Tummy Tuck Recovery

Before you leave hospital

You’ll stay in one of our Transform hospitals for at least two nights following your tummy tuck during which time we’ll make you as comfortable as possible.

Before you go home your nurse will talk to you about the importance of wearing your compression garment, how to take care of your stitches and the practicalities of hygiene and bathing. We’ll also make an appointment for you to see your surgeon again within two weeks to remove your stitches and check on your progress. You’ll have a further post-op appointment a few weeks later so we can see that you’re healing well and happy with the results.

Our commitment to your care doesn’t end when you leave hospital. You’ll have post-operative appointments with both your nurse and surgeon to check on your progress and discuss any further aftercare you need. We’ll also want to ensure you are happy with the results of your tummy tuck.

Recovering at home - top tips!

It can take up to six weeks to make a full recovery from your tummy tuck, but this does vary between individuals. Please follow your surgeon’s advice carefully.

Some other great tips from former patients and staff include:

Transform Tip #1

Your nurse will prescribe pain medication if needed. Avoid taking aspirin or ibuprofen as these may affect the healing process and complete the course of antibiotics if you’re given them to prevent infection

Cheryl Flaherty
Patient care co-ordinator

    • Transform Tip #2

      I made sure I had everything I needed on a side table, like painkillers and a drink of water, a few magazines and the TV remote! This meant I didn’t have to get up and down all the time and pull on my stitches


    • Transform Tip #4

      You’ll need to experiment to see how you can sleep comfortably. I tried sleeping propped up and also with my knees bent supported by pillows to help protect my stitches


    • Transform Tip #3

      Wearing the compression garment is a little uncomfortable, but it’s important not to be tempted to take it off before the surgeon says you can


    • Transform Tip #5

      I bought some really comfy, cotton knickers in a bigger size to pull on over my tummy whilst it was sore and swollen


    • Transform Tip #1

      I made sure I had everything I needed on a side table, like painkillers and a drink of water, a few magazines and the TV remote! This meant I didn’t have to get up and down all the time and pull on my stitches


    • Transform Tip #2

      Wearing the compression garment is a little uncomfortable, but it’s important not to be tempted to take it off before the surgeon says you can


    • Transform Tip #3

      You’ll need to experiment to see how you can sleep comfortably. I tried sleeping propped up and also with my knees bent supported by pillows to help protect my stitches


    • Transform Tip #4

      I bought some really comfy, cotton knickers in a bigger size to pull on over my tummy whilst it was sore and swollen


With you every step of the way

Before you leave hospital we’ll give you our 24/7 patient helpline number so you can speak to a member of our clinical team if you have any concerns at all. Contact us immediately if you:

  • Develop a high temperature or have chills.
  • Notice any signs of infection or fluid gathering around your wounds.
  • Have any bleeding around the wounds.

Your aftercare is as important as the surgery itself. Our comprehensive aftercare is tailored to your needs and you will be covered by our 3-year aftercare programme. This includes free access to your surgeon at any time before or after your procedure. Your Patient care Co-ordinator will give you a patient guide at your appointment which will explain the details of the programme in full.

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