Panniculectomy vs Tummy Tuck vs Abdominoplasty

By RebDee Latest Reply 2015-04-02 15:13:26 -0500
Started 2015-04-02 07:18:48 -0500

I went to my Panniculectomy class last evening at Kaiser Permanente. I never knew there was a different between the Panniculectomy, tummy tuck, and abdominoplasty (which I had never heard of before). So the class was a success because I learned a lot. I am definitely going to have a panniculectomy which takes off the excess skin and fat that hangs down from my stomach and covers my pubis. And that is a free surgery,. However, I might need a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty to tighten my stomach an take away the last of my "pregnant" stomach and even give me a new belly button. Now the tummy tuck and abdominoplasty costs thousands of dollars but is several thousand less when accompanied by the panniculectomy. I won't know whether I will need the other two until I am seen by the surgeon. I had to fill out a bunch of forms and according to them, it will show if the surgeons are willing to do the panniculectomy at all.

My BMI went down from 36 (morbidly obese) to 26 (obese) and although I am less than the 30 that is the absolute most I could be for surgery, I must get it to 24 for optimum care. Therefore by August when my year post surgery is up, I must lose another 20 lbs.

I am already at the upper limits for surgery because of my age (72) and my Diabetes II, and my allergies to many medications. I do have all the right reasons for the panniculectomy (overhang, rashes, pain, itching).

Wish me luck everyone that I can have the panniculectomy and don't need much more as I really don't have the thousands of dollars that must be paid up front before surgery.

BTW - no exercise for at least one to two months post panniculectomy.

13 replies

Grandmama16 2015-04-02 15:13:26 -0500 Report

I hope it all goes well for you. I've seen similar surgeries on T.V. My 600 lb life. I applaud you on your weight loss.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-04-02 13:25:55 -0500 Report

You're going to be one hot sexy mama…lmao…I was sooo worried that I would need surgery after my weight lose…worried because the first time I lost the weight I had skin issues..wasn't really bad..but I know as you get older the less your skin "snaps back"…since day one of my weight loss journey I have been using natural soaps and skin products that are much less harsh and more helpful to my skin…I have been taking a bio available skin nail and hair supplement daily..drinking a metric ton of water..and doing toning exercises everyday…and believe it or not my skin is responding better to my weight loss now than it did a decade ago…yet another reason why we shouldn't just be concerned with our numbers and she be focusing on overall health…I am very sure your last 20 will come off…and I will keep in you my prayers as far as a speedy recovery from surgery is concerned…and cant wait for the wedding pics…

Pegsy 2015-04-02 13:05:08 -0500 Report

I hope the best for you on the surgery you have. I wish I could do this!

RebDee 2015-04-02 13:11:14 -0500 Report

I wouldn't be able to do it except it is free to those of us at Kaiser Permanente who had bariatric surgery which was also free since I took the 12 week course and the doctors confirmed that it was a necessary surgery.

suecsdy 2015-04-02 07:44:54 -0500 Report

Congrats to you RebDee! After this latest surgery, I'm not sure I want it any more. I am very pleased to just be rid of the ostomy bag, but the post op pain is going to take some time to forget. We'll see what happens next. You must be excited though! Happy for you.

jayabee52 2015-04-02 07:24:36 -0500 Report

Howdy Dee
I pray you will have success with whatever you choose to do.

RebDee 2015-04-02 07:32:25 -0500 Report

Thanks James. By the time I am done with surgery, losing weight, and practicing good weight management with eating, I will be svelte and sexy for the first time since my teens (I hope). Then I can plan my nuptuals.

jayabee52 2015-04-02 07:37:38 -0500 Report

Nuptuals? You got something going on with someone?

RebDee 2015-04-02 07:43:13 -0500 Report

James: Remember, I have a new boyfriend (now called my partner) named Sam. He is 82 years young, a Diabetic, and a wonderful, generous, loving man (something I have not had since my husband died 5 years ago). Besides, I told you about him before and even told you that we might get married after you and Valentine Lady.