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    Are you going private or public?

    I read that if the seperation is bad enough, it can be done through the public system but haven't found anyone who actually had it done this way. Love to hear how you go.

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    I think it has to be very extreme to go through public and I'd imagine the wait list to be extensive.
    I'm going private :-) no health insurance either. When I weighed it up, waiting the 12 months etc, it wasn't really going to benefit me that much really... Plus I'm very impatient! Lol

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    My sister had one. She also said it was worse than her c/s, not painful, but the recovery was longer and a lot more uncomfortable. They literally cut your stomach, pull it back and re-sew so yes it does feel tight. She couldn't over eat for a good year+ without feeling uncomfortable.
    It looks great though and her scar was so thin it's practically gone, her surgeon was the best.

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    My friend had hers done then accidentky got pregnant again now she has a worse stomach than ever!!! Two separate cuts iykwim it's a little apron in between. She had a painful pregnancy as her belly had to stretch etc again.

    I've known two people who went public via the waiting list and one looks horrible and one looks AMAZING!! It really depends on your surgeon!


    Things I would look at.
    - cleaner
    - meals maybe even lite n easy
    - online food shopping
    - you do get a nurse to do your dressings at home I think 2 times a week. The drains are pretty gross (I mean when I saw my friends I actually vomited!) once they say you can move, MOVE!! But of course at the speed you feel comfortable etc or if they give you physio follow that plan (depends on surgeon!)

    This is my stomach and I'm 22. I'm getting a tummy tuck after my second bub. It is that bad it gets sweaty. I'm more embarrassed that I had stretch marks before I got pregnant (now 24 weeks)! I lost weight too fast medically. So I feel your pain completely! I'm wanting the lot though boobs and belly

    Good luck MM
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    Quote Originally Posted by pooks View Post
    I think it has to be very extreme to go through public and I'd imagine the wait list to be extensive.
    I'm going private :-) no health insurance either. When I weighed it up, waiting the 12 months etc, it wasn't really going to benefit me that much really... Plus I'm very impatient! Lol
    Can I ask how much your paying sorry?!

    And on the public issue speak to your GP about how it makes you feel. Mine was enough because I'm depressed etc I'm happy to try and help!

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    I'm not pooks, obviously, but mine was going to cost about $5000, that was with private health and Medicare rebates. Without those the cost was around $10,000.
    I could have gone public but tbh I wasn't comfy having no say in who did the surgery considering how major the procedure is, plus not being to plan ahead much without knowing when my name would come up.

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    That's not bad at all! I'm currently paying top level phi with plastic surgery etc for $165 pm I could probably save that :| oh well! I felt that way about my ENT surgeon & all my specialists I see. The waits for just chronic illness are insane let alone things like this.

    I really can't wait to see some progress pics of people's surgery!!

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    Thanks for the replies, on my phone so can't see while posting so sorry for not directing answers to the posters...

    I'm paying about $9600- then Medicare will give me about $700 back.
    The benefit with Private health would have been staying in hospital but I was in too much of a hurry to have it done ASAP.

    Thanks for the suggestions about practical things! I will be doing online shopping for sure!! I won't be having a nurse come to me, will be taking care of my own drains. I'll have DH, my mum and a friend to help get me to my follow up appointments while the drains are in etc.
    I'd love to do lite n easy but the cost wouldn't go down well with DH! Lol I'm pushing it with just the surgery hahaha
    I've started freezing some meals and will make up chick and vegie soup for my recovery.
    A cleaner is on the cards even just 2 hours a week for a month to get me through :-)

    Monnie- my belly looks very similar! I got to 36 weeks with DD1 before stretch marks took over my body!! All down hill from there!!!!

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    My stomach has been like this since I was 16 I lost about 30 kilos from a thyroid problem in 6 weeks!!! So it's liturally all skin. Even when I do lose weight I have to wear bigger pants because it doesn't fit around my skin. VOMIT lol.

    Freezing the meals is a great idea! And even rearranging the fridge so things for you are up high and kids down low? Like snacks etc/water for them (I don't know how old they are). I keep remembering things as I post lol. My friend put her bed up higher on phone books LOL sounds funny but it worked

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    My SIL had one done via public waiting list after loosing a lot of weight. I think she had to wait a good 1-2 years or her surgery and they did a crap job. She got a major staff infection after surgery. She hates it.

    In light of this if I ever got one done I would defiantly go private so I could choose my surgeon


 

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