The photos are explicit - you have been warned! The first one shows me marked up the evening before the day of the operation.
Although I had traditional internal stitching, the external wound was closed with glue and medical grade honey. An innovative system of a dressing connected to a vacuum pump was then connected which kept the wound stable and the dressing in absolute contact with the forming scar. This photograph was taken after the operation showing the new type of dressing and before the corset was fitted.
And now a photograph of the more conventional dressing applied once the vacuum dressing had been removed.
I was discharged the following day and my good friend, Jackie, picked me up and brought me home via the Pharmacy for dressings and anti-coagulant jabs and via the supermarket for lemon meringue icecream and baguettes.
Overall the experience was fine and thanks so much to the people who visited me while I was in Yves le Foll hospital.
I am now not allowed to drive for far too long and have to take it very easy. The corset stays on for eight more weeks.
I have overnight developed a very large, swollen, fairly unpleasant haematoma on my left thigh which is extremely uncomfortable. I shall see how it goes and the nurse has told me to ask for a doctor home visit if it gets any worse. Fingers crossed for the moment.
Three things I like:
1. Being back home in my own bed.
2. That I didn't take out the stairlift after I lost weight and didn't need it anymore - it's very helpful at the moment.
3. Being back on the internet and in touch with the world at large.