I had a tummy tuck 17 months ago. I am still experiencing numbness right below my belly button. But know I have this little pouch that is numb. I am not sure if it is my muscle or what. Is that normal?
After a Tummy Tuck, is It Normal to Have a Small Numbness Pouch Below Your Belly Button?
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After a tummy tuck, is it norml to have a small numbness pouch below your belly button?
The usual signs of the nerves regenerating and neuropraxia resolving is itching, followed by a burning sensation and then occasional sharp, shock-like pains. These will be normal to experience, and actually a promising sign. Usually, normal sensation returns, but is is also possible to have decreased sensation or even increased sensation to the areas affected. Re-educating nerves postoperatively is often helpful and will allow proper instruction for the affected sensory nerves - methods include using different textures to the affected areas when showering, bathing, applying lotion, etc. If bothersome, there are some medications that may be helpful, including Neurontin for pain for hypersensitivity. You can try various textures such as washcloths, loofahs, cotton sheets, etc. Massaging the areas is also beneficial for the incision to make the finest scar possible. The last place to regain the sensation will be directly adjacent to the incision/scar as the nerves will make its way from the periphery to this location. If continual pain arises, evaluation is warranted. After ruling out other causes, one rare explanation may be that a neuroma has developed and may require surgical excision. This is very unlikely unless a large sensory nerve has been transected inadvertently during the procedure. Hope that this helps! Best wishes!
Numbness and swelling after tummy tuck
Pablo Prichard, MD
After a Tummy Tuck, is It Normal to Have Numbness
The TT interrupts many sensory nerve fibers resulting in some numbness in all patients. Much recovers over the course of a year. By then persistent areas of numbness are usually permanent. Even so, they get less and less bothersome.
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Some numbness is common
Thank you for the question. During the process of a tummy tuck the small nerves that innervate the skin are cut to allow removal of the excess skin. Many of these nerves will grow back but will take time. It is possible that some of the nerves will not return and some numbness will persist.
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Dr Remus Repta
Numbness post TT
The complete healing takes around two years for the numbness to vanish away like all the unwanted effects of the surgery, stay assured things usually get better with time.
The reason for the numbness is the surgical dissection and denervation of the abdominal sensory nerves, which is expected to be re-innervated later with the process of healing.The best.
Numbness after tummy tuck
The numbness that you are experiencing is not uncommon after tummy tuck surgery. The sensory nerves to the skin on the lower abdomen are cut during this operation by necessity. The innervation slowly returns in most cases but it can take time. You should see that the zone of numbness gradually diminishes as time passes.
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