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2011 - My second year of blogging in Brittany

I felt I would like to share some of the photographs I have taken so far this year and some from other years. I live in a beautiful part of Brittany and just love being here. It's a lovely place to photograph and enjoy being in through all the seasons and hopefully this blog will show you where I live my life.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

I survived my operation and am back home again - explicit photos which everyone may not wish to see

I am now back home again after my abdominoplasty operation to remove the spare skin from my abdomen after having lost over 11stone/72kgs with my mini gastric bypass.  My usual gastro surgeon performed the op - Dr David Lechaux.

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.

The next photographs are of when the vacuum dressing was removed on the Friday after the Monday operation.

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.


  1. You brave lady, but well done, what an achievement..

  2. Brave or mad I admire you all the same.

  3. Glad to report this morning, Monday, one week post operation, that my thigh is slightly better than it was yesterday. The dressings have been changed this morning and everything is dry and clean and good. So all good news.

  4. That's really good news Sandra!

    Philippa x

  5. We'll be over soon to see for ourselves how fab you look, not that you never did!! L n R xx

  6. I dared to look and it wasn't anywhere near as gruesome as I had imagined from your warnings! I've love to see a photo of your corset. You already look great and do you know the weight of the skin removed? You will weigh even lighter now and may need a spot of retail therapy for more clothes! Good luck with the recovery. xx

  7. Not much, Mandy. They only took 1.5kgs of skin away because it was all skin, no fat, I'd lost all the fat already. Strangely, at the moment, I weigh more than when I went in to hospital - something to do with all the swelling which is, of course, fluid. So I'm hoping once that goes down then I shall be 1.5kgs less than I used to be. Tummy muscles are getting less sore and I can cough gently now without crying! Thanks for the good wishes everyone.