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upper abdominal swelling 5 months post op tummy tuck

  • brina67
  • Williamsburg, VA
  • 3 years ago

I am 5 months post op and I have been experiencing upper abdominal swelling from time to time since 3 months post op. The swelling is a substantial bulge more so on the right side and it feels hard not soft and sore if I press it. I have not worked my abs in the gym, but I do run 3 miles 3 times a week and lift weights. I am due for my 6 month check-up in April and I am scared the doctor may have to go back in. I did have liposuction along with the Tummy tuck, maybe he missed a section. Is anyone experiencing similiar results?

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Brina, when you say "it pushes back in", it sounds as though you possibly may have a hernia
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Since the last post in April, I have had liposuction revision again which has taken away the fat that was left and I have had a deteriorated kidney removed. But I continued to have this knot. My plastic surgeon asked me to cough and said to keep massaging it, and that it was scar tissue. That was in June (my last appointment with the surgeon). Since then the knot has gotten prominent and bulges. At the end of December, I went to a general surgeon and he ordered a CT scan. 17 Jan is my follow-up for the results of whether it is a hernia or scar tissue. I joke with my girlfriends that I paid all of this money to have a nice looking stomach and now I have scars from surgery.

Hoping all is well

Brina 67
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Hey Brina, just curious, is the bulge still there??
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Hi, the CT Scan came back as negative for a hernia. The bulge still comes and goes in the top half of my stomach. It could be my digestive system. I still have the lump which is going away, but now I have a new lump. Since I had liposuction revision (9 months ago) in the middle area where there were fat deposits left, the numbness is now wearing off around my midline section, to include belly button area in which I have a knot that hurts and is sore right below my belly button. I think it is scar tissue. I have a friend who had no problem what so ever with her tummy tuck. I guess each body is different.

Brina
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Thank you, I have read what the other doctors have to say, and the comments suggest an accumulation of fat. So I will address this issue during my 6 month follow up appointment with my doctor.

Brina67
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did you have this bulge directly after surgery. I have this. it is hard as a rock. the doc said to the nurses cause they asked and said it was due to deep suturing. I know I am still early,but I am going to ask again at my first pre-op on Monday. Good luck!!
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No I did not have the bulge directly after surgery, I was flat as a pancake, but I caught a cold around my 2nd month of recovery which caused me to cough a lot. I thought maybe I busted a suture. My bulging comes and goes and since I am approaching the 6 month mark, my stomach both top and bottom is sensitive to the touch ( I think everything is wearing off). The only thing I can do is address these issues with my Doc. Maybe fat was left there. But I have found that when this bulging happens I will sleep in a firm high wasted contol top panty and it pushes it back in. Go figure.

Brina67
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Here's what some doctors have to say about upper ab swelling a while after a tummy tuck. I hope this helps!

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