shoes. Very difficult to bend over so you don’t want to have to tie shoes.
- Flushable wipes/baby wipes. To help you feel clean when showering is not possible.
- Anti-bacterial soap.
- Recliner. I used my recliner excessively! I even slept in it the first week in recovery.
- Tank tops. To wear under your binder (to prevent rubbing).
- Zippered tops. Easier to get dressed with these. These are especially helpful if you have breast surgery too.
- Digital alarm clock. Set medication times, use the multiple alarm setter on your phone.
- Electronics. Laptop, iPod, Kindle/nook, remote control, camera.
- Basket of clothes for a week or two. So no one will have to dig looking for clothes for you [include: Loungewear, socks, undies, bras, slip-on dresses, draw-string pants, extra binder or compression garments, tank tops to wear under your binder (to prevent rubbing)]
- Basket of cheap “dollar-store” toys. To be kept hidden until needed. Give it to the kids when restless (i.e. puzzles, new video game, coloring books, playdoh, crafts).
Bonus tip: Take your pre-surgery measurements for comparison. Take pre-surgery photos of yourself in many angles, nude, in certain outfits, etc — all for comparison post-op!
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